The Newark story is part of a larger pattern in which Republican governors override local governments, especially urban ones, to serve both their ideology and their corporate patrons.
The Caucus' proposal is a loud and audacious rebuke to conservative austerity economics. It will be a sharp contrast to the budget expected to be introduced in April by House Budget Committee Chair Rep. Paul Ryan.
Young adults hold liberal views on social issues but are increasingly reluctant to identify with either party. To win them, Democrats must differentiate themselves in their devotion to improving young peoples' lives.
It doesn't matter if they'll save money and get better coverage; they just know they're going to die. These people simply put their fingers in their ears and sing "lalalalala."
If you are like me (and who isn't?) you will be absolutely fascinated by these two audio tracks. Seriously. Just listen to the first five minutes, then I'll tell you what they are about.
President Obama’s budget wasn’t actually dead on arrival last week. But Republicans knew it would speak to the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans. So they tried choking it.
When Sen. Ted Cruz wanted to talk to the nation about health care, he read "Green Eggs and Ham." When 30 senators seized the Senate floor last night for an all-night talk-a-thon about climate change, they delivered the facts.
Opponents of raising the minimum wage offer a number of claims suggesting it would be a supposedly bad idea. Unfortunately for their cause, all of their arguments fall apart under close scrutiny. Here are the ones deployed most frequently.
If you think of Detroit's bankruptcy and its effect on public workers as far away and unrelated to life in your hometown, think again. The next victim could be your town, your community, your retirement.
Let's learn from our not-so-distant past and share the gold. New technologies don't have to bring us new inequities. The prime example from our past: The advent of television in the decade right after World War II.
The Democratic Party, and especially President Obama’s wing of it, must not define the leftmost boundary of political debate. If we are to see a “dream budget,” we need to dream bigger than this.
This week, the world watched as Ukrainians threw out their Russian-puppet president, and Russian president Vladimir Putin prepared to invade. Conservatives, naturally, have decided that it’s all President Obama’s fault.
Rep. Paul Ryan says that "the left" is offering Americans "a full stomach and an empty soul." The truth is that conservatives like Ryan are offering Americans empty stomachs and empty rhetoric.
The trade deficit went up slightly in January, and as a result manufacturing jobs aren’t doing all that well. That’s because a trade deficit means that jobs move out of the country.
The February jobs report is more of the same: an economy that is not growing fast enough to put Americans back to work or to provide any lift to wages. This isn't due to the weather; it is due to the perversity of politicians.
We have a standoff over testing as the chief means of determining the fate of the nation's schools. A new call for congressional hearings provides a useful option to go forward.
Simple message: The trade deficit costs jobs. Our budget deficit right now doesn't. This is a huge issue. Please ask your elected officials and candidates what they plan to do to fix it.
Fifty-seven percent of small businesses in a new survey said they support a $10.10 minimum wage. They think an increase in the minimum wage is good for their bottom line and would be good for taxpayers.
In his latest attack on the poor, Rep. Paul Ryan repeats the old conservative trope that the “breakdown of the family” is the main cause of poverty. Ryan has it backwards.
The home of the Super Bowl champions is also America's minimum wage champion, with the highest state minimum wage of $9.32. And it beats the national average for job growth.
Yes, conservatives have tried for years to turn "tax and spend" into an epithet. But this strategy would reduce joblessness and inequality while stimulating the economy.
Again and again President Obama has proposed programs to help the economy and create jobs. Again and again these proposals have been obstructed by Republicans in Congress.
Some date the advent of the tea party to 2007, when Ron Paul held a “tax day tea party” fundraiser to fill his campaign coffers. But the broader movement began five years ago last week — shortly after Barack Obama was sworn into office
President Obama's 2015 Budget picks good fights with the right enemies. It exposes those who oppose it for who they are. But his longer term projections are a slow retreat from where we need to go.
We need an economy that works for everyone, not just the top 1 percent. Income inequality is finally getting some long-overdue attention from our lawmakers, but we need less talk and more action to make our economy work for the 99 percent.
Romney's complaint was that Obama wasn't supporting long-range missile defense systems over Russian objections. But Bush did support them, and the same thing happened.
Here's a final question before Sunday night's relatively unmemorable Academy Awards gala fades from memory. Why were the only two films to deal with financial scams also the two surprise shut-outs of the night?
According to the GOP, some Americans are sub-citizens who don’t deserve rights equal to those enjoyed by, well, the right-wing. Republicans think they’re right, and anyone who disagrees doesn’t deserve rights.
The economic actions and trends that have hollowed out the middle class and led to massive wealth concentration at the top 1 percent are not even mentioned in Ryan's "War on Poverty" report.
Dog whistle politics have served Republicans well. But with shifting demographics, they may become an albatross around the party’s neck. No issue reflects that dynamic as clearly as immigration reform.
More than 40 organizations today called on the U.S. Trade Representative to let the public have a say in what rights foreign-based business interests have in our legal system.
It's election time, when the Republicans decide it's time to troll for votes among their lovely base by kicking the poor. Thus, Rep. Paul Ryan's back with a budget that re-brands the GOP's "War On the Poor" as "Poverty Reform."
A prominent conservative in Congress has released a tax reform package that actually will not leave the rich significantly richer. Should progressives be grateful for small blessings — or suspicious? Or both?
House Speaker John Boehner has announced that Republicans plan to offer another budget proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chair, for fiscal 2015. Progressives should relish what's to come.
When the week began, Arizona governor Jan Brewer thought she had all the time in the world to decide whether or not to veto Arizona’s “Gay Jim Crow” bill. By the middle of the week, Brewer learned differently. Conservatives lost it.
Arizona and Uganda are nine thousand miles apart, but they were side by side in the news this week, due to extremist anti-gay laws that spring from and are supported by the religious right.
In a Harper's essay and an interview with Bill Moyers, Adolph Reed Jr. argues the American left has ceased to exist as a viable political force. This has the potential to jumpstart some long-overdue conversations.
In the Public Interest and the American Federation of Teachers offer progressive education activists a new resource for pushing back against efforts to turn public schools into private profit centers.
Fix the Debt once boasted a budget of $40 million. Today, it’s shedding staff and going into hibernation, having failed to win any of their top priorities. Their demise proves that deep pockets don’t always prevail in Washington.