Republicans in Congress can read polls and letters from their constituents as well as Democrats. They are starting to realize that it might not be wise to rubber-stamp a fast track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Republicans often are gluttons for punishment. So it's not surprising that they're gearing up for another futile and embarrassing letter campaign, this time on climate.
The Oklahoma House banned AP American History, the Tennessee House named the Bible “the official state book,” the Mississippi House passed a “Jesus Take the Wheel” bill. These right-wing efforts seem crazy. They're not.
On Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorating lives lost on the job, USW members will place spotlights on 35 crosses honoring workers killed at a Texas City refinery over 35 years, to highlight lives sacrificed when safety was compromised there.
Corporations get a special channel for submitting claims and getting enforcement of the words that appear in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Labor, environmentalists and other "stakeholders" don't get that.
Corinthian Colleges has officially shut down. But for most of its students, and for a generation enchained by student debt, the need for action remains. Abuses must be addressed, and their victims made whole.
The list is part of a letter the organization sent to Congress urging members to oppose the fast-track bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
As the Supreme Court prepares to hear opening arguments in marriage equality cases tomorrow, GOP presidential candidates are trying to have it both ways, and only succeeding at tying themselves in knots.
As I travel around America, I’m struck by how utterly powerless most people feel. The companies we work for, the businesses we buy from, and the political system we participate in all seem to have grown less accountable.
Obama unleashed the furies in the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership by calling out Sen. Elizabeth Warren by name and scorning his opposition. That puts more pressure on Hillary to take a stand.
Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in same-sex marriage cases that could result in a ruling that makes marriage equality the law of the land. Naturally, wingnuts have already worked themselves into a panic.
President Obama said that people who have concerns about Fast Track and TPP “don’t know what they’re talking about,” and compared them to conservatives like Sarah Palin talking about "death panels."
Students, professors, and alumni are increasingly telling their schools to put their money where their mission is by shunning oil, gas, and coal assets. And there’s no more symbolic time of year to make that kind of statement.
Sander Levin's "right track" bill was a path to doing at least some good for labor and others through passage of authorizing legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But it was quickly shut down.
It’s futile to hope that the GOP’s gaggle of corporate-hugging, right-wing presidential candidates will seriously address the issue of rising inequality in our land. How about the Democrats?
California has started to take education policy in a different direction, from fiscal austerity and rigid accountability to more financial support and more power and trust to local authorities.
In today’s education landscape, so dominated by the tyranny of testing, falsifying data is not the only way to ensure high scores. You can falsify education practice itself.
The federal government is the leading generator of low-wage jobs in America. Now those workers are calling on the president to step up and use his pen to lift workers up, not drive them down.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Progressive Caucus members stand with low-wage government contract workers, saying that taxpayer-paid contractors should pay workers a living wage.
A new reports confirms that "right-to-work" laws are really about employers' to "right" make their employees work for lower wages, and not about protecting workers rights.
As the Supreme Court takes up marriage equality again, conservatives are preparing for a likely landmark ruling by trying to bring back a phrase that once haunted black families: "We don't serve your kind here."
Given a choice between the market law of supply and demand and their hatred of our government, conservatives choose hatred of government over free markets every time.
Will Hillary Clinton embrace her party's growing call to increase Social Security benefits? It's not an extreme idea, or even a particularly “leftist” one. In fact, it was a key part of the Republican platform – in 1956.
Through privatization and contracting the U.S. Government has become the country's biggest low-wage job creator, funding over 2 million poverty jobs.
Signing the 1933 National Industrial Recovery Act into law, FDR rightly said “no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages has any right to continue in this country.” Let's make it so.
America’s “flexible labor market” is the envy of business leaders and policy makers the world over. There’s only one problem. The new flexibility doesn’t allow working people to live their lives.
At least one state seems to have missed the war on public schools: California. Could it be that California has found an alternative to the “reform” path that has created so much discontent?
With elected officials excluded from TPP talks, details of the deal deliberately shrouded in secrecy and free traders demanding lawmakers disregard the deal’s effects on constituents by Fast Tracking it, this process condemns democracy.
With groups allied around the Populism2015 platform "for people and the planet," we have a North Star for organizing and building coalitions, and a yardstick for measuring any candidate running for office.
There was a big rally in Washington on Monday to denounce the Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that "fast track" will push through Congress.
Senators are now advancing a bipartisan revision to the law known as No Child Left Behind. Education policy experts who often don’t agree find something positive in the bill.
Hundreds of activists at the Populism2015 conference gave a resounding "aye" when asked to ratify a 12-point platform that puts people and the planet first: "Everybody in, nobody out."
“The trust fund isn't real.” This claim is evergreen on the right – and it's wrong, as wrong as when Alf Landon deployed many of the same arguments in his 1936 race against FDR.
"Past trade deals haven't always lived up to the hype." So Congress and the public need as much time as it takes to evaluate TPP, and must be allowed to fix problems that might turn up in that time.
“Progressive” is our nation’s most popular political term, but most voters don’t really know what it means. We can help Americans understand and appreciate the progressive philosophy as we work to pull Hillary Clinton in that direction.
The Populism2015 conference started with a bang Saturday night, as more than 750 activists and member of four national progressive organizations came together to announce a new populist alliance around the Populism2015 agenda.
Fast track effectively pre-approves secretive trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the Congress and the public have a chance read, analyze and thoroughly consider their ramifications.
No one drives wingnuts more insane than Hillary Clinton, except possibly Barack Obama. When Clinton launched her presidential campaign this week, and epidemic of "Clinton Derangement Syndrome" broke out on the right.
House Republicans voted 239 to 179 to “make sure the people at the top stay there,” and give a $269 billion handout to the wealthiest 0.2 percent of Americans, by repealing the estate tax.
Populist movements challenge conventional wisdom. They mold opinion rather than reflect it. Yet, the emerging populist agenda – as reflected in the Populism 2015 Platform released this weekend – already enjoys strong public support.