Watch this segment of "The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann" in which Robert Borosage and Richard Eskow discuss progressive politics in the wake of the retirement of long-time California Rep. Henry Waxman.
Senators – particularly Republicans – need to be flooded with calls this afternoon and Monday from members of the public who say, "End the stalling. Vote to reinstate emergency jobless benefits now."
It's an appropriate day to make a broader, more audacious statement about what every American should expect from our economy, and thus what our government should do to uphold those basis expectations.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he does not support fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, on the same day that a new poll reveals the extent of public opposition to the trade deal.
The latest polling shows President Obama wins, and Democrats in Congress will win, with a progressive populist economic agenda. And they need not shy away from highlighting Republican obstruction and wrong-headed priorities.
The Rev. William Barber II explains why he is calling people around the country to join a Feb. 8 "moral march" on Raleigh, N.C.: "In order to change America, you have to change the South."
Congress this week assaulted the jobless in two ways – by leaving Washington without reviving long-term jobless benefits that expired last month and by passing a budget that does virtually nothing to boost job creation.
Don't let Republicans get away with demanding that Democrats "pay for" a benefit for economically struggling Americans by taking away support from other economically struggling Americans.
The president of TransAfrica explains why the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership warrants the involvement of all people who care about racism, economic justice and human rights.
Why would the ALEC network of right-wing state lobbyists want to kill off incentives for using solar energy? Could it be the heavy investment in fossil fuels by one of ALEC's chief funders, the Koch brothers?
In an Associated Press survey published today, a group of three dozen economists for the most part agree that the "growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else ... [is] hurting the U.S. economy."
If you haven't been able to get a raise in your low-wage job, or if you've had a hard time getting a job at all, those stock buybacks could be a major reason why.
Thirty-two Democrats opted to put principle before the political expediency of compromise for compromise's sake. "Congress shouldn’t be patting ourselves on the back just because we didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot."
We have been calling on our supporters to flood their members of Congress today with this simple statement: "A budget deal that abandons the unemployed is no deal at all."
A new report shows that most of the "job creators" in today's economy are paying some of the highest corporate taxes, while the companies that are paying little or nothing in corporate taxes are the ones that are slashing their payrolls.
The phrase "full employment" is treated as something that would be uttered only by wild-eyed radicals. It's time to mainstream the term. That's why a new book by economists Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein is so important.
Corporate participants at a major transportation summit today must address the elephant in the room: the tea-party extremists that many of them bankrolled who block the infrastructure investments they are clamoring for.
USA Today offers the latest entry in the race to punish public-sector workers for successfully retaining the benefits that used to be broadly available to private-sector workers.
We helped deliver a petition to House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan signed by more than 700,000 people calling for "no grand bargain in exchange for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts."
The buzz today over a surprisingly positive jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics should not obscure the big picture. Job-seekers are still suffering because of reckless spending cuts and Republican legislative obstruction.
Let's send a loud, clear message to Congress that we expect those who are doing well in today's economy to pay their fair share and end their gaming of the tax system.
Terry McAuliffe's win in Virginia, even though it was a decisive defeat of a tea party hero, doesn't offer a template for rebuilding the electoral framework for progressive reform. That's the real challenge of 2014 and beyond.
This lifelong organizer and supporter of progressive causes will get a "thank you" for work spanning five decades at the Campaign for America's Future 2013 Awards Gala.
While the nation has been fixated on the problems with HealthCare.gov and as conservatives spin them, a similar computer meltdown has been taking place largely off the radar of most households.
The right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council has jumped into the conservative effort to dismantle public pension systems in a big way. So has TIAA-CREF, which markets the kind of plans that ALEC wants states to move to.
Taxpayers are already starting to pay dearly for the gamesmanship of the Tea Party Republicans, and the unwillingness of House Speaker John Boehner to stand up to them.
The nomination not only breaks a glass ceiling, but places at the helm of the Fed a person who is "committed to both sides of the Fed's dual mandate" to drive unemployment downward as well as keep inflation low.
At least 23 House Republicans and 200 Democrats would vote for a "clean" continuing resolution that would allow federal agencies to reopen without preconditions. But House Speaker John Boehner is refusing to allow that vote.
A Democracy Corps report challenges progressives to present a narrative and a set of values that speak broadly to the economic anxieties that most Americans share.
In the wake of our report on the effort to undermine public pensions, David Sirota writes in Salon about an organization created by John Arnold poised to lead an attack in California that could damage workers nationwide.
The idea is to penalize countries and companies that try to win a competitive advantage in the marketplace by paying subpar wages, allowing unsafe working conditions or escaping compliance with environmental regulations.
The past few days, as the Congress careened toward today's government shutdown, the media has been inundated with pox-on-both-their-houses framing of the issue. We have to stand up to the media on this.
Enron billionaire John Arnold has teamed up with an arm of the Pew Charitable Trusts in a nationwide march to dismantle public pension benefits – while protecting tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy.
A largely anonymous group of officials late last week wanted their work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership – often described as "NAFTA on steroids" – out of the spotlight. But a small group of activists put a spotlight on the negotiations.
The veto is the latest in a nationwide battle to end the practices of companies such as Walmart that build their businesses on the backs of workers receiving poverty wages and on the backs of taxpayers who subsidize their businesses.
As Congress prepares to turn to a high-stakes budget battle, author David Cay Johnston and Progressive Caucus co-chairman Rep. Keith Ellison advise progressives on what it will take to win.
A report says "most workers are likely to lose" as a result of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, and that what the economy will gain as a whole "amounts to a rounding error."