In this interview, Rep. Alan Grayson explains why Florida Gov. Rick Scott made the political decision that led to the death of Charlene Dill, and could lead to 7,000 unnecessary deaths in the next year.
If Citi and its peers hadn’t committed their fraud, America’s young people – along with millions of other Americans – wouldn’t need employment assistance today.
Your annual statement of earned Social Security benefits? Gone. Social Security field offices? Cut. Phone service? Slashed. All the evidence points to one conclusion: These cuts are motivated by ideology.
As a recent Pew study reported, millennial disaffection with the two-party system appears to be at record levels. But Sen. Rand Paul gravely misunderstands the nature of that political disaffection.
What one of the Koch brothers calls "character assassination" in a Wall Street Journal editorial, others would describe as a simple recounting of the facts. So let's turn the question over to an unimpeachable authority.
This latest Supreme Court ruling is a decisive battle in a determined and wealthy minority’s war against the popular will. And the people will continue to lose – until the rules of engagement are changed.
The common thread to all of the New Jersey governor scandals is a set of mutually beneficial relationships with Big Money and corporate-connected firms. Personal loyalty and ambition seem to trump the public interest.
Former Sen. Ted Kaufman, one of the great heroes in the fight for financial reform, doesn’t pull any punches in reacting to a report highlighting a lack of zeal in prosecuting Wall Street foreclosure fraud.
Recent speeches by former President Bill Clinton and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer showed that Wall Street continues to hold considerable sway in their party, despite the fact that its austerity agenda has failed.
At a time when so many Americans are struggling economically, our nation continues to pay a steep price for its global empire – and in more ways than one. Case in point: The delay in a vote on renewing emergency jobless benefits.
These are particularly rewarding times to be wealthy, what with runaway wealth accumulation at the top and actual tax rates for the rich and corporations near record lows. And yet the complaints keep coming.
I believe the moment will come, perhaps very soon, when we as a society will ask ourselves: How can we deny a higher education to any young person in this country just because she or he can’t afford it?
Joshua Smith of EPI talks about the Progressive Caucus budget on "The Zero Hour," and explains how the budget is really "a correction" toward the mainstream the right has pulled the nation away from.
MSNBC's Abby Huntsman expressed some strong opinions about Social Security. She also made some inaccurate and misleading statements. We have written this open letter to ask for a correction.
What are we really arguing about? People seem to have brought years of smoldering resentment to this conversation. Enough. We need to talk about transformation – and about electoral politics.
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 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.
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?
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.
A recent report confirms that some of the officials crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership were paid handsomely by the Wall Street institutions that stand to benefit from it.
President Obama's 2015 federal budget comes weeks he after declared inequality “the defining moral challenge of our time.” Early reports about the budget show no signs of such broad moral sweep or scope.
Progressives campaigned aggressively to remove the chained CPI cut of Social Security benefits from this year’s federal budget because they view the document as rhetorical as well as practical.
The White House has often been unwilling or unable to explain why additional spending is necessary to heal the economy – especially bad news for Democrats who'll have to face the voters in November.
Why is whether President Obama will reprise the "chained CPI" Social Security cut in his 2015 budget even an open question? Truth is, motives don't matter. What we know for sure is that it is still an open question.
There are strong arguments for raising the minimum wage even more than $10.10 an hour – perhaps considerably more – than is currently being discussed, and the independent left should be making them.
West Virginia filmmaker Mari-Lynn Evans is interviewed on the “Zero Hour” radio show about the ongoing harm there caused by groundwater pollution and by selling government to the highest bidder.
There’s an underlying pattern to policy positions "freedom"-proclaiming conservatives are taking. Each would rob people of their freedom to choose their jobs, negotiate their salaries, or decide how they want to live.
Reagan’s economic legacy is one of failure, but in another way it could be argued that he was genuinely transformative: as the first celebrity politician for the modern corporate state.
With one in four American households underserved by the current banking system, and with the U.S. Post Office in search of more revenue, why not use the postal system to offer banking services to lower-income households?
Perhaps no myth is more prevalent or intractable than the one that says that the United States is a “moderate” nation. Polling data shows conclusively that this is wrong, but the mythology refuses to die.
FDR was an unapologetic liberal, a believer in the ability of government to channel the goodness of people for the betterment of all. On the occasion of Roosevelt’s birthday, let’s agree to stop apologizing for government.
How did Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech resonate on Wall Street? Sometimes the old saying is literally true: Silence is golden. Perhaps that’s not surprising. But the nation deserved better.
Pete Seeger knew that what comes first is the poetic reality, the musical reality, the realities of the heart. The heart must be inspired by the beauty of the dream. And the beauty of the dream is the cadence of the song.
By now millions have heard that Silicon Valley billionaire Tom Perkins compared progressive political speech to the night of religious violence that paved the way for the Holocaust. Here’s what you probably don’t know.
What do you give a Wall Street CEO who has presided over a decade of fraud and criminality, who directly supervised a unit which lost $6 billion through incompetent and […]
This could become the model for a new and profoundly subversive model of governance, in which elected government becomes little more than an afterthought to corporate-backed deal-making. But the fight isn't over.
Politico reported recently that "Washington went to war against big Wall Street banks" and "Washington won in a blowout." If the banks are losing a war, every conqueror since Genghis Khan would be glad to do the same.
When you look too long into the Abyss, said Nietzsche, the Abyss looks into you. That’s what Republicans' economic statements are like nowadays. Instead of a core philosophy, there's an abyss. But they still have an agenda.
Democratic voters have been pleading with the president for years not to cut Social Security. Now the pleas are coming from Democratic senators. You can’t blame them. They could lose over this issue.