Mitch McConnell has been frank about what the GOP would do with the Senate – at least when he thinks nobody's listening. Here are 12 destructive things a Republican Senate would do, based on McConnell's own words.
Democrats should be using Social Security expansion as a key part of their 2014 election strategy. Social Security has come up in several more races, but there's no time to waste.
A top regulator tells us that bank CEOs never intended to commit foreclosure fraud. Internal documents obtained several years ago from a bank-backed venture seem to contradict this claim.
A recent study confirms something leftists have suspected for a long time: People are happier in countries with larger governments, a more generous “welfare state,” and more government intervention in the economy.
As autumn descends on the nation’s capital, people are saying there’s a darkness on the edge of town. It’s born of the fear, pessimism and uncertainty which have become the Republican political brand. But there is an answer.
Progressives who are elected to executive office can change the political landscape through action. Two of Bill de Blasio's actions challenge the ‘bipartisan’ consensus which has too often strangled open debate.
AIG's lawsuit, which featured testimony from two former Treasury secretaries, is giving the American people some hard lessons in the workings of the bailout process and the shortcomings of our current economic system.
President Obama’s next pick for Attorney General could help reshape both the nation and his own legacy. Either of these candidates, William K. Black or Tom Perez, would be transformative.
New York City faces extraordinary challenges, but this year's winner of the Campaign for America's Future Progressive Champion award has already amassed a striking list of accomplishments.
Carmen Segarra was appointed to oversee a sleazy and disreputable institution with a record of bad behavior for which it had recently paid a record fine. That's important to remember when you hear her tapes.
The conversation was enlightening. It was also alarming – as in, a wake-up call. There's substantial polling data which lays out what must be done. The question is, Will enough Democrats get the message?
Sexism. A culture of violence. Untrustworthy leadership. Runaway inequality. ... We’re not talking about America's top corporations. We're talking about the NFL.
Rand's work is shallow econo-porn, part Kraft-Ebbing and part Horatio Alger, possessing neither coherence nor philosophical depth. She writes that Galt’s Gulch represents “the mind on strike,” but it’s more like a work slowdown.
Bill Scher concludes that there are only minor differences within the "Democratic family" which are best resolved without “war”-like primary challenges. It’s an attractive vision. Unfortunately, its also wrong. Unfort
Scotland’s independence vote has been cast. This historic vote should be studied by all those who want to affect political and economic change around the world, because there are important lessons to be learned.
It would be a grave mistake, for the planet and for ourselves, to overlook Sunday's Flood Wall Street rally, which will target the role of global capitalism in our environmental crisis.
These pictures create a paint-by-numbers picture of a lifelong losing game. The middle class and working poor are increasingly trapped in a downward slope that stretches from their golden youth to their sunset years.
Two little-known rules on executive pay are currently being reviewed by the Securities and Exchange Commission. While they have received almost no press coverage, they may have far-reaching consequences.
A new poll confirms that voters don’t just want their Social Security benefits protected; they want them expanded. A firm stand as defenders and expanders of Social Security is a winner for Democrats.
Democrats have very little time in which to tell that voters exactly what they would do to create more and better jobs, how that would benefit both the unemployed and the underpaid middle class, and who's stopping them.
With the midterm elections only two months away, the Democratic Party’s prospects seem doubtful. The party needs a spark, a fire, a source of inspiration. An embrace of the minimum wage could be exactly what it needs.
Labor Day was last weekend. For the occasion we interviewed our own Robert Borosage on The Zero Hour radio program regarding his piece entitled "Inequality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Empowering Workers."
Tolstoy wrote that "kings are the slaves of history." Unfortunately for Burger King, which intends to renounce its American status for tax purposes, neither history nor public opinion is on its side.
In one of its lesser-known provisions, the Affordable Care Act limited tax breaks health insurers could claim for executive compensation. While that may sound arcane, the implications could be profound and far-reaching.
Monday morning the S&P 500 composite index briefly passed the 2,000 mark. But out beyond Washington and Wall Street and the Hamptons, out in the world where most Americans live, things aren’t quite as rosy.
Is it true that the future "doesn't include jobs for humans"? We should be asking a different question: Will the next automation transformation be managed wisely and fairly for everyone, or just for the benefit of an elite?
Who benefits from all of this? Defense contractors certainly do. They can argue that their products are useful to the nation both abroad and at home. And politicians can benefit from an ideology based on fear.
There is one conclusion to be drawn from the settlement’s otherwise vague “statement”: bankers at JPMorgan Chase engaged in widespread fraud, and in all likelihood they will never pay for their crimes.
August 14 is Social Security’s birthday, which raises the question: what do you give the program that has everything? After all, Social Security enjoys massive public support. It’s the most efficient program of its kind in the country.
The game plan: Adopt your competition’s failed economic agenda, make yourself your opponent’s pallid shadow, and base your campaign on issues, positions and priorities that have little or no support among voters.
The numbers that accompany these deal announcements always seem impressive. Compared to the wealth that bank fraud has taken from American households, these settlements are a drop in the ocean.
Thomas Friedman recently filed an editorial from, and about, Madagascar. In a new piece for Salon, we point out the flaws in his thinking – flaws that mirror his shortsighted […]
It is a demonstration of what happens when people who are opposed to government are given positions of power within it and do not face a sufficiently eloquent and well-organized opposition.
The progressive economist says Janet Yellen is adopting a more activist, interventionist stance as Fed chair, something he and other progressive economists had been advocating for some time.
There's no bad news on Social Security, and Medicare's outlook has improved. So how did the well-funded naysayers react to these positive developments? With fear, not wisdom.
The real story about income inequality is what progressive activists are doing about it, says the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The latest wave of action will confront "wage theft."
How does it feel to be the CEO of a “defector corporation”? Do such executives face the opprobrium of society as they enjoy the fruits of this land that has given them so much? So far, apparently not. But that may be changing.
Activists huddled over coffee to plot new ways of defeating metaphorical “snakes” while other attendees networked over drinks as they sought to climb career ladders.
Republicans are raising alarms about Social Security’s disability trust fund. But a staff member for one senator admits seeking to use the issue "to catalyze a broader discussion" about cutting Social Security benefits.
These agreements leave criminal bankers with no incentive to mend their ways. Here are seven reasons why the much-touted new deal isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be, especially for consumers.