They've cheated customers and defrauded investors. Now they want to use our legalized system of campaign-cash corruption to protect themselves from the very government that rescued them.
Why Wednesday's budget vote is so important: Democrats need to be on record supporting the Caucus, both to shift the political debate and to provide themselves with a stronger platform to run on in future elections.
All four of Hillary Clinton's potential challengers have criticized Wall Street's unethical practices and undue political influence. She has not. Is that a problem?
The Maryland Senate race has just begun, of course. But so far, it seems to point to the pitfalls of corporate “centrism” – and the promise of economic populism.
What are we to make of this year's Republican budgets? They harm seniors, use the disabled as pawns, punish the needy, pamper the wealthy, and employ deceit – all to promote a selfish agenda for the wealthy and powerful.
The Citizens United decision was dependent on an assurance that it would not lead to even the appearance of corruption. The findings of two Huffington Post reporters challenge that assertion.
It comes down to this question: Are these Democrats committed to ensuring that retired working people can live in dignity and financial security? That's become a litmus test for their commitment to the American majority.
We have learned that the series hired a leading "new Democrat" (read, "corporate Democrat") as a consultant for the show's most misleading episode, which suggests that cutting "entitlements" is a necessity.
A lone bureaucrat fighting the investment brokerage industry has found new allies on a issue that stands at the intersection of two national challenges: financial regulation and retirement security.
Their policies have led, not to development and democracy, but to chaos and collapse. Our global reputation as a just and democratic state – the “fourth power” of our principled beliefs – lies in tatters.
Three signs add up to one stark reality: A nation that prides itself on being the land of opportunity is closing the avenues of advancement for an entire generation. Change will come only if we take action.
Like Germany, the United States has its own austerity cult. For these cultists, as for the characters in our nation's newest hit movie, pain seems to have become an end unto itself.
Class war is precisely what we've been seeing for decades now – but it's been waged for, not against, the wealthy. Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee opened up a new front in that war Wednesday.
The Institute for New Economic Thinking shows how without a dramatic shift in policy, we'll be divided into a small minority with fabulous wealth and a permanent underclass with few hopes or prospects.
Every day brings more headlines in the European debt drama. What's behind it? What does the future hold? Are there any implications for the United States? Here's an overview of the situation as it currently stands.
We've accepted the downsizing of government without a struggle, and that needs to change. That means reclaiming the voice and spirit of an independent left, without fear or apology.
This year's budget battle is important because it gives progressives an opportunity to explain why austerity economics is a failure -- and to offer something better in its place.
There are energy policies that benefit society as a whole and those that benefit the very few – the Kochs and their ilk. Guess which kind the GOP supports? If you want to know why, follow the money.
The president and his party should own their victories more often, along with the ideas – and the movement – that made them possible. If they do, they're likely to see more victories in the years to come.
Dr. Martin Luther King King Jr.'s life and legacy stand as a challenge to an entrenched society of privilege and injustice. Here are nine quotes that reflect that legacy.
Ayn Rand's face seems to hover, pale and sepulchral, over everything today's GOP does. Her contempt for those in need seems to have seized possession of today's GOP like a demon in a B movie.
Unexpectedly fierce Republican attacks on Social Security offer the president an opportunity to set the political tone for the next two years. During the State of the Union we'll see whether he seizes that opportunity.
There is no avoiding two harsh realities that “centrist” Democrats must now confront: They appear to be unexpectedly locked in a battle for control of their party, and their policies are unpopular.
How does the right justify the kind of action Congress took this week, when it moved to cut disability benefits for millions of people by 20 percent? Answer #1: With buzzwords and rhetorical dodges. Answer #2: Not very well.
Who bears the human cost of Republican hostility to this popular and vital program? Today it's the disabled. If they succeed, tomorrow it will be America's seniors. But we'll all pay, one way or another.
Name-checking the problem won't be enough. Inequality must be connected with the lived experience of most Americans, translated from the realm of abstraction into specific proposals. But which ones?
The Volcker Rule. The Citigroup Amendment. If you're looking for an easy political ride, 2015 isn't likely to be your year. But if you're looking for challenge and purpose, you'll find more than enough to engage you.
A candidate who “supports Wall Street within reason,” offering only tactical promises about "ending gridlock" while most Americans fret about the economy, is in danger of losing.
anders' website announced on Saturday that the Vermont independent “will introduce legislation to break up Wall Street megabanks ... " He deserves praise for having done so.
"A few more such victories and we are undone," the Greek general Pyrrhus supposedly said. But we're looking at the opposite situation: A few more losses like this, and we might be getting somewhere.
The budget deal hammered out this week literally imperils the economy. Congress is doing Wall Street's bidding, and this agreement must be stopped.
Wall Street isn't just trying to get another friend into a powerful position and win back taxpayer guarantees. It wants to make its own agenda seem inevitable. It wants to crush an incipient populist resistance.
Death, like life, occurs within an interconnected web of forces. Eric Garner died at a specific place and time, but he was drawn there by those larger and unseen forces. So was the officer who took his life.
The “rising American electorate” is sinking, along with many other Americans, into an economic quagmire. If Democrats don't address their needs, they won't just fail to win new voters. They could also lose the ones they have.
The Democrats' problem in the 2014 election wasn't lacking a common message. It was that its leaders seemed to lack commonly held values. The party doesn't need to find its message. It needs to find its soul.
Sen. Warren needs no help defending herself. Rather, it is Andrew Ross Sorkin's New York Times piece that warrants further examination for its failed arguments and the misplaced intensity of his own emotions.
The bankers' own deep-seated propensity for cheating and corruption may have given prosecutors a new opportunity to indict them. The departure of Attorney General Eric Holder offers a chance to forge a new approach.
The last straw: President Obama's nomination of Antonio Weiss, a global banking executive heavily involved in helping corporations avoid paying U.S. taxes, to a high-level post at the Treasury Department
Some surprising new polling results by Social Security Works underscore the unpopularity – and long-term destructiveness – of Congress' ongoing attacks on the Social Security system.
We interviewed economist Dean Baker on the latest set of jobs numbers. We also discussed the postal banking concept, and had some closing thoughts about the recent controversy over remarks made by economist Jonathan Gruber.