Populists Are Driving the Ideas Primary

Big money speaks loudly in the money primary. But populists are driving the ideas primary, particularly among Democrats. And the president is discovering the effects in the debate over fast track and trade deals.
Robert Borosage
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Los Angeles Goes to $15 Minimum Wage

The City of Angels is rising, voting to lift its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. This is entirely a victory of the workers who led the fight and the community groups that joined the struggle.
Robert Borosage
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The Progressive Challenge

From Bill de Blasio's Progressive Agenda to the Populist 2015 Platform to the Stiglitz Report on Rewriting the Rules, progressives are driving the policy debate in the Democratic Party. Now candidates have to respond.
Robert Borosage
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Andrew Cuomo Feels the Heat, Sees the Light

For evidence that movement matters, read the attached op-ed by Andrew Cuomo. The man who shot down New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's efforts to raise the minimum wage now champions fast food workers. Who knew?
Robert Borosage
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The Trade Deal and U.S. Security: Don’t Believe the Hype

With the economic benefits of the trade deal admittedly limited, its supporters have increasingly peddled it as an answer to the threat that China will write the rules of the Asian markets. Don't believe the hype.
Robert Borosage
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The Sanders Challenge

Sen. Bernie Sanders will run a full-throated, uncompromised populist campaign for the presidency. That will test not the popularity of the populist message, but the strength of the populist movement.
Robert Borosage
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Sanders Gets In

The race for the Democratic nomination for president was transformed today as populist stalwart Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy. In a populist moment, Sanders is the real deal.
Robert Borosage
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Government Sweatshops: A Time for the President to Act

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.
Robert Borosage
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The Popularity of the New Populism

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.
Robert Borosage
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Hillary’s In: Challenges for the New Populism

Hillary Clinton has announced her presidential candidacy. This ratchets up the debate on the fundamental question of how to make this economy work for working people. This will be a test for the new populist movements.
Robert Borosage
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The Conservative Congress Votes Dynasty Over Democracy

Next week, House Republicans plan to vote to eliminate the estate tax, standing tall to defend the inheritances of the multimillionaires. They choose dynasty over democracy in America.
Robert Borosage
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The New Populism Driving the National Debate

A populist energy in gaining strength in America, mobilizing more and more citizens on the ground, and beginning to challenge the limits of the debate in the Democratic Party. Already the presidential race is affected.
Robert Borosage
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March Jobs Report: Nothing to Celebrate

The March jobs report disappointed. The economy slowed. Pundits will blame it on the weather. But one thing is clear: This is no time for the Fed to be thinking about stepping on the brakes. We're already going too slow.
Robert Borosage
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Who Wins the Money Primary?

The money primary of the 2016 presidential race is already on, even though most candidates haven't announced yet. Bush and Clinton are projected to do well, but the big winner of the money primary will be the money.
Robert Borosage
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The Populist Challenge: Moving On Up

Now the Boston Globe calls on Elizabeth Warren to run for president. A populist temper is spreading. People are looking for fundamental change, and that is driving the debate in the Democratic Party and the country.
Robert Borosage
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A Sober Look at the Good News in February Jobs Report

Jobs are up; unemployment is down. We've had five straight years of private sector jobs growth. But workers have yet to share in the rewards. The Fed should hold off stepping on the brakes.
Robert Borosage
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The Fast-Track Fandango

Why can't we have a trade debate worthy of the reality we face? Unprecedented trade deficits have undermined America's working families. We need a new strategy, not another dishonest and corrupted debate.
Robert Borosage
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A Voice for Workers at the Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve Board is deciding when to raise interest rates. Its decisions will decide if millions of Americans get jobs or pink slips, whether wages rise or stagnate. Workers need a voice in those deliberations.
Robert Borosage
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Rigging the Rules: The Next Corporate Sting

The president's budget will trigger a new battle over America's direction. It contains many sensible proposals. But hidden in it is the next corporate sting: a massive tax break for multinationals. Here is how the rules get rigged.
Robert Borosage
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The Mainstream Meets Occupy

The recent Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity may provide a leading indicator of Hillary Clinton's economic views. The mainstream gets it that the rules are rigged, but can't admit who did it.
Robert Borosage
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In Praise of John Conyers

A movement leader. A savvy legislator. A whip-smart politician. A pragmatic visionary. Michigan Rep. John Conyers is being honored by the Institute for Policy Studies for his 50 years of service in Congress.
Robert Borosage
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Growth or Fairness: The Phony Debate

After the 2014 debacle, Democrats are looking for answers. But the phony debate pitting growth and jobs against fairness distracts from what is needed, while repackaging the failed ideas of the past.
Robert Borosage
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The New Center Democrats: There’s No There There

Can old New Democrats find their voice in this populist moment? Hillary wants to know. William Galston, veteran scribe of the New Dems, applauds Sen. Chuck Schumer for showing the way. Only one problem: there's no there there.
Robert Borosage
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The Bipartisan Cromnibus Saga: A Final Assessment

With the passage of the spending bill, the keepers of convention – like The Washington Post editorial page – want applause for bipartisan achievement. But if that "spirit might flourish," most Americans will pay the price.
Robert Borosage
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The Budget Bill: They Can’t Help It; This Is Who They Are

This $1 trillion dollar spending bill contains the first signs of the resurgent Republicans. Their signature touches of governing for the rich and the powerful are the first slush of the Republican winter to come.
Robert Borosage
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Bernie Sanders Lays Down the Gauntlet

Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders put out a 12 point Economic Agenda for America. His reforms break the bonds of the limited debate in Washington, but they already have remarkably strong support in the country.
Bernie Sanders Lays Down the Gauntlet
Robert Borosage
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November Jobs Report: Good News Coming

The Department of Labor's November jobs report exceeded expectations, amid signs that working people may finally be seeing the first signs of the recovery that officially is in its fifth year.
November Jobs Report:  Good News Coming
Robert Borosage
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Low Wage Workers: “We Can’t Breathe”

Even as protests over the Eric Garner grand jury swept the country, low wage workers walked off their jobs in over 180 cities, protesting jobs that leave them with no way to breathe. Senator Sanders stood with them. Will others join?
Robert Borosage
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Chuck Schumer’s Populist Concession

Sen. Chuck Schumer started a brawl when he blamed the Democrats' losses on President Obama's success in passing health care reform. Missed in the hubbub is the surprising populist concession of the senator from Wall Street.
Robert Borosage
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Giving Thanks For The Strangers

As our family gathers this Thanksgiving, I am struck by the poetry and truth of the president's words in his immigration initiative: We know the heart of a stranger – we were strangers once, too. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
Robert Borosage
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Keep On Steppin’, Mr. President

President Obama's executive action on immigration has been greeted with the expected threats by Republicans. He would best ignore the noise and keep on acting.
Robert Borosage
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