President Obama declared inequality and an economy that is not working for working people the "defining challenge of our times." He offered an agenda for change and opened a debate that progressives should expand and pursue.
President Obama tells Americans the country is on the right track, but Americans aren't buying. The problem isn't the botched Obamacare launch. It is that the economy doesn't work for working people.
Bizarrely, Republicans are beginning to brag about sequestering America. Sequestration budgets cuts were designed to be repugnant. They fulfill that expectation. But Republican leaders argue that they "are working, and vow to sequester America.
It's back. A manufactured budget crisis. Failed negotiations. A threatened shutdown. And emerging from that nightmare, the continued horrors of mindless, meat-cleaver sequestration budget cuts. It is time to end the sequester horror show.
Beneath the Tea Party-generated gridlock in Washington, continued mass unemployment and growing inequality are confounding the old economic consensus. Heresies sounded in the temples of the old faith suggest the debate on reform has only begun.
The October jobs report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an economy that is going nowhere. The jobs calamity continues with no relief in sight. Congressional budget negotiations must focus address the jobs crisis.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren's appearance at the CAF 2013 Awards Gala on Wednesday night reflects her growing stature as a leader of the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party.
Another month, another budget crisis. This time, Republicans can't afford to shut the government down again. And Americans don't buy what Republicans are peddling. Democrats would do well to stand strong for the vast majority.
There they go again. Another manufactured crisis. Another budget deal. More posturing on core principles. More consensus on austerity. Here's how common sense gets lost in the fog.
The September jobs report assesses the labor market before the damage inflicted by the government shutdown. The news isn't surprising. For workers, the "recovery" remains an illusion.
The Republicans finally caved. The Tea Party zealots have been routed. But the beatings haven't stopped; they've only been suspended. The deal that reopens the government sets the date for the next contrived crisis two months from now.
With America on the verge of defaulting on its debts, Senator leaders are reportedly near a deal. It ends the Tea Party's hostage crisis, but schedules the next one only three months from now.
When Washington went to the beach, progressives opposed to the Summers nomination organized. What is clear now is that the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party is willing and able to challenge its Wall Street wing.
Republicans are gearing up once more to hold the nation hostage over the budget. As the melodrama and posturing rev up, here is a common-sense field guide for the self-inflicted crisis.
Instead of continuing its failed austerity-lite policies, Congress should be moving to a jobs agenda, making the investments that will help put people back to work.
The “boys club” that dominates Obama administration economic policy is all in for Larry Summers. The divide between Summers' critics and the insiders dramatizes the looking-glass world that is today’s Washington.
Most babies born in the U.S. today are of color. In three decades, more than half of our population will be people of color. Yet, even as diversity is our future, growing racial disparity is our reality. People of color are disproportionately poor.
The chattering classes are fascinated by the Republicans’ internecine battle to redefine the party in the wake of the George W. Bush calamity and the Mitt Romney defeat.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a net gain of 162,000 jobs for July, somewhat below the slow growth we’ve witnessed over the past months. The decline of the official […]