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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Obama unleashed the furies in the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership by calling out Sen. Elizabeth Warren by name and scorning his opposition. That puts more pressure on Hillary to take a stand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus released its People's Budget the day after House Republicans unveiled their proposal. The contrasts are stark and revealing. And at stake is the fight for America's future.
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.
In the trade debate, proponents peddle distortions; opponents are dismissed as Luddites. The Congressional Progressive Caucus offers an alternative that serves the nation's interest, not the special interests.
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.
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.
Rudolph Giuliani's slur against the president was vile, but the Republican and neoconservative chorus that is peddling fear and pumping for more war is truly dangerous.
Clinton is the prohibitive favorite. Some say a primary contest would be good for her. But the reason we need a populist challenger in the primaries is that we need a big debate about the direction of the country.
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.
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.
The president's State of the Union address challenged the Republican Congress with a broad populist vision. Its scope and its limits make progressive movement even more important.
Tonight's State of the Union address will be delivered before Republican majorities in both houses of Congress. Here's a short summary on the task the president faces tonight.
The Republican Congress offers no hope. The bipartisan agenda only digs us deeper in a hole. Americans are looking for real change. This poses both the challenge and the opportunity for progressives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The American economy will grow stronger, from the bottom up, once we end our two-tiered economic system and ensure that all workers have the same rights. President Obama's executive action is a major step forward.
The Campaign for America's Future joined Good Jobs Nation and the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to urge President Obama to issue executive orders that would boost wages and strengthen worker rights.