In Search of Our First Trillionaire

No 13-digit fortune has yet appeared on the horizon. But if we wait until we get close enough to see one, warns tax attorney and wealth analyst Bob Lord, we may find our plutocracy set eternally in concrete.

Killing Uncle AL

By locking out workers, and wasting untold millions on highly paid but inexperienced replacements and on security guards, ATI has finished converting itself from a pillar of the community into a pariah.
Leo Gerard
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The Populist Agenda Is An Electable Agenda

How did an unapologetic liberal like Bernie Sanders with a campaign that relies on small donors even come close to threatening a candidate like Hillary Clinton? Look at his platform.
Terrance Heath
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What Bernie Sanders Has Already Won

Nobody expected to be actually talking about Bernie Sanders being the Democratic presidential nominee. But whether he is or not, the political discussion Sanders wanted has started.

The Economy: Beneath the Din

Trump eruptions; stock market gyrations. The din aggravates, confuses and distracts from what we should be addressing. Here's a short bit a common sense to help sort out the real from the blare.
Robert Borosage
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Time to Kill the Death Penalty

On the surface Americans still favor the death penalty by a margin of two to one. And yet, progressives should now feel comfortable on this issue, especially in a primary election.

Right On Banks, Wrong On Schools

Congressman Mark Takano explains why even progressive Democrats fall for phony education reform. "if you liken education to bean counting, that’s not going to work."
Jeff Bryant
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Policy Proposals from #BlackLivesMatter

With the launch of Campaign Zero, the #BlackLivesMatter movement raises its political game with detailed policy solutions to end police violence that puts policy makers on notice.
Terrance Heath
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The Upsurge in Uncertain Work

As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow. It’s the biggest change in the American workforce in over a century, and it’s happening at lightening speed.

President Trump’s First 100 Days

The die-hard Trump fans who think he has magical abilities to transform Washington need only look at the last couple of celebrity blowhards who swept into office on a promise of radical change: Governors Ventura and Schwarzenegger.
Bill Scher
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Wingnut Week In Review: BatTrump

This week, Donald Trump gave the 2016 presidential election its best unofficial campaign slogan yet. Meanwhile, the Duggar family is proving harder to get rid of than a coldsore.
Terrance Heath
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Why Jeb May Have Bested Trump In The Town Hall Duel

Trump is not only the obstacle in Jeb's way. His anti-immigrant bigotry is a cancer on the Republican Party. Jeb seems to grasp more than most that the cancer needs to be removed
Bill Scher
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Summer Spells Hunger for Kids in Small American Towns

Only one in seven children who get help with food at school continue to get the food they need from summer programs. Many programs in low-income communities don’t qualify for summer meals under the current rules.
Richard Kirsch
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Sanders and Trump: The Populist and the Demagogue

Conservative commentators have begun to label both Sanders and Trump "populists," one from the left, the other from the right. This is a slur both on Sanders and on populism.
Robert Borosage
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Why Hillary Needs an Army of Digital Defenders

Wolf Blitzer spent an entire segment discussing with a Republican guest whether Hillary Clinton had committed a felony or a misdemeanor by using a private email server, without a single allegation of criminality or scintilla of evidence.
Peter Daou
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China Protects its Workers; America Doesn’t Bother

China lowered the value of its currency on three consecutive days last week, for a total of 4.4 percent, the largest decline in two decades, raising the question of when the United States is going to stop ignoring currency manipulation.
Leo Gerard
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Sen. Brown Blocking Trade Nominee Over TPP Secrecy

Legislators are busy people and must travel. Requiring them to be present while staffers who are versed in trade legalese examine the text of TPP is a way of keeping legislators and their staff from knowing what is in the agreement.

In Praise of Julian Bond

America lost a giant and CAF lost a friend when Julian Bond passed away this weekend at the age of 75. His piercing intellect, eloquent voice, and puckish humor will be sorely missed. He made America better.
In Praise of Julian Bond
Robert Borosage
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Julian Bond: Race Man, Poet, Movement-Builder — and Friend

By the time Julian Bond was 20 years old, he had helped lead the Atlanta sit-in movement, and he had left the academic life of Morehouse College to help found the legendary Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
Roger Hickey
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When Artists Cultivated FDR’s Four Freedoms

World War II ended 70 years ago this past weekend. Americans in all their diversity fought for the Four Freedoms – Freedom of speech and worship, Freedom from want and fear – and did so in diverse ways. All are worth remembering today.
Harvey J Kaye
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Are Unions An ‘Us’ Or A ‘Them’?

Divide and conquer works. When you face a strong enemy it's good strategy to break them apart into smaller units that can be fought separately. Example: a state initiative to gut California's public-employee pensions does just that.
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