From the ruling: "Abraham Lincoln reportedly asked, “If you call a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have?” His answer was, “Four. Calling a dog’s tail a leg does not make it a leg.” "
The charter schools industry is propping up its image with a "Truth About Charters" public relations campaign. Meanwhile, another version of charter-school truth is playing out in communities across the country.
A new CAF report makes a compelling case: Rebuilding America's broad middle class requires reviving a strong union movement. Labor helped build the middle class; and as labor lost ground, so did the middle class.
An idea that the Campaign for America’s Future has been promoting is gaining traction. The technical name for it is “Single Sales Factor Apportionment” but it just means tax companies based on how much they sell here.
In one of its lesser-known provisions, the Affordable Care Act limited tax breaks health insurers could claim for executive compensation. While that may sound arcane, the implications could be profound and far-reaching.
Every part of Burger King’s success was enabled up by our taxpayer-funded American system. Now Burger King wants to take off from the country that made them what they are. But they still want us to eat their food.
South Korea and seven other countries were found to have been selling steel piping and fittings at below-market prices in an effort to put competitors out of business. This is a big deal for the U.S.-based steel industry.
The nation’s focus on the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri confers yet another opportunity for deeper racial understanding, but like too many others it is fleeting and frail.
Europe's governments are learning that spending cuts slowed economic growth and actually increased deficits. Meanwhile, America's "Great Recession" also drags on thanks to cutbacks in government spending.
Trade is supposed to be balanced. Instead we have been running continuing trade deficits since the late 1970s. A former assistant Commerce secretary has offered a new plan for balancing trade.
Is it true that the future "doesn't include jobs for humans"? We should be asking a different question: Will the next automation transformation be managed wisely and fairly for everyone, or just for the benefit of an elite?
As the season for new school openings rolls out, there are reasons for a new consciousness-raising about those schools that can be brought about when there's a shock to the system like Ferguson, Mo.
If the President tries to stop their effort to dismantle the government they will resort to their time-tested fall back position: just shut down the government. And, of course, blame anyone but themselves.
Corporate tax rates used to top out at 52.8 percent. They are now 35 percent. Now they want rates lowered even more. But are corporate tax rates really "uncompetitive?" And what does that even mean?
The idea of American corporations renouncing their citizenship to get out of paying for the services that they will still be using has pushed public opinion over the edge.
Who benefits from all of this? Defense contractors certainly do. They can argue that their products are useful to the nation both abroad and at home. And politicians can benefit from an ideology based on fear.
In the most recent CBS News poll, the public was split on which party will do a "better job" on the economy, with Democrats at 42% and Republicans at 41%. This should help break the tie.
Michelle Rhee's resignation from the organization she founded, StudentsFirst, is an alteration of a script already written by very wealthy people who’ve created an elaborate fiction for how the nation should educate its children
There is one conclusion to be drawn from the settlement’s otherwise vague “statement”: bankers at JPMorgan Chase engaged in widespread fraud, and in all likelihood they will never pay for their crimes.
The economy is improving and the behind-the-scenes numbers that economists and business types pour over look better than they have looked in a long time. But the voters Democrats need just aren't feeling this.
August 14 is Social Security’s birthday, which raises the question: what do you give the program that has everything? After all, Social Security enjoys massive public support. It’s the most efficient program of its kind in the country.
The 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II is just a year away. Let's truly honor the Greatest Generation. Let's redeem and renew the struggles for Freedom of Speech and Religion,and Freedom from Want and Fear.
What's the old Republican saying? "When I vote for a Republican, I want the real thing. I accept no substitutes." What's the old Democrat saying? "If I can't find a real Democrat to vote for I guess I'll just stay home."
Should Democrats run on what needs to be done or touting what has already been done? You wouldn't think this is a hard question. But the White House thinks its time to brag on the economy.
The game plan: Adopt your competition’s failed economic agenda, make yourself your opponent’s pallid shadow, and base your campaign on issues, positions and priorities that have little or no support among voters.
In 1994, Newt Gingrich unified the House candidates around the "Contract With America" platform, but the Senate Republicans weren't on board and most legislation died there. Now, there isn't a Contract to unify one house, let alone two.
Americans are in a foul mood, for good reasons. Current polls suggest the fall elections offer little hope for change. Conservatives have failed; liberals remain too cautious. Only citizen movements can foster the change we need.
Problem: Your right-wing brother-in-law is plugged into the Fox-Limbaugh lie machine and keeps sending you emails about "Obama spending" and "Obama deficits." Here are three "reality-based" charts to send to him.
A student trying to save for tuition at an acting school works at a restaurant that pays her $2.77 an hour – so she's trying to earn enough in tips to cover the cost. Consider what's wrong with this picture.
Three Republican Senators up for re-election this year voted for the bipartisan immigration reform bill despised by the anti-immigrant right-wing. And as of last night's victory by Sen. Lamar Alexander all three won their primaries.
New interviews with leading voices in the progressive education movement have brought to light how policy compromises forged by centrist Democrats have enabled truly bad consequences for public education. Progressives are saying "enough"
The numbers that accompany these deal announcements always seem impressive. Compared to the wealth that bank fraud has taken from American households, these settlements are a drop in the ocean.
Two University of Delaware economists looked at the 13 states that have raised their minimum wage and actually found that the job prospects of low-skilled workers in those states improved slightly.
Pundits suggest populism is capturing the Democratic Party and that populists should declare victory, invite all into their tent, and stop challenging wayward New Democrats and centrists who admit their errors.
A Republican Senate candidate comes out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Two open letters from members of Congress question it. A former WTO director-general warns about it. And there are actions you can take.
The story of the 2014 Republican primaries is the failure of the Tea Party to punish Republicans who show openness to immigration reform. Unfortunately, it's a story that hasn't been told.
Big news: Walgreens will not “invert” to become a Swiss company to avoid U.S. taxes. This is a victory for a powerful alliance of citizen groups under the banner of Americans for Tax Fairness. Now let's reform corporate taxes.
Walgreens has announced that it won't do an "inversion" that will enable it to cut its corporate taxes by renouncing its U.S. citizenship. But we still need to deter other companies from going that route.
Sen. Rand Paul's immigration proposal is an incoherent mess that can't stand real scrutiny. When faced with an undocumented immigrant who's life is on the line, Paul decided to flee the scene.
Thomas Friedman recently filed an editorial from, and about, Madagascar. In a new piece for Salon, we point out the flaws in his thinking – flaws that mirror his shortsighted […]