The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a corporate/investor rights agreement, not a "trade" agreement. "Trade" is a good thing; TPP is not. Using the word "trade" in association with TPP is helping the other side.
America's deeply flawed trade policy is based on the philosophy that workers and the retired should be forced to suffer to facilitate the rich getting richer.
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.
This week, two right-wingers who portrayed themselves as exemplars of virtue and regularly lectured Americans on “family values” proved to be far from “pure” themselves.
The repercussions of the latest Justice Department deal with felonious big banks were limited to a few headlines and some scattered protestations. That’s not enough. Our financial system is corrupt by design.
The Senate is considering the rigged fast track trade process that would be used to push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Please make one more call to your senators and say you want them to vote against it.
An Inspector General's report outlines how post officies could provide essential services to some 68 million Americans who don't have a bank account or depend on check-cashing and payday lending outfits.
Sometimes a vote is a clear either/or, where you are either voting with Wall Street and the giant, multinational corporations or you are voting with 99 percent of Americans who actually (try to) work for a living.
Rather than calling for unproven gimmicks like charter schools, advocates for racial equity and social justice would do more for their cause by urging leaders to actually address these problems directly.
In the largest protest of its kind, thousands of McDonald’s employees stormed the company’s headquarters today to demand that it stop spending millions manipulating stock prices and start paying workers a living wage.
Call your senators today and tell them to support critical amendments and against fast track trade authority. Congress should not preapprove massive trade agreements that the public is not allowed to see.
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.
The left is important because it holds the key to energizing disaffected voters across the political spectrum – the voters who believe that neither political party is speaking to their most deeply-felt needs.
This week McDonald's cooks and cashiers will be joined by clergy members at the company's shareholder meeting to call on McDonald’s to invest in the company and its workers instead of wealthy hedge fund executives.
Advice for the Republican National Committee that it will not take: Cull the number of presidential candidates you put on the debate stage by how much money they raised.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is right: The rules are rigged. When bankers confess to fraud and get not one day in jail, the rules are rigged for the rich. Workers, families and communities need new rules.
The president says the pubic can’t see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it is still being negotiated. So let us see the parts that are not still being negotiated.
Nine months after police in Ferguson, Missouri donned riot gear, and met protestors with paramilitary weapons and equipment, the Obama administration has taken its first real steps towards halting police militarization.
The debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has taken center stage in policy circles in recent weeks. Its proponents promise a major economic bonanza from expanded trade. It's not clear that the economics supports this claim.
The president stakes his reputation on a trade deal that may increasingly be seen as a joint Obama/GOP initiative. If successful, his legacy could suffer a mortal blow and his party pay a terrible price.
President Obama says progressives who warn that trade laws could let corporations overrule U.S. law are "making this stuff up." Two such attacks on U.S. laws and regulations are underway right now.
This week, wingnut heads exploded when President Obama took them to task for shaming low-income Americans and Michelle Obama spoke about life as the first African-American first lady.
As promised, here is the list of Democratic Senators who joined Republicans to break the blockade of fast track trade promotion authority, preapproving the Trans-Pacific Partnership before the public can see it.
There is an intensifying fight over whether the jobs that our infrastructure spending creates should be "good jobs" with living wages and benefits or low-road jobs with declining wages.
It is still possible to kill Fast Track in the House if we can get enough Democrats to hold steady against it. Stay at it, let friends and family know about these trade bills, and keep the pressure on your own member of Congress.
We don't live in a world where policy makers must choose between reducing wealth inequality or helping working-class Americans get ahead. In fact, it's impossible to address one without the other.
David Brooks argued that the re-election of British Prime Minister David Cameron proves that "The world has not turned left" and instead we are experiencing a "Center-Right Moment." This is demonstrably wrong.
What happened in the Senate shows why the corporations are fighting so hard to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A legislative body jumped in and interfered with corporate plans. The nerve of those people!
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.
Democrats in the U.S. Senate were able to successfully block the trade promotion authority "fast track" bill using a filibuster today. This is a very big setback for the pro-TPP forces, but is not a final defeat.
I was asked by The Huffington Post to predict what Social Security might look like 10 years from now. That future is filled with both possibility and shadowed by danger.
In an increasingly crowded field, Republican presidential candidates and hopefuls are struggling to stand out, but Ben Carson stands out for all the wrong reasons.
America is in an abusive relationship with trade-obsessed politicians and corporations. Trade has killed U.S. factories, jobs and communities. No more fast-tracking abusive trade deals.
President Obama says that Senator Elizabeth Warren is expressing concerns about TPP because she is a politician. Politicians listen to their voters and know this vote will be remembered like the Iraq War vote was remembered.
Anti-government conservative ideologues and their big-business benefactors have an interest in convincing people that privatization, privatization-lite and breaks for tax evaders are the only options worth discussing.
On Friday, President Obama chose Nike headquarters in Oregon to deliver a defense of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It was an odd choice of venue. Nike isn’t the solution to the problem of stagnant wages in America. Nike is the problem.
Labour's Ed Miliband was unable to distance himself from the last Labour government that voters had rejected. In other words, voters had long memories. That's what should worry Republicans in America.
Fast track essentially pre-approves the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership. With a vote coming as soon as Tuesday Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has not yet spoken out for or against fast track.
Nike manufactures in Vietnam, and profits from Vietnamese workers being paid little and having few rights. If what the President says is true, then why would Nike be for it?
What do corporate chiefs want out of the latest global trade talks? A veto over government decisions that complicate their profiteering. Will they get that veto? Labor analyst Thea Lee sees reasons they just might not.