Forced Trade

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.
Leo Gerard
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Populists Are Driving the Ideas Primary

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.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: Duggar Family Values Edition

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.
Terrance Heath
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The Big Banks Are Corrupt – And Getting Worse

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.
Richard Eskow
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Los Angeles Goes to $15 Minimum Wage

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.
Robert Borosage
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The Left Matters – Now, More Than Ever

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.
Richard Eskow
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How To Solve The RNC’s Debate Problem: Money

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.
Bill Scher
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President Obama Moves To Stem Police Militarization

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.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: Shame, Shame, Shame

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.
Terrance Heath
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The Senate Fast Track Deal – What’s Next

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.

Opportunity or Inequality? That’s No Choice At All.

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.
Richard Eskow
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Sorry, David Brooks. This Is No “Center-Right Moment.”

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.
Bill Scher
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The Progressive Challenge

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.
Robert Borosage
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Fast Track Train Off Rails — For Now

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.

Ben Carson’s 13 Craziest Beliefs

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.
Terrance Heath
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Trade Abuse

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.
Leo Gerard
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You Don’t Have To Sell Your Soul To Pay For Infrastructure

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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A Trans-Pacific Partnership For the 1 Percent

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.
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