Equal pay for equal work? We still haven't arrived at that destination. Decent pay that reflects the dignity of all who labor? In today's America, we've barely even begun that journey.
Yes, Republicans are furiously obstructing all they can, and this Congress may be end up being one of the least productive in history. But don't throw in the towel on immigration or minimum wage.
Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly told House Democrats the administration is backing off pushing fast track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The new progressive populism is having an effect.
We have to stop fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Then we should take the momentum from that to demand Congress and President Obama instead fix NAFTA first.
There are strong arguments for raising the minimum wage even more than $10.10 an hour – perhaps considerably more – than is currently being discussed, and the independent left should be making them.
Sens. Dan Coats and Rob Portman joined a filibuster of emergency jobless benefits because they could not attach a provision that would force recipients for take any job that was offered, no matter how low-paying or demeaning.
On Valentine's Day and every other, those arrows aren't hitting their lovelorn targets the way they once did. The reason? New research is pointing to our unconscionable – and still growing – economic divide.
There is a strong likelihood that the server of your Friday evening Valentine’s dinner would not be able to purchase a gallon of milk with the money coming that hour solely from his or her employer.
President Obama today signs an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The order will also raise the "tipped" minimum wage to $4.90 from $2.13 an hour.
By a margin of one vote, a Republican filibuster blocked extension of aid to the long-term unemployed in the middle of the winter. Then the Senate adjourned for another vacation. This is a clear measure of who they are.
Advocates of the Trans-Pacific Partnership claim that trade adjustment assistance for displaced workers will make it OK for the people who lose their jobs. The record of "NAFTA-style" trade agreements says otherwise.
Political disputes are supposed to be resolvable only when parties "meet in the middle" and agree. But with the issue of "education reform," only one of the disputing parties in the debate tends to be implored to seek compromise.
Last month, Republicans called offsetting the cost of extended unemployment insurance by extending the sequester a "gimmick." Now Republicans have voted to use that exact same gimmick to pay for something else.
West Virginia filmmaker Mari-Lynn Evans is interviewed on the “Zero Hour” radio show about the ongoing harm there caused by groundwater pollution and by selling government to the highest bidder.
Democrats and a few moderately-sane Republicans will formalize what everyone has known all along: It is illegitimate to put conditions on the vote to increase the debt ceiling.
Throughout the immigration debate, Republicans have run phony excuses for delay, Democrats keep stripping them away, and the process keeps moving forward. How many more excuses do Republicans have?
There’s an underlying pattern to policy positions "freedom"-proclaiming conservatives are taking. Each would rob people of their freedom to choose their jobs, negotiate their salaries, or decide how they want to live.
I was honored to be part of a historic and joyful event on Saturday as an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 North Carolinians streamed into their capital city from all over their state to participate in an historic Moral March on Raleigh.
An estimated 80,000 people showed up to march on the capitol in Raleigh, N.C. Saturday. But you wouldn't know it if you live outside the area. The country's big, corporate media didn't inform their audiences.
The GOP is moving ahead with new plans to replace the Affordable Care Act. Their belated solution to the nation's health insurance challenges just makes working families pay more.
There were 21,000 new manufacturing jobs in this report. At that rate President Obama won't make it to his goal of 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term.
Reagan’s economic legacy is one of failure, but in another way it could be argued that he was genuinely transformative: as the first celebrity politician for the modern corporate state.
Republican senators who just Thursday cravenly blocked a vote to extend long-term unemployment benefits must come back to the table and pass legislation that will help the unemployed and stimulate the economy.
Today's unemployment report, coming on the heels of the Senate's filibuster of emergency jobless benefits, is the bitter fruit of a broader campaign of obstructing measures we need to put people back to work.
Republicans today ended all doubt: They do not want to help the long-term unemployed. Given a bill that would help for a mere three extra months without adding to the deficit, Republicans filibustered it.
Think about this: If companies making and doing things here inside the U.S. had received orders for another $471.5 billion in goods and services, how do you think our economy would be doing?
There are truly no more excuses: Either Republicans vote for long-term unemployment aid today, or they expose their callous disregard for the long-term unemployed.
You know names like Koch and Adelson. The Government by the People Act would work to reduce the power of special interests and big money in our elections. And you can be a citizen co-sponsor.
How many times have Republicans been caught trying to trick the public into supporting driving down wages and otherwise pushing the country's income and wealth from We the People to a Few Wealthy People?
Congress needs to take an important step toward intervening with something that really would help our neediest children – early childhood education programs.
With one in four American households underserved by the current banking system, and with the U.S. Post Office in search of more revenue, why not use the postal system to offer banking services to lower-income households?
Senate Republicans have been using the filibuster to block the extension of long-term unemployment benefits. As far as ransoms go, this is about the best deal Democrats might get.
25 years ago, Kirk Cameron took to the big screen and spoke common sense about contraception reducing abortions. Today, a new report proves the case. Republicans should embrace it.
Activists across the country responded to a State Department report that might help give the Keystone XL pipeline the go-ahead. See a collection of pictures and news reports here.
Last week, Northwestern University football players showed they’d learned more than play books in years of gridiron training. They’d also learned teamwork.
The Forward Together Moral Movement has called for thousands of people to assemble at the N.C. state capitol on Feb. 8 for a Moral March to protest the extremist policies enacted by the state government last year.
Nearly every president since the minimum wage was established has signed into law a minimum wage increase, even when a conservative Congress loathed a Democratic president -- such as in 1949 and 1996.
In the fierce debate over our top-heavy distribution of income and wealth, egalitarians have vanquished both inequality's deniers and defenders. Now the debate is shifting to the most pivotal question of all.