Are Republicans Insane Enough To Propose a Balanced Budget?

A 10-year balanced budget would require $5.5 trillion in deficit reduction by people who don't believe in tax increases or military spending cuts. By the final year, social spending would have to slashed in half.
Bill Scher
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The Student Debt Time Bomb

There’s a generational time-bomb ticking. The vast majority of college debtors still suffer in isolation, viewing their struggle as a personal problem, not a societal issue. But this is about to change.
Chuck Collins
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The Housing Crisis In the Shadow Of the Capitol

The people who make Washington function are increasingly unable to live in Washington. That's a symptom of a national housing affordability crisis that is not getting the attention it deserves.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Tom Cotton Should Watch More ‘Schoolhouse Rock’

If Sen. Cotton fully understood the U.S. Constitution, he would know that he needs 67 Senate votes if he's going to act like he can override a presidential veto. And his letter only has 47 signatures.
Bill Scher
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Krugman Gives the TPP a “Thumbs Down”

Krugman takes on the old trope that “protectionism” — democracies using tariffs to protect wages and regulations from being undermined by the lower costs that a thugocracy offers — harms the world’s economy.

A Trade Campaign Built On Four Pinocchios

A new PR campaign in support of Trade Promotion Authority a.k.a. “Fast Track” and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is launching. As its foundation are a set of misleading (at best) claims beginning with a Four-Pinocchio whopper.

Will Social Security Decide Maryland’s Senate Race?

It comes down to this question: Are these Democrats committed to ensuring that retired working people can live in dignity and financial security? That's become a litmus test for their commitment to the American majority.
Richard Eskow
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Republicans Ignore the Message of Selma

Despite rumors that House Republican leadership would skip the 50th anniversary of Selma, several Republicans showed up, but missed the point so completely that they might as well have stayed at home.
Terrance Heath
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MSNBC Roundtable: What If Hillary Doesn’t Run? [VIDEO]

Yesterday on MSNBC's "Up With Steve Kornacki," I discussed my recent POLITICO Magazine analysis "What If HIllary Bows Out?" Of course, the former Secretary is highly likely to run. But exploring the matter still has value.
Bill Scher
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North Carolina Is Our Selma

In our state, the voter suppression law has been referred to as a Voter I.D. law, giving it an air of “common sense,” as our legislators like to say. It has done so much more to disenfranchise North Carolinians than require an I.D.
Rev. William Barber
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How Our Trade Policies Kill Jobs

If people understood the trade deficit and the harm it does, they would demand that our politicians do something to fix it. And if that happened great things would happen for working people and our economy.

Wingnut Week In Review: The Selma Edition

In what may be one of the dumbest political moves of the year so far, no Republican leaders will be going to the 50th anniversary ceremonies in Selma this weekend. Not a single one.
Terrance Heath
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50 Years Later: The Long March From Selma To Ferguson

Fifty years after Selma, the Department of Justice's investigation of the police department and courts in Ferguson, Missouri, reveals the same racism that Selma marchers stood against, and the same economic consequences.
Terrance Heath
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A Sober Look at the Good News in February Jobs Report

Jobs are up; unemployment is down. We've had five straight years of private sector jobs growth. But workers have yet to share in the rewards. The Fed should hold off stepping on the brakes.
Robert Borosage
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This Trade Deal Will Make You Sick

Food is more than just what we eat. It connects us to each other and our environment. And how we treat it is of tremendous importance to our democracy. Right now, the future of our food is being decided behind closed doors.
Anna Meyer
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The Income Equity Act: Another Try!

Should America’s taxpayers be subsidizing all those millions in compensation that CEOs are collecting? Rep. Barbara Lee from California doesn’t think so. Her bill addressing that problem has just been introduced.

Anti-Fast-Track Momentum Builds

Opponents of fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are gaining momentum. In spite of a virtual media blackout, public awareness of and mobilization against the coming trade deal is increasing.

GOP’s Blind Hate of Labor Union Members

The GOP blindness to the difference between unionists and terrorists explains the relentless campaign by GOP leaders to renege on contractual obligations to workers, squash labor rights and slash the pay and benefits of union members.
Leo Gerard
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Silicon Valley Rising Fights for Worker Justice

Silicon Valley companies pay a lot at the top and almost nothing at the bottom. And the top is mostly white and male; the bottom is mostly people of color. Here's how workers are successfully organizing for a better deal.

The Nincompoop Caucus Sets a Record

The GOP-led House of Representatives has already achieved a historic legislative record. A record in futility, that is. And absurdity. House Republicans have voted over 50 times to strip away Americans' health care.
Jim Hightower
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The Federal Reserve Board’s Plan to Kill Jobs

While there is an enormous amount of political debate over various imaginary job killers, the Federal Reserve Board is openly mapping out an actual job-killing strategy and drawing almost no attention at all for it.
Dean Baker
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The Fast-Track Fandango

Why can't we have a trade debate worthy of the reality we face? Unprecedented trade deficits have undermined America's working families. We need a new strategy, not another dishonest and corrupted debate.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: Papa Bear Roars

Bombastic Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, affectionately dubbed “Papa Bear” by Stephen Colbert, formerly of “The Colbert Report,” is in so much trouble that he’s even defending President Obama. It’s that bad.
Terrance Heath
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Going Off the Rails

Some 1.4 million gallons of oil spilled in U.S. rail accidents in 2013 — more than over the previous four decades combined. A record 141 of these accidents occurred in 2014. What will it take to pull the brakes on this recklessness?

Video: Fast Track Explained In 7 Words

All the talk about “trade” deals might seem complicated, with all the “TPP” and “TPA” and “FTA” and “TTIP” floating around. It doesn’t have to be difficult, though.

A Voice for Workers at the Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve Board is deciding when to raise interest rates. Its decisions will decide if millions of Americans get jobs or pink slips, whether wages rise or stagnate. Workers need a voice in those deliberations.
Robert Borosage
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