Wall Street isn't just trying to get another friend into a powerful position and win back taxpayer guarantees. It wants to make its own agenda seem inevitable. It wants to crush an incipient populist resistance.
The Wall Street caucus in Congress is trying to slip a major attack on hard-won financial reforms into a spending bill designed to keep the government running. We're asking people to sign an emergency petition.
Can the populist wing of the party expand its influence over the business-friendly wing, and will congressional Democrats will use their leverage to scuttle any White House-blessed bipartisan deals in 2015?
CEOs somehow are not derided as moochers, even though their million-dollar pay packages are propped up by tax breaks. It is CEOs, not the working poor, who deserve public scorn for their dependence on government handouts.
Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly assured us that the “Ferguson story” would be over in a week. That was before a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer for killing Eric Garner, and a Cleveland, OH cop killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
A rising tide lifts all boats? New research and another dose of on-the-ground reality are shredding what little credibility the rationalizers of inequality have left.
The secret Trans-Pacific Partnership will have profound effects on our ability to make a living as a country. Yet you have to read about it in the Japan Times because few-to-no U.S. media outlets are covering it.
America can’t tackle widening inequality without confronting the power and privilege lying behind it. If the Democratic party doesn’t lead the charge, who will?
We have a very serious problem of financial regulators who serve Wall Street and not the general public. Our financial regulators have done a terrible job for everyone except the people they are supposed to be regulating.
The back-to-back Bush and Obama administrations allow us to easily compare the effectiveness of liberal and conservative economic policies. On jobs, unemployment and corporate profits, it's no contest.
Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders put out a 12 point Economic Agenda for America. His reforms break the bonds of the limited debate in Washington, but they already have remarkably strong support in the country.
Corporations are pushing Congress to pass something called Fast Track — a process that essentially pre-approves trade agreements before Congress even reads them for the first time.
The Department of Labor's November jobs report exceeded expectations, amid signs that working people may finally be seeing the first signs of the recovery that officially is in its fifth year.
Even as protests over the Eric Garner grand jury swept the country, low wage workers walked off their jobs in over 180 cities, protesting jobs that leave them with no way to breathe. Senator Sanders stood with them. Will others join?
Death, like life, occurs within an interconnected web of forces. Eric Garner died at a specific place and time, but he was drawn there by those larger and unseen forces. So was the officer who took his life.
Fast-food workers, home care workers, convenience store cashiers, discount store clerks, airport cleaners and ramp workers and others are demonstrating to demand $15 an hour and the right to form a union.
"Charter schools have been relentlessly marketed as a silver bullet for 'failed' public schools … But as these institutions proliferate, so are troubling reports of what the charter movement has unleashed."
African Americans still can't fully breathe in America under the smog of racism. It permeates our institutions and inhibits the ability of all of us to breathe. We may not all recognize it, but this is poisoning us all.
The “rising American electorate” is sinking, along with many other Americans, into an economic quagmire. If Democrats don't address their needs, they won't just fail to win new voters. They could also lose the ones they have.
Workers in as many as 190 cities around the country are expected on Thursday to demonstrate for a $15-an-hour wage, building on the foundation of the fast-food strikes of the past year.
Did you know that lots of workers who used to get overtime pay for working more than 40 hours a week ? They used to, now they don't, and President Obama could fix this with the simple stroke of a pen.
The Democrats' problem in the 2014 election wasn't lacking a common message. It was that its leaders seemed to lack commonly held values. The party doesn't need to find its message. It needs to find its soul.
Sen. Chuck Schumer started a brawl when he blamed the Democrats' losses on President Obama's success in passing health care reform. Missed in the hubbub is the surprising populist concession of the senator from Wall Street.
What would a fed-up caucus of Democrats (and independents) demand next? Imagine government policies that were not designed primarily to benefit the 1 percent and their corporations.
Pursuing health care reform did not stop President Obama from building on the stimulus. Congress did. President Obama proposed $80B of additional stimulus in June 2010. Blame the 53 Senators who killed it.
The 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference will be held Jan. 15–19 in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. The event is hosted by The AFL-CIO’s Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department.
America’s 400 richest are collecting far more of the nation’s income than they did two generations ago — and paying Uncle Sam far less. To fudge these facts, pals of plutocrats are having to work overtime.
Republicans in Washington are obstructing help for regular Americans, so many localities are acting on their own. Among them is San Francisco, where a new law will let employees know in advance when their work shift will be.
The skyline of New York, and the shadows it casts on all things public, is a physical reminder of how wealth and power get their way without regard for the impact on the lives and neighborhoods of everyday people.
Many Democrats examining what happened in the 2014 midterms are asking "what did the voters want?" But the right question is why did only 36.4 percent of potential voters bother to register and vote?
As our family gathers this Thanksgiving, I am struck by the poetry and truth of the president's words in his immigration initiative: We know the heart of a stranger – we were strangers once, too. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
This week, the only thing worse than the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, was the right-wing reaction to that decision. […]
Some of the special tax breaks in the extenders package are really good and serve an important purpose. Others include loopholes that actually encourage corporations to shift U.S. profits offshore into tax havens.
Sen. Warren needs no help defending herself. Rather, it is Andrew Ross Sorkin's New York Times piece that warrants further examination for its failed arguments and the misplaced intensity of his own emotions.
In other words, if Obama won't bend to Republicans demands, then funding for immigration enforcement will expire. And Republicans will be responsible for ending overnight all America does on a daily basis to secure the border.
The bankers' own deep-seated propensity for cheating and corruption may have given prosecutors a new opportunity to indict them. The departure of Attorney General Eric Holder offers a chance to forge a new approach.
In 2009 the Obama took action against China for the same thing, imposing tariffs for 5 years. That action expired and China again began dumping tires here below cost.
President Obama, like all 10 presidents since 1956, Republican and Democrat, has issued an executive order on immigration. The order says America will treat 5 million striving unauthorized immigrants with respect.
What we are witnessing is a reflection of a systematic failure in our society that is revealed wherever we are willing to look—schools, health care, employment, housing, life expectancy, poverty, and the list goes on.
Everyone understood that maintaining and modernizing our country's infrastructure created good-paying jobs with benefits. Republicans now oppose this because it creates good-paying jobs with benefits.