On Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio became the latest politician to declare what anyone who’s paying attention already knew: He’s running for president. Here is how Rubio will likely trip over his past before the race is over.
Any day now the fast track bill will be introduced in the Senate. Fast track is, in essence, congressional preapproval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
The time is ripe for a woman president and it’s ripe for an unabashed progressive populist agenda. If Hillary Clinton seizes this moment and runs with it, she could make history in more ways than one.
Economic analysts now say the economy isn't as strong as they thought. There never was much basis for claiming a boom in the U.S. economy and the people claiming otherwise were relying on a very selective reading of the data.
Hillary Clinton has announced her presidential candidacy. This ratchets up the debate on the fundamental question of how to make this economy work for working people. This will be a test for the new populist movements.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. When Rand Paul announced his candidacy for president in 2016, he probably didn’t envision his campaign launch becoming one of the worst in recent memory. But that’s exactly what it was.
Very soon Congress is expected to begin consideration of a Trade Promotion Authority (“fast track”) bill. There will be a “Week of Action Against Fast Tracking Trade Deals” that will kick off Wednesday, April 15.
This tax season, America’s billionaires are toasting you, the ordinary taxpayer. That’s because you’re the one picking up the tab for our nation’s ailing infrastructure of roads, bridges, and rail transport, among other things.
The latest attack on Social Security comes from a “libertarian” finance writer, an editor for the National Review and – inevitably – the editorial board of the Washington Post. But there's a struggle among Democrats, too.
Every time a conservative blames an individual for making bad choices, it makes the case for more government. When people are proven to make bad choices we need a “nanny state” to make good choices for them.
What likely animated voters' desire to oust Rahm Emanuel was his attacks on public schools and school teachers. Until Democrats are solidly supportive of public education, it is difficult to see how they will effectively counter Republicans
Sen. Rand Paul wants to radically slash the size of our federal government and drastically limit its responsibilities. Oddly for a devout ideologue, he doesn't want to tell you that.
Next week, House Republicans plan to vote to eliminate the estate tax, standing tall to defend the inheritances of the multimillionaires. They choose dynasty over democracy in America.
Challenger "Chuy" Garcia's defeat was a setback for the left, but the Chicago mayor's struggle to retain his office is a warning that corporate Democrats are likely to find themselves on the defensive in 2016 and beyond.
The GOP gained more than 300 state legislative seats in the 2014 election and now control 69 state legislative bodies while Democrats hold only 30. Progressives desperately need to engineer a strong comeback in 2016. And we can do it.
Marriage-equality-hating Indiana Republicans were joined by counterparts in Arkansas, North Carolina and Georgia in advancing government-sanctioned discrimination. This is not the way Americans treat each other. Well, not in 2015 anyway.
The days when the environmentalism was constantly pitted against economic growth are ending, even if climate science deniers continue to spread fear about economic devastation if we cap our carbon pollution.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the rigged “fast track” process are a new "third rail" to "the base." Progressive leaders are working to warn Hillary Clinton off from grabbing that new third rail.
A populist energy in gaining strength in America, mobilizing more and more citizens on the ground, and beginning to challenge the limits of the debate in the Democratic Party. Already the presidential race is affected.
This week, wingnuts tried to frighten Americans into believing that gays were going to take away their religious freedom, and learned — in Indiana, Arkansas, and a few other states — that those old tricks don’t work anymore.
The Indiana Toll Road is an infinite loop through the neoliberal world order, the mirror of a recursive economy in which every step toward corporatization creates more hardship – which calls for more privatization.
The March jobs report disappointed. The economy slowed. Pundits will blame it on the weather. But one thing is clear: This is no time for the Fed to be thinking about stepping on the brakes. We're already going too slow.
Rollouts of new tests in practically every state are prompting widespread opposition. Journalists aren’t describing the resistance well but make no mistake; it really is 'something big'
Everyone gets that past "free" trade deals rigged the rules against working people. Stopping new trade deals from making things worse is one part of the populist movement rebelling against extreme economic inequality.
President Obama's pledge is based on programs already in the works that don't need approval from a Republican Congress. More effort – and a new Congress – will eventually be needed to avert a climate crisis.
If the word “crisis” seems dramatic to you, you haven't been paying attention. The Federal Reserve recently released new data on student debt, and it shows that the situation is even worse than many people realized.
Unfortunately, the drop in the trade deficit was not the result of our trade partners finally buying as much from us as they sell to us (a.k.a. actual trade).
An alphabet soup of new financial vehicles – SLABS, CABS, PPPs, ISAs – created in the edu-debt sphere spells disaster, as Wall Street tightens its control over the education of our future citizens and leaders.
The powerful grassroots backlash against Indiana’s anti-gay “religious freedom” law is yielding results, inspiring hope and putting right-wing supporters of the law on the defensive.
This movement that started with fast-food workers in 2012 is now expanding to include a whole range of occupations, ranging from health care workers to adjunct professors, say organizers.
Why does the SEC continue to refuse to require corporations to disclose to shareholders how much of their money they are throwing into elections?
Everyone who testified at a Congressional hearing on the state of steel fingered bad trade as the culprit in the current collapse. As it is now, trade rules require Americans to forfeit a pound of flesh before trade enforcement can occur.
The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing Fast Track and expressing strong concern about the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The money primary of the 2016 presidential race is already on, even though most candidates haven't announced yet. Bush and Clinton are projected to do well, but the big winner of the money primary will be the money.
A healthy Republican primary would feature a competition of ideas to reach those presently outside the narrow Republican tent, with multiple candidates trying to better Jeb Bush's thin, if well-meaning, appeals.
In one more of many stunning examples of failure to govern, the Republican budget proposal cuts back infrastructure funding even more.
Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law the so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” Now Pence is complaining that the law isn't much different from 20 others. But, unfortunately, it is.
They've cheated customers and defrauded investors. Now they want to use our legalized system of campaign-cash corruption to protect themselves from the very government that rescued them.
Let’s be clear. Sen. Ted Cruz is not going to be president. Nor is he going to be the Republican nominee. But his wingnut tendencies will make 2016 a headache for Republicans, and more entertaining for the rest of us.
The American steel industry is getting hammered, and not by American-made Kentucky Bourbon. Steel companies are laying off, and closing plants due to low-cost foreign imports.