There is no avoiding two harsh realities that “centrist” Democrats must now confront: They appear to be unexpectedly locked in a battle for control of their party, and their policies are unpopular.
One of the first bills passed by the Republican House after being in session for three days was the "Save American Workers Act of 2015" - and by "save" Republicans meant saving 1.5 million workers from the burden of having health insurance.
How does the right justify the kind of action Congress took this week, when it moved to cut disability benefits for millions of people by 20 percent? Answer #1: With buzzwords and rhetorical dodges. Answer #2: Not very well.
Not only have Republicans in recent memory made tentative statements about being "open" to raising the gasoline tax, a group of Republican House members have actually voted to do it.
A broad cross-section of elected officials and leaders say "fast track" trade deal approval would pull a curtain in front of another effort to drive jobs out of the country and cut wages.
Instead of relegating the New Year to more of the same, let's resolve to make 2015 the year we work on the most important education issue of all – racial and economic inequity.
Who bears the human cost of Republican hostility to this popular and vital program? Today it's the disabled. If they succeed, tomorrow it will be America's seniors. But we'll all pay, one way or another.
Losing $39 billion in a single month is a terrible, terrible, enormous, humongous tragedy for our country. It represents tremendous pressure on wages and jobs.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls for "different choices ... that put working people first" as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka launches a new effort to mobilize workers for jobs and growth.
Open, inclusive communities free of discrimination are critical to our national success and central to our values of equal opportunity for all. We've made significant progress toward that goal, but more work remains.
The news media has a virtual blackout on information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and fast-track authority. This means it is up to you to get the word out to friends, family and others.
Mitch McConnell’s goal for the new Republican-led Congress is simple: Don’t scare voters away from a GOP presidential candidate in 2016. Recent events, both silly and serious, suggest that will be an uphill battle.
Yesterday's ground-breaking ceremony for California's high-speed rail system was the second major advancement in President Obama's vision for modernizing America's train tracks in the last two weeks.
Name-checking the problem won't be enough. Inequality must be connected with the lived experience of most Americans, translated from the realm of abstraction into specific proposals. But which ones?
House Republicans start the new Congress by declaring that tax cuts defy gravity and that future disability payments should be held hostage to set the stage for Social Security cuts.
We should return the top corporate tax rate to 50%. Why let a few already-wealthy people reap the entire return from We the People's investment in corporate profitability?
America just celebrated the season of giving with Hanukkah and Christmas presents, year-end charity donations and soup kitchen volunteering. Now, however, Americans may suffer the season of GOP taking.
The former New York governor's 1984 Democratic Party convention speech captures what Americans who are either treading water or sinking in today's economy need the Democratic Party to stand for.
Two of the world's top progressive social scientists, the British epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, reflect on how economic inequality poisons our lives — and how we might detox.
Republicans have announced that their first order of business in the new Congress will be to try to force the Keystone Pipeline through. This prioritizing shows that they understand who paid their way to the dance.
While legislative efforts to advance economic and social justice were thoroughly frustrated in Congress, there were true progressive victories in states and localities across America. Here are the Top 10 for 2014.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has become the most visible leader of the growing populist movement that is uniting a new majority around an agenda for change. Here's Warren's thinking about the economy in her own words.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy.
The next round of "NAFTA-style" trade agreements actually let corporate courts block countries from passing laws that interfere with profits. Fast Track pre-approves trade agreements, outsourcing Congress' job.
Between 2001 and 2013 the massive growth of our country’s trade deficit with China has cost us 3.2 million U.S. jobs.
The Volcker Rule. The Citigroup Amendment. If you're looking for an easy political ride, 2015 isn't likely to be your year. But if you're looking for challenge and purpose, you'll find more than enough to engage you.
It’s time to say goodbye to 2014, and wrap-up the first year of “Wingnut Week In Review.” But first, let’s trudge down memory lane and recall the best of the worse in wingnuttia this year.
As soon as the new Congress is sworn in next year the fight will begin over Fast Track. Start preparing now.
It's not as much fun to write about as a broken website, but Healthcare.gov is humming along this year. And the decades-long rise of the cost of health insurance premiums appears to have been arrested.
To more permanently tip the scales closer toward equality for workers, President Obama should support workers’ right to form unions and collectively bargain for a fair share of the profits derived from the sweat of their brows.
There are end-of-year holiday season bright spots for progressives as we head into the coming year’s fights. In the cities and states progressives are fighting and winning.
The Nobel Prize-winning economist says that through corporate consolidation and even gentrification, the elite are siphoning up all the world's wealth for themselves.
On June 8, 2014, white, anti-government, tea party supporters shot and killed two Las Vegas police officers. Conservative media was conspicuously silent.
After the 2014 debacle, Democrats are looking for answers. But the phony debate pitting growth and jobs against fairness distracts from what is needed, while repackaging the failed ideas of the past.
Santa Cruz came to town this week with an early holiday gift for President Obama and the Democrats, and wingnuts predictably lost it when the president effectively called an end to the “cold war.”
Brilliant people with expertise and a willingness to serve the public is a good thing. It is something we want people to do. But the number of Citigroup and other Wall Street people in high positions of our government matters right now.
In 2014, charter schools became known primarily for their ability to concoct innovative new scams. From local stories to national news, charter school scandals of 2014 forever altered the narrative about these schools
Can old New Democrats find their voice in this populist moment? Hillary wants to know. William Galston, veteran scribe of the New Dems, applauds Sen. Chuck Schumer for showing the way. Only one problem: there's no there there.
A candidate who “supports Wall Street within reason,” offering only tactical promises about "ending gridlock" while most Americans fret about the economy, is in danger of losing.
Insider trading has also become commonplace in corporate suites, which is one reason CEO pay has skyrocketed. If Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission wanted to reverse this, they could. But they won’t.