We have learned that the series hired a leading "new Democrat" (read, "corporate Democrat") as a consultant for the show's most misleading episode, which suggests that cutting "entitlements" is a necessity.
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.
Republicans, have mercy on your presidential candidates. Just get this immigration debate over with so your presidential candidates don't have to flip-flop anymore.
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.
Voters are less familiar with—or think less about—the many government programs that the rich and powerful use to warp markets in their favor. Let us count the ways.
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.
Eight senators let the country know there is going to be a fight over fast track trade authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Sen. Bernie Sanders said, "Enough is enough. This country now is in a major race to the bottom."
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?
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.
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.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had everything going for him that an incumbent could hope for, but a populist uprising forced him into a run-off, in a re-election campaign he was almost certain to win.
The 2010 Dodd-Frank law directs the SEC to require public companies to disclose the "pay ratio" between their CEO and median employees. Five years later the SEC still will not do this. Is the SEC simply defying the law?
The bill, the Student Success Act, was written completely by Republicans, passed through committee without any Democratic support, and has already drawn strong opposition from the Obama administration and others.
Supporters promise TPP will have protections that will prevent more jobs from being lost due to overseas trade. We've heard those promises before. Look carefully at the record and you'll know why you can't trust those promises now.
Republicans can’t run from Rudy Giuliani’s hateful rhetoric about President Obama’s patriotism, because the party's right-wing base won’t let them. This is who they are.
Republicans, who want you to think they take terrorism more seriously than President Obama because they like to say "radical Islam," are playing games with the money to protect us from terrorist attacks.
Gov. Bruce Rauner could not conceive that a ceremony in the neighborhood railroad mogul George Pullman named after himself was about recognizing the workers who triumphed despite him.
A lone bureaucrat fighting the investment brokerage industry has found new allies on a issue that stands at the intersection of two national challenges: financial regulation and retirement security.
On Friday, Wisconsin Republicans said they will hold a sudden special session this week to vote on a set of anti-union laws. The state’s union leadership is asking people to come to the capitol on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The rise of “independent contractors” Is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce – contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity.
In state legislatures, 2015 is the right wing's best chance to enact the most extreme legislation. The right has made clear three overarching goals: weaken labor unions, suppress voting, and satisfy their religious extremists.
Their policies have led, not to development and democracy, but to chaos and collapse. Our global reputation as a just and democratic state – the “fourth power” of our principled beliefs – lies in tatters.
Rudolph Giuliani's slur against the president was vile, but the Republican and neoconservative chorus that is peddling fear and pumping for more war is truly dangerous.
As California's high-speed rail project proceeds, we should build pressure to bring the same promise of jobs and increased economic growth to other gridlocked areas of the country.
The civil rights argument for annual testing continues to devolve into circular reasoning: that we need to test every poor black and brown child every year to see what their test scores are.
Richly rewarding failure is absurd. Yet it’s business as usual for King Coal as companies large and small hurtle toward bankruptcy. Without profits, the industry will eventually collapse. And that’s good environmental news.
Reviving America's Postal Banking system would help millions of people now being exploited by the predatory Payday Lending and check-cashing services industry.
Three signs add up to one stark reality: A nation that prides itself on being the land of opportunity is closing the avenues of advancement for an entire generation. Change will come only if we take action.
Almost two weeks before a “bomb train” carrying 3 million gallons of oil exploded in West Virginia, a House Republican who should have been demanding safety upgrades for oil tankers was blocking them instead.
I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains. The fact is, trade agreements are no longer really about trade.
"Our faith traditions call for community participation" in the upcoming trade debate in order to "ensure all people have a meaningful opportunity to participate in the creation of good policies."
Like Germany, the United States has its own austerity cult. For these cultists, as for the characters in our nation's newest hit movie, pain seems to have become an end unto itself.
The Christian right has a history of fanaticism extremism, and folly. Since the Reagan era, politicians have deployed these tendencies to appeal to the sensibilities and loyalties of ordinary Americans while picking their pockets.
There will be a series of rallies across the United States this week and next week to oppose Fast Track legislation. On Thursday between 1-2 p.m. ET you can join the #FightFastTrack Twitter storm.
Residents of Richmond, Calif., home of a Chevron oil refinery, know they’re endangered when workers are. Like the workers, the residents want refineries to become good neighbors by operating safely.
Clinton is the prohibitive favorite. Some say a primary contest would be good for her. But the reason we need a populist challenger in the primaries is that we need a big debate about the direction of the country.
After a federal judge struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, “Ten Commandments” judge Roy Moore channelled governor George Wallace. The usual wingnuttery ensued.
Green energy won’t hit critical mass until conventional wisdom stops dismissing the prospect of wind, solar, and other options supplanting fossil fuels as some kind of joke.
The American Postal Workers Union has brought together an alliance of organizations to "support the fight to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services now—and for many generations to come."
Corporations like Staples want an “Easy” button to get out of being responsible for providing their workers with health insurance. Republicans are trying to give them one.