A key keeper of the market fundamentalist flame, the Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore, wants us to know that all his rich and powerful red-state pals really do care about income maldistribution.
The U.S. Treasury secretary gave a major speech on the economy. The discussion that followed reveals much about the disconnect between financial/political elites and the rest of us.
Massive income inequality is not new. Yet there are still conservative myths floating around about why it is and what we can do. Here are a few of the real reasons ordinary Americans languish economically.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka characterizes his vision of a progressive and populist-oriented labor coalition, not as a modern innovation, but as a return to labor’s roots.
America is plagued by too much public squalor and too much private wealth. Partisan obstruction blocks even modest reform. Americans will continue to struggle until they force a new politics.
Robert Murray of coal company Murray Energy ranted about global warming while six of his employees were dying because of his unsafe mine. Now he's fighting the EPA's climate regulations. Do you want to be on his side?
This week Democrats added 23 new bills to the comprehensive Make It In America plan. These new bills are not like the usual Republican "giving tax cuts to rich people fixes everything" nonsense. These bills contain real substance.
President Obama's executive order on student loan payment caps brought student debt to the news this week. Here are some of the budget trade-offs we could make to help Millenials attain higher education without burgeoning student loan debt.
Support for the Common Core is eroding away, and you have to wonder what the Obama administration and a significant wing of the education establishment are going to be left with.
Did our nation’s news media fulfill its duty to keep you informed about what is going on with your government? Here is what much of the media reported about Wednesday's student loan relief vote in the Senate.
There are legitimate conclusions to be drawn from Cantor’s defeat. But there are also some insights to be gained from David Brat’s upset victory, especially for the left.
Senators Sherrod Brown and Jeff Sessions have issued an appeal to President Obama to crack down on currency manipulation, which has cost 5.8 million U.S. jobs and increased the federal budget deficit.
Speaker Boehner can succumb to the panic, bury reform and let Obama and the Democrats get all the glory from the Latino community. Or he can look at the numbers.
On "The Big Picture," a vision of a Federal Reserve that serves the interests of ordinary people and not just bankers, and a look at the latest shooting incident involving right-wing extremists.
Corporations currently owe up to $700 billion in unpaid, “deferred” taxes. Congress can make them pay, or let them off the hook. Guess which choice Congress is about to make.
Perhaps some of the passion President Obama says he feels for people struggling with student loan debt could be reserved for the alleged victims of student loan servicer Navient.
Wage squeezes, share buybacks, and tax subsidies, three new progressive think tank studies show, are all combining to keep America's high and mighty ever higher and mightier.
GOP hardliners believe the North Carolina House Speaker speaks, and everybody else shuts up and listens. They are overlords self-empowered to muzzle and handcuff those who disagree.
Republicans flat-out bribe a Virginia state senator to resign, so they can block Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. This shows just how far "rich people government people" Republicans will go.
The "Young Gun" authors of the new conservative manifesto "Room to Grow" never mention the progressive labors and popular struggles that created the first-ever middle-class nation. But the Populist Majority must.
PBS (and its radio equivalent, NPR), while continuing to broadcast a great deal of fine programming, has increasingly come to reflect the agenda of “the one percent.” Is this why PBS spiked "Citizen Koch"?
Instead of creating jobs, a 2011 trade deal with South Korea has cost jobs and increased our trade deficit. Now there are signs that job loss could get much, much worse.
Whenever Reagan spoke of the Greatest Generation, he was not so much trying to remind Americans of its great achievements as to keep them from remembering too much of them. Will we now remember?
Jobs were up 217,000, as predicted, a rate that won't reduce the nearly 20 million Americans in need of full-time work, and won't boost wages to meet the rising prices of necessities. It's a snapshot. But it isn't sunny.
Low wage jobs drive a race to the bottom as people pull back, forcing more layoffs and wage cuts. But America has been replacing good-paying jobs with low-wage jobs for decades. It's time to raise America's pay.
Imagine how different this week would have been if utility companies across the nation were telling local TV networks and newspapers that their bills were going to double because of Obama's climate rules. That's not happening.
The president has an opportunity to make the Fed more democratic, in a way that would be economically transformative and politically popular. It’s also what the law requires.
A new study finds that privatization of government services "contributes to the decline of the middle class and the rise in poverty-level jobs, thereby exacerbating growing economic inequality."
A new report provides promising new strategies for reforming the nation's school discipline policies. It may be even more important to recognize how the new direction in discipline policies came about.
Imagine that American factories and other businesses had received $44.2 billion more in orders last month, and every single month, and you can visualize the effect of this.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is introducing an update of the Veterans Administration bill that Republicans filibustered in February. Will Republicans vote to solve the VA scandal or milk it for political gain?
Earlier today we had a wide-ranging conversation with Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio about the fight to expand Social Security and the social safety net.
Congress figured that investors have the right to know when CEOs are shoving such big hunks of the corporate profit pie into their maws that workers are starved and investors cheated.
With the EPA out strong with a creative rule designed to avoid negative economic impact, and with sharp prebuttals against attacks about lost jobs and higher bills, Republicans may want to take heed before overplaying their hand.
There have been reports that the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty would ban requirements that government agencies "Buy America" first. The House has voted to protect these provisions from being negotiated away.
Since we signed a "free trade" agreement with Colombia, 73 trade unionists have been murdered there. So 153 Democrats are insisting on stronger labor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
What are they afraid of? Why does the memory of FDR, the Greatest Generation, and the Four Freedoms rattle the right? Watch the video that Varney and Company of FOX Business News would not post.
Robert Samuelson is correct that income inequality in the US today is nothing like it was in the 1920s, because of the social welfare state. However his column is somewhat misleading on the income gains for middle- and low-income families.
The Right wasted no time seizing the opportunity the Financial Times gave them to discredit Thomas Piketty's book on wealth inequality, but felt no responsibility to amend their words when new information came to light.
An unfair tax dodge lets corporations hoard their money abroad. This puts honest companies that make things here and pay their taxes at a competitive disadvantage.