What's the old Republican saying? "When I vote for a Republican, I want the real thing. I accept no substitutes." What's the old Democrat saying? "If I can't find a real Democrat to vote for I guess I'll just stay home."
Should Democrats run on what needs to be done or touting what has already been done? You wouldn't think this is a hard question. But the White House thinks its time to brag on the economy.
The game plan: Adopt your competition’s failed economic agenda, make yourself your opponent’s pallid shadow, and base your campaign on issues, positions and priorities that have little or no support among voters.
In 1994, Newt Gingrich unified the House candidates around the "Contract With America" platform, but the Senate Republicans weren't on board and most legislation died there. Now, there isn't a Contract to unify one house, let alone two.
Americans are in a foul mood, for good reasons. Current polls suggest the fall elections offer little hope for change. Conservatives have failed; liberals remain too cautious. Only citizen movements can foster the change we need.
Problem: Your right-wing brother-in-law is plugged into the Fox-Limbaugh lie machine and keeps sending you emails about "Obama spending" and "Obama deficits." Here are three "reality-based" charts to send to him.
A student trying to save for tuition at an acting school works at a restaurant that pays her $2.77 an hour – so she's trying to earn enough in tips to cover the cost. Consider what's wrong with this picture.
Three Republican Senators up for re-election this year voted for the bipartisan immigration reform bill despised by the anti-immigrant right-wing. And as of last night's victory by Sen. Lamar Alexander all three won their primaries.
New interviews with leading voices in the progressive education movement have brought to light how policy compromises forged by centrist Democrats have enabled truly bad consequences for public education. Progressives are saying "enough"
The numbers that accompany these deal announcements always seem impressive. Compared to the wealth that bank fraud has taken from American households, these settlements are a drop in the ocean.
Two University of Delaware economists looked at the 13 states that have raised their minimum wage and actually found that the job prospects of low-skilled workers in those states improved slightly.
Pundits suggest populism is capturing the Democratic Party and that populists should declare victory, invite all into their tent, and stop challenging wayward New Democrats and centrists who admit their errors.
A Republican Senate candidate comes out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Two open letters from members of Congress question it. A former WTO director-general warns about it. And there are actions you can take.
The story of the 2014 Republican primaries is the failure of the Tea Party to punish Republicans who show openness to immigration reform. Unfortunately, it's a story that hasn't been told.
Big news: Walgreens will not “invert” to become a Swiss company to avoid U.S. taxes. This is a victory for a powerful alliance of citizen groups under the banner of Americans for Tax Fairness. Now let's reform corporate taxes.
Walgreens has announced that it won't do an "inversion" that will enable it to cut its corporate taxes by renouncing its U.S. citizenship. But we still need to deter other companies from going that route.
Sen. Rand Paul's immigration proposal is an incoherent mess that can't stand real scrutiny. When faced with an undocumented immigrant who's life is on the line, Paul decided to flee the scene.
Thomas Friedman recently filed an editorial from, and about, Madagascar. In a new piece for Salon, we point out the flaws in his thinking – flaws that mirror his shortsighted […]
Wealth's current tilt to the top sometimes seems almost eternal. But can our economy ‘self-correct’? A provocative new paper out of the developed world's official research agency contemplates our tomorrow.
Here are the Republicans who taken the risk of angering their Latino constituents and voting to make the young undocumenteds known as "DREAMers" newly susceptible to deportation.
It is a demonstration of what happens when people who are opposed to government are given positions of power within it and do not face a sufficiently eloquent and well-organized opposition.
Restrictive voter ID laws failed to stop Barack Obama's re-election. In North Carolina, will they fail to stop Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election too?
A great way to bring tons of manufacturing and other jobs to the economy would be to just fix our infrastructure. We have to do this anyway, and it gets more expensive every day that we wait to get started.
In the debate over the highway bill, Americans were given a demonstration of the way conservative ideology and politics have held back economic recovery and (many would argue) sabotaged growth and job creation.
The progressive economist says Janet Yellen is adopting a more activist, interventionist stance as Fed chair, something he and other progressive economists had been advocating for some time.
The President's 'Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order' cracks down on federal contractors who break hiring, health and safety, and wage laws. This will make a difference to a lot of people.
Having an honest discussion about education policy usually means questioning what policy leaders and their scribes in the press are foisting off as "information." Take New Orleans as an example.
This is actually a big deal because it means that McDonalds' low-wage employees can start going after the larger company for things like wage theft and ultimately could organize themselves into a union.
A Senate bill to stop subsidies to companies to help them move jobs and production out of the country was filibustered Wednesday by Senate Republicans. Will we know who paid to kill this bill?
A leading conservative academic is charging that critics of America's top-heavy distribution of income and wealth are missing the bigger picture. In the process, progressive economists point out, he's only fogging that picture up.
Employees working at the Ronald Reagan Building, the Pentagon, the Air and Space Museum, and the National Zoo are representative of almost 2 million low-wage private sector workers under federal contract.
There's no bad news on Social Security, and Medicare's outlook has improved. So how did the well-funded naysayers react to these positive developments? With fear, not wisdom.
Should an iPhone made in China and sold in England be counted as a U.S.-made manufacturing export? If a proposal to change the way our trade deficit is measured sneaks through, this is exactly what will happen.
The real story about income inequality is what progressive activists are doing about it, says the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The latest wave of action will confront "wage theft."
Their headquarters, executives, operations, employees, customers and everything else stay here. They still use our courts and roads, etc. The only thing that changes is the taxes they pay.
American exceptionalism sounds conservative. But you know what? For more than 200 years, American exceptionalism was a radical-democratic idea. And we should not forget it. Indeed, we should redeem it.
For those whose white-hot enthusiasm for presidential politics may be dampened by the inevitability of a Hillary Clinton candidacy, there may be no more promising alternative channel than the raging fight for public education.
Far-right groups said that the American government securing necessary materials for American companies to manufacture is "interference with the free market." Seriously, are they funded by China?
How does it feel to be the CEO of a “defector corporation”? Do such executives face the opprobrium of society as they enjoy the fruits of this land that has given them so much? So far, apparently not. But that may be changing.
Rich brat billionaires and giant transnational corporations have hijacked our political system. And make no mistake about it; when rich people or corporations invest money in politics or politicians, they expect a financial return.