The promoters of fast track say we need “trade” agreements to open up markets and increase exports. But only part of the agreements are about trade. Here's what's underneath the corporate case for fast track.
The recent Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity may provide a leading indicator of Hillary Clinton's economic views. The mainstream gets it that the rules are rigged, but can't admit who did it.
Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle class can’t be saved unless Wall Street is tamed. The Street’s excesses pose a continuing danger to average Americans.
McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. Its McManagers illegally reduced the hours (and therefore the pay) of hundreds of those who joined the “Fight For 15″ campaign.
The Republican Congress, making overhauling the Social Security disability program one of its first orders of business, put in place a rule change that would make it difficult to address a projected funding shortfall.
There are energy policies that benefit society as a whole and those that benefit the very few – the Kochs and their ilk. Guess which kind the GOP supports? If you want to know why, follow the money.
After five years of protests, demonstrations, and strikes, Greek citizens voted to throw off five years of austerity. Their victory has emboldened populists across Europe and should inspire Americans to resist austerity here at home.
USTR Michael Froman testified before the Senate Tuesday to push for Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority. Protesters disrupted the hearing.
President Obama's middle-class economics will be a hard sell. That’s because Americans have been force-fed that voodoo, greed-is-good, grovel-before-the-rich, trickle-down financial philosophy for so very long.
A student debt “jubilee” would reflect both the values upon which this nation was founded and the economic principles that have sustained it through its greatest periods of growth and prosperity.
Jeb Bush's address to the National Automobile Dealers Association attracted much positive press. He sounded like an adult. He was willing to challenge conservative orthodoxy. Just one problem: it didn't make any sense.
Hundreds of trade, labor, environmental, health, communities of color, anti-GMO and food justice, anti-fracking, animal and other activists still showed up in the big blizzard to protest the secret trade agreement.
For years, conservatives used “wedge issues” to split moderates from progressives. It's time to promote some progressive wedge issues and our best opportunities for both publicity and passage are in states, cities and counties.
From anti-choice bills in the House, to threats of lawsuits over Muslim “no go zones,” this week showed that the wingnut brain is biggest “no go zone” of them all.
In a webcast by Progressive Majority and the Campaign for America's Future, a key House Progressive Caucus members urges Democrats to not shy away from policy fights that show them on the side of "the little guy."
Senate Republicans also voted against disclosing any money they are getting from oil and other companies involved in the Keystone project. The media has largely ignored these votes.
A populist message for public education needs input from the populace, not just from Beltway wonks. Democrats must find a populist voice. Maybe Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse just provided it.
The Right to Vote Amendment by Reps. Keith Ellison and Mark Pocan would amend the Constitution to provide all Americans the affirmative right to vote, and empower Congress to protect this right.
More than 40 top environmental and scientific groups are the latest to register to Congress their opposition to fast track trade authority. They want an open, transparent process that delivers benefits for working people.
It is becoming increasingly unacceptable, even among Republicans, to defend the "hoax" line. We are moving toward a climate debate over how to solve the problem, not whether there is a problem.
The president and his party should own their victories more often, along with the ideas – and the movement – that made them possible. If they do, they're likely to see more victories in the years to come.
I will soon be introducing legislation for a $1 trillion investment to modernize our country's physical infrastructure. This bill will create and maintain 13 million good-paying jobs.
President Obama’s State of the Union Address, complete with a “mic drop” moment," couldn’t have annoyed Republicans more if he’d entered to the theme from Rocky, and exited to “How Ya Like Me Now.”
The President briefly spoke about trade in his State of the Union speech. He admitted that "past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype," but then he called for doing more of the same.
Today is the national Call-in Day against fast track trade authority. Call Congress at (888) 804-8311 to say that we need better trade policies that will raise wages, protect our environment and keep corporations in check.
The president's State of the Union address challenged the Republican Congress with a broad populist vision. Its scope and its limits make progressive movement even more important.
Charter school takeovers of public schools in Music City portend a national trend. Public school parents and school board members are fighting back; one parent is "shouting my head off to save our school."
The House Democratic Party leadership made a remarkable step forward last week in putting out a proposal for a financial transactions tax. There should be no mistake; this is a really big deal for the financial industry.
A "blue-ribbon panel report" on our grand economic divide never gets around to recognizing that in order to save our democracy, we need to contemplate our plutocracy.
Fast Track is nothing more than Congress pulling a fast one on the American people. It’s a plan for lawmakers to abdicate their Constitutional responsibility to regulate international trade.
Tonight's State of the Union address will be delivered before Republican majorities in both houses of Congress. Here's a short summary on the task the president faces tonight.
Due to the ghastly 2014 elections, the GOP controls more state legislative bodies than at any time since the 1920s. The best defense is a good offense; progressives need to go on the offensive with smart, populist legislation.
Dr. Martin Luther King King Jr.'s life and legacy stand as a challenge to an entrenched society of privilege and injustice. Here are nine quotes that reflect that legacy.
The White House today announced the creation of an infrastructure bonds program designed to attract private financing for transportation projects. It's a workaround for the cowardice and obstruction in Washington.
Ask Congress to wait until the trade deal has been made public and the public has had a chance to analyze it before they vote on Fast Track. Isn't that fair?
As Republicans present alternatives to the currently untenable situation posed by the current public school testocracy, Democrats aren't going to get footholds simply by saying the tests will get better.
Ayn Rand's face seems to hover, pale and sepulchral, over everything today's GOP does. Her contempt for those in need seems to have seized possession of today's GOP like a demon in a B movie.
Like his predecessor, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Tom Price, the new chair of the House Budget Committee, has a conservative ideology that will undermine a recovery that hasn’t even reached many Americans.
There are many good arguments against the $8-billion pipeline on environmental and labor grounds. Here’s another reason why the pipeline shouldn’t be built: It’s a waste of money.
The Republican Congress offers no hope. The bipartisan agenda only digs us deeper in a hole. Americans are looking for real change. This poses both the challenge and the opportunity for progressives.