By a margin of one vote, a Republican filibuster blocked extension of aid to the long-term unemployed in the middle of the winter. Then the Senate adjourned for another vacation. This is a clear measure of who they are.
I knew about Christie's little "deal" some time ago, but apparently it's just now coming to the attention of the Washington press. It's a case of the Washington establishment falling in love with a man who's willing to slap liberals around.
Democrats and a few moderately-sane Republicans will formalize what everyone has known all along: It is illegitimate to put conditions on the vote to increase the debt ceiling.
Organized labor stands for everything the GOP hates: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and the 40-hour work week. So the GOP denounces workers exercising concerted action, at the workplace and in Washington, D.C
There’s an underlying pattern to policy positions "freedom"-proclaiming conservatives are taking. Each would rob people of their freedom to choose their jobs, negotiate their salaries, or decide how they want to live.
In the words of Langston Hughes, “We, too, sing America.” We sing it in the varied tones of our many cultures. We sing it in with accents both regional and international, in every language we know — even if it drives right-wingers crazy.
Reagan’s economic legacy is one of failure, but in another way it could be argued that he was genuinely transformative: as the first celebrity politician for the modern corporate state.
A dominant conservative narrative is that government saps our freedom. But good government can increase our personal choices and make us more free – freer to pursue our own individual paths.
With the first ever “mass transit Super Bowl” in his state, Chris Christie had two jobs: Make the trains run on time, and bring home the bacon for New Jersey. What actually happened is a classic example of conservative failure.
Nothing drives conservatives around the bend like a speech from Barack Obama. So, thanks to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, there’s no shortage of wingnuttery this week.
How Many Republicans does it take to respond to the State of the Union address? The flurry of GOP responses to the State of the union reflect both the party’s disarray and the growing distance between the GOP and the majority of Americans.
By now millions have heard that Silicon Valley billionaire Tom Perkins compared progressive political speech to the night of religious violence that paved the way for the Holocaust. Here’s what you probably don’t know.
This has been a rough week for the American right. Some of its brightest stars now seem to be plummeting to the earth. Meanwhile, every time conservatives opened their mouths, they widened the chasm between the GOP and mainstream America.
Conservatives are pushing back at the charge they are sabotaging Obamacare. They insist it's just imploding all on its own (despite the fact that it actually isn't.) But in one case, they're just admitting it right up front.
Rev. William Barber II is calling for a mass moral march on Raleigh, N.C., on February 8 to send a signal throughout this state and this country that we are not going backwards.
Bucking the conservative tendency to blame and punish the poor, and the trend towards criminalizing homelessness, Utah has come up with simple, cost-effective solution for homelessness.
As new details emerge, it’s becoming clear that West Virginia's chemical spill is also a tale of how shady businesses can prosper in an environment where regulatory capture by an industry is so deeply entrenched.
In 2010, the Heritage Foundation ranked Ireland in the top 10 of its "Economic Independence Index." Four years later, conservative austerity policies have wrecked Ireland's economy and other European economies.
When you look too long into the Abyss, said Nietzsche, the Abyss looks into you. That’s what Republicans' economic statements are like nowadays. Instead of a core philosophy, there's an abyss. But they still have an agenda.
Don't believe the hype. The 1,582-page budget deal may be a return to bipartisan compromise and "regular order," but it punts on addressing the vital needs of this country. It continues austerity, while starving vital investments.
Letting Republicans filibuster and obstruct everything enables their economic sabotage. Democrats are complicit in this strategy of economic sabotage because they let it continue.
On February 8, tens of thousands of people of conscience will answer Rev. Barber's call and join in a "Moral March" on the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Here's why you should join them – and how.
The West Virginia chemical spill that poisoned a river and left 300,000 without water is another consequence of conservatism's "deregulation culture," and a lesson in the importance of government oversight over business.
Why do people like the bullying tough guy types such as Chris Christie? Are they looking for someone to "take charge" in a world in which they feel a loss of control. Maybe. But can he get a majority to vote for him?
Christie and his staff reflect a view of other people as nothing more than rubes to be manipulated and exploited, whether they’re trying to escape the trap of long-term unemployment or Fort Lee during the morning rush hour.
"Misfortune?" Really? I think of misfortune as getting cancer or losing your job. Getting caught for illegally using your power to punish innocent people is something else entirely.
America hasn't lost the war on poverty. We just stopped fighting it. We must take up challenge again, and fight not just against poverty, but for more jobs, livable wages, and economic growth that benefits all.
Obscuring the number of filibusters that have occurred enables a strategy of economic sabotage. If the public was told about the obstruction that is occurring democracy might have a chance to work its magic.
Congress is back, but that doesn't mean Republicans are ready to get to work. Senate Democrats have scheduled a test vote to restore unemployment insurance, but Republicans won't approve an extension without something in return.
“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s comments on race didn't cause as much controversy as his anti-gay spiel, but they deserve just as much scrutiny. Robertson told a reporter he believes blacks were happier during segregation.
From the second inauguration of Barack Obama to the latest skirmish in the “War on Christmas,” a steady stream of outrageousness flowed from the American right this year. Here are the best of the worst of the right-wing in 2013.
Conservatives and 2016 hopefuls are rushing to the defense of a reality TV star, who was suspended from his show after an anti-gay rant to a reporter. What does that say about GOP?
The fight to extend unemployment insurance may not be quite done yet. Even the misanthropic Republicans are subject to the pressure from normal people not to be cruel and ungenerous, especially at Christmas time.
MSNBC reporter Benjy Sarlin traveled down to Alabama to see the impact of the most punitive law against unauthorized immigrants in the US firsthand.
Forcing people off of unemployment insurance does not result in these people becoming employed, as all the Republicans insist will happen. Instead, they simply fall off the grid and have no discernible income at all.
While millions of Americans continue to suffer from the Great Recession, Republicans have redoubled their efforts to kill the New Deal, crushing the social insurance programs that enable Americans to care for one another.
This grim anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., killings reminded us of 2000 when Charlton Heston made his defiant boast at the NRA convention that gun control advocates would have to pry his rifle from his “cold, dead hands.”
Fox News host "Megyn" Kelly is determined to have a "White Christmas." No, Megyn, Jesus was not “white.” In fact, he wasn’t anything that you would recognize as white. We’ve got forensics that come as close as we'll ever get to proving it.
Here are six examples that show how the new Ryan/Republican compassionate conservatism campaign is really nothing more than freshly applied, prime-smelling bullpucky.