Conservatives say marriage is the “ultimate anti-poverty program,” and claim that most of our economic woes would vanish if more people got hitched. A new study suggests "putting a ring on it" barely makes a dent in poverty.
With so many convictions, indictments, and investigations concerning corruption, it’s beginning to look like orange may be the new black for some of the brightest stars in the right-wing firmament.
There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year’s summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be.
Michael Brown was finally laid to rest in Ferguson, Missouri this week. But don't think for one minute that means that wingnuts and right-wingers will let him rest in peace.
Remember when all those veterans died waiting to get care? That was then, this is now. The scare story that week was VA deaths. The thing we are all supposed to be afraid of and upset about this week is … something else. Till next week.
Legislation to do something about corporations renouncing their U.S. "citizenship" is before Congress. The odds are that Republicans will block it – and not just because they have obstructed everything else.
For most of America, the shooting of yet another unarmed, young black man laid bare the way that racism and inequality play out in our streets. For wingnuts, it was another chance to appeal to the basest of the GOP base.
Republican Rep. Mo Brooks thinks there's a "war on whites" in America. In the streets Ferguson, Missouri — where a white police officer killed an unarmed, young black man — it's the other way around.
Two tragic events this week gave right wingers an opportunity to show some humanity and decency. As usual, wingnuts did not exactly cover themselves in glory. Instead of rising to the occasion, they sank to new lows.
The latest “Libertarian Moment” is upon us, and will expire once it runs headlong into its own inherent shortcomings and the reality of a populist majority. Blink, and you’ll miss it.
Sen. Rand Paul turned tail and ran away when confronted by undocumented DREAMers. But the GOP has a “Latino problem” it can’t run from, and right-wingers seem determined to make it worse.
The crisis that made the water in Toledo, Ohio, unsafe to drink this past weekend is over, for now, but the “perfect storm” that created it rages on: pollution, conservatism, corporate lobbying and climate change.
Americans of all political persuasions object to paying higher taxes to offset the cost of coddling corporate defectors. The GOP’s filibustering of this bill is dereliction of duty. So let’s sue.
Conclusions by the New York Times' Neil Irwin about the reasons the economy "keeps underperforming" tie directly to what we've been saying about conservatives sabotaging the economy.
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.
House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's idea for passing immigration reform "Nutso." Maybe Boehner hasn't taken a good look at his own party. Then again, who can blame him?
Right-wing reaction to issues in the news this week brought to mind a classic commercial for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but with a wingnut spin on the famous line: “Hey, you got your plane crash in my Benghazi!”
The aims of Rep. Paul Ryan's latest antipoverty vision sound noble. But the core of his proposal has a fundamental flaw: Block grants to states have proven ill-suited to the task of reducing poverty.
Sen. Rand Paul mocked the Obamas for wanting their daughters to experience working for minimum wage. My experience taught me “the value of work,” and to value workers for whom earning a living isn’t always fun, stimulating, or fair.
Thank heaven for American wingnuts’ short attention span. The apparent shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine gave everyone a brief respite from the usual sexist, racist, homophobic, xenophobic rantings.
Ugly Americans ran amok as right-wingers showed off their patriotism by screaming at children, and Republicans promised to block the president's efforts to stem a border crisis that fires up the basest elements of the GOP's wingnut base.
A wide majority of U.S. voters say black Americans who can’t get ahead should blame themselves for their troubles instead of racial discrimination. That’s one of the more startling findings from a recent Pew Research Center effort to bunch
What’s the matter with Kansas? That's the question posed by Thomas Frank’s 2005 book and the eponymous documentary about how the state became a hotbed of extreme right-wing conservatism. So, what's the matter with Kansas now? Tax cuts.
Just in time for mid-term election campaigning, the Supreme Court handed conservatives the perfect opportunity to remind Americans that their number 1 obsession is policing women’s sex lives by any means necessary. Wingnuts rejoiced.
Republicans prove they can get thing done when they really want to by killing a requirement that lawmakers disclose lobbyist-paid trips. Meanwhile, issues like immigration reform and infrastructure languish.
The Hobby Lobby ruling was a loss for everyone who thinks women are actual people and a win for everyone who thinks that corporations and rich bosses should dominate society at the expense of everyone else.
The latest rulings from the Roberts Court make one thing abundantly clear. It's a good time to be an abstract legal concept called a corporation. A woman, not so much. Neither is it a good time to be a public employee.
Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran defeated primary challenger Chris McDaniel with the help of black Democrats, and the tea party exploded with rage. Now, to quote Nina Simone, “Everybody Knows About Mississippi, Goddam!”
We’ve known for a while now that suicide rates tend to increase under conservatives governments, when money is going to corporations and the wealthy, at the expense of everyone else. Look at the suicide rate in America from 1999 to 2010.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is back in the news, following prosecutors' allegations that Walker was at the center of a "criminal scheme" to bypass state election laws, by illegally coordinated spending between conservative groups and his campaign in 2012. Is the former GOP star in freefall?
The White House will hold a Summit on Working Families on Monday, and Republicans are trying to get in on the action with a fake agenda meant to distract us from their lack of real solutions.
As House Minority Leader Eric Cantor exits stage right, it seems appropriate to recall some of his most memorable wingnut moments, and consider what we may be in for as David Bratt waits in the wings.
It’s time to say enough is enough, and stop letting Tea Partying libertarians drive the agenda in Washington. We need to restore the economic policies of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s that allowed all Americans to have an equal shot at success.
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.
The fact is, right-wing extremism is on the rise, it’s dangerous, and it’s now a major terrorist force in America. Right-wing extremists aren’t on the fringe anymore. Now, Fox so-called News turns them into media stars and heroes.
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.
Republicans can’t pass immigration reform, but they can take time out from obstructing anything that might remotely do the economy some good, to confer citizenship on a genocidal colonialist who’s been dead for over two hundred years.
The safe release of an American POW is usually a cause for celebration. But there will be no yellow ribbons on the right for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdal, who was released after being held by the Taliban for five years.
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?