An Inspector General's report outlines how post officies could provide essential services to some 68 million Americans who don't have a bank account or depend on check-cashing and payday lending outfits.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is right: The rules are rigged. When bankers confess to fraud and get not one day in jail, the rules are rigged for the rich. Workers, families and communities need new rules.
We don't live in a world where policy makers must choose between reducing wealth inequality or helping working-class Americans get ahead. In fact, it's impossible to address one without the other.
David Brooks argued that the re-election of British Prime Minister David Cameron proves that "The world has not turned left" and instead we are experiencing a "Center-Right Moment." This is demonstrably wrong.
At a site near the White House and at the Capitol, progressive leaders pressed agendas designed to end the era of extreme wealth concentration and replace it with economic growth built on shared prosperity.
Republican leaders can't keep their promise to cut spending down to a level not seen since before the New Deal. Capitulation is inevitable. They can admit it now, or pay a price later.
"Our results are inconsistent with the view that cuts in top state income tax rates will automatically or necessarily generate growth," says a report from the Tax Policy Center.
Fifteen Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea. North Korea! When America is asked to search its soul, which America are we talking about?
The conservative argument that declining marriage rates contribute to high rates of poverty is a hardy perennial. Yet there are 15 million poor people in married households. Facts are stubborn things.
On Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorating lives lost on the job, USW members will place spotlights on 35 crosses honoring workers killed at a Texas City refinery over 35 years, to highlight lives sacrificed when safety was compromised there.
As I travel around America, I’m struck by how utterly powerless most people feel. The companies we work for, the businesses we buy from, and the political system we participate in all seem to have grown less accountable.
House Republicans voted 239 to 179 to “make sure the people at the top stay there,” and give a $269 billion handout to the wealthiest 0.2 percent of Americans, by repealing the estate tax.
We know what changes we need to make financial markets work better. The key steps aren’t hard. It just takes political courage and a strong demand from the public to complete the unfinished business of financial reform.
On this Tax Day, as millions of Americans scramble to file their taxes before the deadline, here are four charts that illustrate facts about how your tax dollars are spent that all Americans should know.
Ohio gets it about "NAFTA-style" trade deals. Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are coming for the rest of Ohio's jobs and Ohio is fighting back. Will Hillary Clinton join the fight?
Economic analysts now say the economy isn't as strong as they thought. There never was much basis for claiming a boom in the U.S. economy and the people claiming otherwise were relying on a very selective reading of the data.
This tax season, America’s billionaires are toasting you, the ordinary taxpayer. That’s because you’re the one picking up the tab for our nation’s ailing infrastructure of roads, bridges, and rail transport, among other things.
The March job numbers came in somewhat worse than most analysts had expected. Many are warning that the economy is weaker than they thought. These warnings are in fact good news. They may slow down the Fed's rush to raise interest rates.
Both the House and Senate have now passed budget resolutions that offer comfort and protection to the wealthy and powerful and more discomfort and vulnerability to everyone else.
A new online petition drive is protesting the incredibly high prices that enormously overpaid pharmaceutical CEOs charge for cancer drugs.
The People's Budget picked up 95 votes, a larger share of votes from the House Democratic caucus than its predecessors in previous years. Republicans, not surprisingly, were unanimous in opposition.
The Republican budget promises “a stronger economy" where families "can have more confidence and certainty in the future.” But for millions of families, it means a future filled with uncertainty and desperation.
A New York Times op-ed calls for killing the Export-Import Bank because it helps American companies compete globally. A Times story reports that the anti-government Koch brothers network is behind the campaign.
The Republican budgets mandate overtime for the Grim Reaper. Republicans want more money for war, resulting in more battlefield deaths. But they gouge healthcare spending, condemning Americans to die unnecessarily from untreated disease.
The Campaign for America's Future has joined a campaign to sign up citizen co-sponsors of the Progressive Caucus People's Budget. The goal is to get a Democratic majority to support it during next week's floor vote.
What is the reason for the delay/refusal? Are the people at the SEC simply “playing ball,” hoping for lucrative corporate rewards when they leave government?
The Congressional Progressive Caucus released its People's Budget the day after House Republicans unveiled their proposal. The contrasts are stark and revealing. And at stake is the fight for America's future.
All of these factions want the government cut back. None of them care about investing in infrastructure, science, education, health care, safety-net programs, or other ways of helping the public.
There’s a generational time-bomb ticking. The vast majority of college debtors still suffer in isolation, viewing their struggle as a personal problem, not a societal issue. But this is about to change.
The people who make Washington function are increasingly unable to live in Washington. That's a symptom of a national housing affordability crisis that is not getting the attention it deserves.
Next week, progressives in Congress will release their annual budget proposal. They do this every year, and every year the national news media largely ignores it. Will the elite media report on it this year?
Local and national progressive organizations coordinated dozens of actions in 16 states today as part of "We Rise: National Day of Action to Put People and Planet First."
A continuing trade deficit literally drains our economy, jobs, wages, factories, entire industries and our ability to make a living as a country.
Fifty years after Selma, the Department of Justice's investigation of the police department and courts in Ferguson, Missouri, reveals the same racism that Selma marchers stood against, and the same economic consequences.
Jobs are up; unemployment is down. We've had five straight years of private sector jobs growth. But workers have yet to share in the rewards. The Fed should hold off stepping on the brakes.
While there is an enormous amount of political debate over various imaginary job killers, the Federal Reserve Board is openly mapping out an actual job-killing strategy and drawing almost no attention at all for it.
Voters are less familiar with—or think less about—the many government programs that the rich and powerful use to warp markets in their favor. Let us count the ways.
The Federal Reserve Board is deciding when to raise interest rates. Its decisions will decide if millions of Americans get jobs or pink slips, whether wages rise or stagnate. Workers need a voice in those deliberations.
Could this project, using Warren's distinctive voice, help progressives present a bold alternative not only to destructive conservative policies but the Band-Aids and incremental measures of mainstream Democrats?
The rise of “independent contractors” Is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce – contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity.