Reports say the idea is to “sharpen differences” among liberals and blacks. This naturally leaves progressives asking if it is really “progressive” to try to divide “liberals” and “blacks?”
A vote for the People's Budget is a declaration that Democrats are willing to take away the power of conservatives and their moneyed benefactors to draw the limits of the politically possible.
Why Wednesday's budget vote is so important: Democrats need to be on record supporting the Caucus, both to shift the political debate and to provide themselves with a stronger platform to run on in future elections.
Continually allowing the tea party to dictate the Republican Party platform has consequences. Not only is there short-term political risk, but there is also a long-term risk to the soul of the Republican Party.
Seattle's city council is preparing to vote on a resolution opposing fast track trade authority, and a number of organizations sent an open letter spelling out what an acceptable fast-track process would do.
Another reason to oppose fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership: The struggle in towns like Ferguson, Mo., to overcome racial and economic barriers is hard enough without another wrong-headed trade pact.
"Building a Movement for People and the Planet" was published this week by the Campaign for America's Future and National People's Action, coinciding with the release of the Progressive Caucus "People's Budget."
The title of the segment was “TPP Tradenado” and the topic was trade, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), fast-track trade authority and a new AstroTurf campaign supposedly from "progressives."
The Progressive Caucus held a news conference Wednesday releasing their "People’s Budget: A Raise for America." It would, among other things, create 8.4 million good-paying jobs by 2018. Did the media cover this?
What are we to make of this year's Republican budgets? They harm seniors, use the disabled as pawns, punish the needy, pamper the wealthy, and employ deceit – all to promote a selfish agenda for the wealthy and powerful.
The AFL-CIO president's speech before the Peterson Institute of International Economics detailed his concerns regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership and fast-track trade promotion authority legislation.
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.
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.
Budgets, as Rev. Jim Wallis says, are moral documents. The House GOP’s budget proposal, however, makes immoral choices that will have devastating impacts on the most vulnerable Americans.
We need to be prepared to push back against trumped-up deficit hysteria, the refusal to adequately invest in our infrastructure, the continued assault on health care and the drive to cut taxes on the wealthy.
While the Trans-Pacific Partnership is still secret, leaks and precedent indicate that it will contain provisions allowing giant, multinational corporations to bypass our country’s legal system.
Krugman takes on the old trope that “protectionism” — democracies using tariffs to protect wages and regulations from being undermined by the lower costs that a thugocracy offers — harms the world’s economy.
A new PR campaign in support of Trade Promotion Authority a.k.a. “Fast Track” and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is launching. As its foundation are a set of misleading (at best) claims beginning with a Four-Pinocchio whopper.
A continuing trade deficit literally drains our economy, jobs, wages, factories, entire industries and our ability to make a living as a country.
Food is more than just what we eat. It connects us to each other and our environment. And how we treat it is of tremendous importance to our democracy. Right now, the future of our food is being decided behind closed doors.
Opponents of fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are gaining momentum. In spite of a virtual media blackout, public awareness of and mobilization against the coming trade deal is increasing.
Why can't we have a trade debate worthy of the reality we face? Unprecedented trade deficits have undermined America's working families. We need a new strategy, not another dishonest and corrupted debate.
Eight senators let the country know there is going to be a fight over fast track trade authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Sen. Bernie Sanders said, "Enough is enough. This country now is in a major race to the bottom."
All the talk about “trade” deals might seem complicated, with all the “TPP” and “TPA” and “FTA” and “TTIP” floating around. It doesn’t have to be difficult, though.
I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains. The fact is, trade agreements are no longer really about trade.
There will be a series of rallies across the United States this week and next week to oppose Fast Track legislation. On Thursday between 1-2 p.m. ET you can join the #FightFastTrack Twitter storm.
USTR Michael Froman testified before the Senate Tuesday to push for Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority. Protesters disrupted the hearing.
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.
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.
If people come to understand and worry about the very real trade deficit, they will demand policies that are very good for regular, working people, and "Main Street" businesses that make or do things in America.
This week, the world joined with the people of France in mourning and solidarity, following a deadly terrorist attack on the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper. Wingnuts wasted no time scoring political points.
It’s time to say goodbye to 2014, and wrap-up the first year of “Wingnut Week In Review.” But first, let’s trudge down memory lane and recall the best of the worse in wingnuttia this year.
As soon as the new Congress is sworn in next year the fight will begin over Fast Track. Start preparing now.
Santa Cruz came to town this week with an early holiday gift for President Obama and the Democrats, and wingnuts predictably lost it when the president effectively called an end to the “cold war.”
Republicans finally have something to run on: fear. This week, it’s fear of Ebola. Of course, right-wing fear-mongers always leave out how conservatism made the Ebola crisis worse.
If this week is a preview of what we’re in for with the next Congress, get ready to step through the looking glass and into a world where executive actions are impeachable offenses, and Duck Dynasty is Broadway bound.
Only the worst kind of wingnut could conclude that America is “awesome” in spite of — or because of — “forced anal feeding and re-hydration” of detainees. But that’s what we heard this week.
The secret Trans-Pacific Partnership will have profound effects on our ability to make a living as a country. Yet you have to read about it in the Japan Times because few-to-no U.S. media outlets are covering it.
Already reeling from the Ferguson grand jury ruling, America was stunned to learn there would be no indictment in the death of Eric Garner. Right-wingers wasted no time proving how low they’re willing to go.