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.
Corporations are pushing Congress to pass something called Fast Track — a process that essentially pre-approves trade agreements before Congress even reads them for the first time.
This week, the only thing worse than the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, was the right-wing reaction to that decision. […]
This week, President Obama punk’d the GOP on immigration, leaving them caught between Latino voters and their wingnut base. And there’s not much they can do about it. Thursday night, […]
In early 2010, three progressive economic activists – myself, Dean Baker, and Robert Kuttner – met with Obama political adviser David Axelrod. We left disappointed. Obama's election message was: "The jobs are coming."
Last summer, Barack Obama and leaders of the European Union announced the start of negotiations on another trade deal. Wondering what all of these deals are about? Here’s a primer on the Obama administration’s vision for global trade.
In the debate between populist progressives and self-described "centrists" over why Democrats lost the midterms and how they should recalibrate, it's worth recalling that Republicans won in part by co-opting populism.
Under Fast Track, Congress agrees to pass new trade treaties with no amendments, on a straight up-or-down vote, within 90 days of seeing what is in the treaty for the first time.
The 2014 mid-term elections are over, and the inmates have taken over the asylum. Prepare for wingnuttery like you’ve never seen before. Last Friday, I had a lot of fun […]
Two Democrats in competitive Senate races bucked the Republican tide. What did they do that the other campaigns didn’t? And how should that inform progressive strategy going forward?
Thom Hartmann points to a series of meetings in 2009 that set the stage for the Republican sabotaging of the economy over the next five years – and their potentially being rewarded for doing so on Tuesday.
Every election year, the GOP comes up with a new crop of wingnut candidates for office. This one is no exception. Will any of this election's nuttiest wingnuts become the next Todd Akin or Christine O’Donnell?
Trade is a huge issue for many blue-collar voters and in "rust-belt" regions that have been wiped out by the offshoring of our jobs and factories. This has given North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan an opportunity.
Calling gay people names is nothing new. We’ve been called many things throughout the ages. But “gremlins”? That’s a new one. The first — and perhaps only — Wingnut WTF […]
Once again, the Waltons — the exploitative multibillionaire heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune — get the goldmine, while workers and taxpayers are stuck with the shaft. It's shameful. But shameful is one of Walmart's core values.
Some economists blame upward redistribution of income, which reduces overall demand, for excessive unemployment. However, upward redistribution is only part of the explanation. The trade deficit is a much bigger part of the picture.
The Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court boosted the number of gay marriage states to somewhere between 30 and 35. Needless to say, the floodgates of wingnuttery opened wide.
The founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is on the front lines with restaurant workers, highlighting their plight and giving them a voice to challenge the National Restaurant Association.
Given their longstanding loathing for him, it was touching to see so many right-wingers express concern for President Obama’s safety this week.
Just when you thought the plutocratic profiteers running America’s low-wage economy couldn’t get any more clueless, self-serving, pious, and mingy — along comes Lady Maria of Marriott, magnanimously saying: “Let them eat tips."
Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation brought out the nuttiest of wingnuts. Obama saluted with a latte, prompting the usual calls for impeachment. Meanwhile, Kansas raises funds and generates buzz.
The conversation was enlightening. It was also alarming – as in, a wake-up call. There's substantial polling data which lays out what must be done. The question is, Will enough Democrats get the message?
Ask people what they think of NAFTA and you'll learn that people get it. People absolutely hate "NAFTA-style" trade deals. People are voting based on this – when given the chance.
Voters want candidates who will support classroom teachers and oppose funding cuts to public schools. Democrats can make support for public education a winning issue.
As the campaign enters into its last weeks, ordinary voters begin to pay attention. People don't seem to be buying what Republicans are selling. But Democrats can overcome the odds only if they turn to a more populist voice.
With one bizarre Facebook post Rep. Mark Sanford (R, SC) dis-engaged his “Appalachian Trail” “soulmate,” and went from being a comeback kid to being punchline, again. And that’s not even the crazy part.
Originally sold as protecting investors from "banana republic" dictators our "NAFTA-style" trade agreements now are protecting giant corporations from the efforts of citizens in democracies to make their lives better.
In the biggest elevator video since Beyonce and Jay Z, the world saw Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knock his fiancé out cold. While the NFL dragged its feet on a response, right-wingers lost no time blaming the victim.
Amidst the lack of action on raising the minimum wage at the federal level, Seattle has taken lead. Just this June, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to increase the city’s minimum wage to reach $15 an hour by 2017.
A new poll confirms that voters don’t just want their Social Security benefits protected; they want them expanded. A firm stand as defenders and expanders of Social Security is a winner for Democrats.
Democrats have very little time in which to tell that voters exactly what they would do to create more and better jobs, how that would benefit both the unemployed and the underpaid middle class, and who's stopping them.
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.
With the midterm elections only two months away, the Democratic Party’s prospects seem doubtful. The party needs a spark, a fire, a source of inspiration. An embrace of the minimum wage could be exactly what it needs.
Labor Day was last weekend. For the occasion we interviewed our own Robert Borosage on The Zero Hour radio program regarding his piece entitled "Inequality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Empowering Workers."
With less than 7 percent of the private workforce represented by a union, the share of national income going to workers is near record lows. Democrats must once more make empowering workers central to their program.
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.
The rules set down in our democracy can’t be enforced unless We the People can organize to be powerful enough to overcome the great wealth and power of a few ultra-billionaires and their corporations.