The Senate Fast Track Deal – What’s Next

It is still possible to kill Fast Track in the House if we can get enough Democrats to hold steady against it. Stay at it, let friends and family know about these trade bills, and keep the pressure on your own member of Congress.

Clown Car Follies: GOP Candidates Stumble Into The 2016 Race

The GOP’s “clown car” primary season has begun, and already the downside of having such a long primary campaign is starting to show. The candidates have plenty of time to contradict and embarrass themselves. And are they ever.
Terrance Heath
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Fast Track Train Off Rails — For Now

Democrats in the U.S. Senate were able to successfully block the trade promotion authority "fast track" bill using a filibuster today. This is a very big setback for the pro-TPP forces, but is not a final defeat.

Ben Carson’s 13 Craziest Beliefs

In an increasingly crowded field, Republican presidential candidates and hopefuls are struggling to stand out, but Ben Carson stands out for all the wrong reasons.
Terrance Heath
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Trade Abuse

America is in an abusive relationship with trade-obsessed politicians and corporations. Trade has killed U.S. factories, jobs and communities. No more fast-tracking abusive trade deals.
Leo Gerard
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Wingnut Week In Review: What’s The Matter With Texas?

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and it looks like that applies to right-wing freak-outs, too. Things in the Lone Star State have gotten so loony that every former Texas governor Rick Perry can’t make sense of it.
Terrance Heath
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Celebrating the Flash Crash with a Wall Street Sales Tax

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Flash Crash; when the stock market lost almost 9 percent of its value from its opening level, within 5 minutes. The market quick recovered, but the crash revealed its extraordinary instability.
Dean Baker
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With Sanders in the Race, Clinton Can’t Dodge Trade

Sen. Bernie Sanders stands alone in his single-minded focus on the economy. His blunt talk on jobs, rising inequality, and the erosion of the middle class will force many White House hopefuls to address topics they would rather avoid.
Mary Bottari
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Six Reasons Not To “Heart” Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee is back on the campaign trail again. He may try to turn on the charm and moderate his extremist views, but beneath his good-old-boy exterior beats the heart of a theocrat, a homophobe, a hypocrite, and a con man.
Terrance Heath
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Four Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

On Monday, Carly Fiorina became “the other woman” who’s running for president. Fiorina says she aims to neutralize Clinton’s “gender card.” Here are a few reasons Clinton probably isn’t worrying about Fiornia.
Terrance Heath
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The Trade Deal and U.S. Security: Don’t Believe the Hype

With the economic benefits of the trade deal admittedly limited, its supporters have increasingly peddled it as an answer to the threat that China will write the rules of the Asian markets. Don't believe the hype.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: From Baltimore To Wedding Bells

This week, conservatives were confronted with two of their worst fears: gay people getting married and black people getting angry. Then, as if things weren't bad enough, the federal government began preparations to invade Texas.
Terrance Heath
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Right-Wing Media Blames Everyone But Police For Baltimore Unrest

The right-wing response to stories of police violence and brutality against blacks, and black deaths at the hands of police, is becoming as predictable as the stories themselves. Only the names and locations seem to change.
Terrance Heath
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The Right Hates TPP And Fast Track, Too

Republicans in Congress can read polls and letters from their constituents as well as Democrats. They are starting to realize that it might not be wise to rubber-stamp a fast track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Why The GOP Can’t Have It Both Ways on Marriage Equality

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear opening arguments in marriage equality cases tomorrow, GOP presidential candidates are trying to have it both ways, and only succeeding at tying themselves in knots.
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: Gay Panic

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in same-sex marriage cases that could result in a ruling that makes marriage equality the law of the land. Naturally, wingnuts have already worked themselves into a panic.
Terrance Heath
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Progressives Ratify The Populism2015 Platform

Hundreds of activists at the Populism2015 conference gave a resounding "aye" when asked to ratify a 12-point platform that puts people and the planet first: "Everybody in, nobody out."
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: Clinton Derangement Syndrome

No one drives wingnuts more insane than Hillary Clinton, except possibly Barack Obama. When Clinton launched her presidential campaign this week, and epidemic of "Clinton Derangement Syndrome" broke out on the right.
Terrance Heath
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