The plan President Obama mentioned briefly during Tuesday's State of the Union speech to promote manufacturing hubs would be undermined by his desire to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he does not support fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, on the same day that a new poll reveals the extent of public opposition to the trade deal.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not really about trade. The point of the deal is to put in place a structure of regulations that will be friendlier to the large corporations who are in many cases directly part of the negotiating process.
The new executive order will raise the wages of contract workers who are currently being paid less than $10.10 an hour. This victory is a testament to workers who took the risk and went on strike again and again for higher wages.
Today 564 organizations released a joint letter to Congress opposing fast-track trade promotion authority. The organizations cover the entire field of what would be considered President Obama's "base."
Elites believe that all that matters is that the possibility exists for someone to get rich. After all, that's their highest value, so it must be that for everyone. But acquiring great wealth isn't the holy grail for most people.
The corporate/conservative machine is grinding out propaganda against raising the minimum wage. Here is how to respond to five of the most common propaganda points they’re trying to trick us with.
1.6 million long-term unemployed workers have lost emergency jobless benefits. These are families that can no longer pay the rent, feed the children, keep the car. Tell Congress it must act now; there is no excuse for this cruelty.
The head of the Alliance for American Manufacturing warns that allowing the Trans-Pacific Partnership to be fast-tracked through Congress will lead to more lost manufacturing jobs and more downward pressure on wages.
This could become the model for a new and profoundly subversive model of governance, in which elected government becomes little more than an afterthought to corporate-backed deal-making. But the fight isn't over.
Here's what President Obama should say about fast-track authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the State of the Union: I’m dropping my request that Congress give me fast track authority. I’d rather get it right than get it fast.
Economic inequality is a major threat to human progress. Eighty-five people control the same amount of wealth as half the population of the world. This gives a few people too much power.
Congress this week assaulted the jobless in two ways – by leaving Washington without reviving long-term jobless benefits that expired last month and by passing a budget that does virtually nothing to boost job creation.
Senate Republicans Monday continued to fight Democratic efforts to pass an extension of federal unemployment insurance benefits for people who have been out of work longer than 26 weeks.
Don’t boast, as Sen. Harry Reid did last week, that the unemployment extension is “entirely paid for.” Sure, Democrats will eventually need to make a deal, but why aren't they making their case first?
The legislation can still get bogged down, lose momentum, then eventually get pushed aside as other pressing matters inevitably arise ... if the politicians think the public doesn't care.
Back in 1986, leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico sold the North American Free Trade Agreement to the public as an economic win-win for all parties involved. Twenty years later, we can test how those claims panned out in the real world.
Don't let Republicans get away with demanding that Democrats "pay for" a benefit for economically struggling Americans by taking away support from other economically struggling Americans.
Obscuring the number of filibusters that have occurred enables a strategy of economic sabotage. If the public was told about the obstruction that is occurring democracy might have a chance to work its magic.
There is no momentum for these "trade" agreements that favor corporate rights. They are engineered to pit American workers and our democracy against low-wage workers in non-democracies.
If Congress doesn't act now, 3.6 million more people will lose what little income they have. Today the Senate is expected to vote on extending unemployment benefits. With your encouragement, it can pass.
Federal unemployment assistance for 1.3 million people who have been unemployed longer than 26 weeks expired last Saturday, after Republicans blocked efforts to extend them. 3.6 million more people will lose these benefits over this year.
“Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson’s comments on race didn't cause as much controversy as his anti-gay spiel, but they deserve just as much scrutiny. Robertson told a reporter he believes blacks were happier during segregation.
From the second inauguration of Barack Obama to the latest skirmish in the “War on Christmas,” a steady stream of outrageousness flowed from the American right this year. Here are the best of the worst of the right-wing in 2013.
Polls show the Americans overwhelmingly support extending this assistance and Democrats are launching a full-on effort to get them to come around and help their fellow citizens.
Conservatives and 2016 hopefuls are rushing to the defense of a reality TV star, who was suspended from his show after an anti-gay rant to a reporter. What does that say about GOP?
The president of TransAfrica explains why the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership warrants the involvement of all people who care about racism, economic justice and human rights.
Three days after Christmas, 1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits. And, another two million will stop receiving assistance if Congress doesn’t extend long-term benefits by June. Our nation […]
Hard work, smart planning and perseverance made 2013 a year of inspiring fair-trade activism. This sets the stage for the most important fights on globalization and “trade” in decades, beginning in a few short weeks.
MSNBC reporter Benjy Sarlin traveled down to Alabama to see the impact of the most punitive law against unauthorized immigrants in the US firsthand.
NAFTA has cost about 700,000 jobs. The recent Korea-U.S. trade agreement has already cost 40,000 jobs. "Trade" with China has cost us jobs, factories and entire industries. Now we're about to "fast track" one more bad trade deal.
There is a steamroller coming. Republicans have to decide: Will they allow this minimum-wage increase to happen or will they try to obstruct it and run in 2014 as opponents of fair pay for working people?
Thirty-two Democrats opted to put principle before the political expediency of compromise for compromise's sake. "Congress shouldn’t be patting ourselves on the back just because we didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot."
We have been calling on our supporters to flood their members of Congress today with this simple statement: "A budget deal that abandons the unemployed is no deal at all."
We are this close -- this close! -- to losing our democracy to the mercenary class. So close it’s as if we’re leaning way over the rim of the Grand Canyon waiting for a swift kick in the pants.
While conservatives obsessed over "selfies," handshakes, and pseudo-symbolic statements, President Obama honored the legacy of Nelson Mandela, and underscored how relevant and urgently needed it is today.
Why should Democrats hold out and demand a continuation of unemployment benefits? Because if Republicans force another shutdown, it's game over for them – and they know it.
Conservatives have turned Nelson Mandela’s death in to another reminder of how firmly Republicans stood, and still stand, on the wrong side of history. Here are some of the worst conservative reactions to Mandela’s death.
Nobody wants racism to be "over" more than white conservatives, if the RNC’s tweet honoring Rosa Parks for “ending” racism is any indication. Why are white conservatives so ready declare racism “over”? They want to get off the hook.
Democrats must not be fooled. A good-but-not-great jobs report is no reason to let emergency unemployment benefits expire, or allow further cuts to food stamp benefits.