Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran defeated primary challenger Chris McDaniel with the help of black Democrats, and the tea party exploded with rage. Now, to quote Nina Simone, “Everybody Knows About Mississippi, Goddam!”
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is back in the news, following prosecutors' allegations that Walker was at the center of a "criminal scheme" to bypass state election laws, by illegally coordinated spending between conservative groups and his campaign in 2012. Is the former GOP star in freefall?
As House Minority Leader Eric Cantor exits stage right, it seems appropriate to recall some of his most memorable wingnut moments, and consider what we may be in for as David Bratt waits in the wings.
The safe release of an American POW is usually a cause for celebration. But there will be no yellow ribbons on the right for Army Sgt. Bowe Berghdal, who was released after being held by the Taliban for five years.
Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit. But Walmart’s board rejiggered bonus criteria so executives could reap “performance” payouts, at taxpayer's expense.
For all the gains we have been making, the treatment of low-paid workers by some of the most profitable corporations in the world ranks high in the more significant causes of the growing inequalities in the U.S.
Well, that didn’t take long. As Americans were still reeling from the latest gun massacre, right-wingers wasted no time blaming liberals, Hollywood, and gay marriage for all shooting rampages. As usually, the facts are decidedly against wingnuts.
This week saw a number of right-wingers being pulled up short, one way or another, including some of the biggest names in wingnuttia. For each wingnut up to his tinfoil hat in trouble of his own making, we can only say, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”
Another leak of another secretly negotiated treaty reveals another assault on our ability to make our own laws and another boost for the largest (and dirtiest) corporations.
This week, Karl Rove proved once again that his Bush-era nickname "Turd Blossom" was well earned. Just when you thought he couldn't sink any lower, Rove launched a laughably desperate attack on Hillary Clinton.
The country needs jobs. The country needs to fix its crumbling infrastructure. The country doesn't need more corporate tax breaks. Guess which of these three the House is passing – unfortunately with help from many Democrats.
Hillary Clinton's all-but-inevitable presidential candidacy in 2016 and Monica Lewinsky's return to the spotlight have led to recurrence of the right's derangement disorder of the '90s.
"Trying to go dollar for dollar with these Republicans is a losing strategy," says the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. "Get out in the street and talk to the people."
"Establishment" Republican Tom Tillis believes that the minimum wage is a "dangerous idea" and should be abolished. But as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in a state that supports the minimum wage, he's dodging the issue.
Here’s a basic rule of thumb for wingnut rhetoric. If right-wingers have returned to flogging that dead horse called Benghazi, they’re fresh out of ideas again.
The enormous, humongous trade deficit is doing incredible damage to our economy. Our country’s elites used to care about that.
What would otherwise be a virtuous economic cycle has been broken by wrong-headed economic austerity. The filibuster of a minimum wage bill Wednesday in the Senate is the latest example.
It is not entirely fair for President Obama to dismiss critics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for having a "lack of knowledge" of what is being negotiated, as he did at a recent news conference.
Religious leaders "driven by Scripture’s repeated admonitions against exploiting and oppressing workers" remind us that the Senate vote on the minimum wage is not just a key vote politically.
Today is no time to be silent. Call the Senate at 202-517-2321. Even if our phone calls don't produce a breakthrough today, we know it is possible wear enough Republicans down.
A huge trade treaty is coming that will change the relationship between giant corporations and governments around the world. Why is the American corporate media telling the public so little about it?
The march to the Capitol was organized by National People’s Action, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. It capped a week of "pro-equality populism"
The CEOs of America's 20 largest restaurant chains must be providing diners some mighty fine service. Their 'performance' is costing Uncle Sam nearly a quarter-billion dollars a year.
This week, they don’t come any nuttier than Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and the right-wing pundits and politicians who rushed to defend his range war against the federal government. Revolution was almost nigh, until Budy shot off his mouth.
Research concludes that if you're making less than $87,000 per year (the current 90th percentile wage), the Trans-Pacific Partnership would mean a pay cut. But that's fine for corporations who want this treaty.
Obamacare didn’t come with ”death panels," like conservatives claimed it would. So, Republican governors and state legislatures formed their own. Until the death of Charlene Dill, the victims of those death panels were invisible.
The New York Times gets it right: It's time to "improve the ground rules of global trade." In the face of overwhelming evidence of the damage done by NAFTA-style trade deals, could the tide of elite opinion be changing?
What do you call it when an anti-Semite and white supremacist goes on a shooting spree at not one, but two Jewish facilities, killing three people? If you’re the U.S. media you call it anything, but terrorism.
More than a decade after Leno and Letterman slugged it out to succeed Carson, and four years after Leno and O'Brien feuded, the late night TV wars are back. This time right-wingers are bringing the hostility and hilarity.
Three business owners say they know first-hand that raising federal the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would be a win for business as well as a win for workers.
This was a make or break week for Obamacare, with the enrollment deadline looming and a major goal hanging in the balance. Obamacare made good on the goal of 7 million sign-ups, and broke right-wingers tenuous grip with reality.
This week, they didn’t come any nuttier than Americans For Prosperity’s Jennifer Stefano, who clashed with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. There was enough good news for Obamacare to drive right-wingers around the bend. Stephano didn't hold back.
Business leaders who call themselves Smart Capitalists were on Capitol Hill to lobby for legislation that would increase the minimum wage. For one of them, Leo Hindery, this is about ethics as well as economics.
Millions of women are the backbone of the services sector yet struggle to provide the basics for their families. Here's how they would benefit from a $10.10 minimum wage.
March Madness is upon us, in more ways than one. We know that right-wingers will howl with outrage over anything President Obama does. So it's no surprise that conservatives are freaking out over President Obama's March Madness picks.
We have a trade deficit in the $500-billion-per-year range. American billionaires and their giant corporations are benefiting tremendously by tapping into this drain of American’s wealth.
Many Wall Street and D.C. elites say that more trade is always better. But is the goal more trade, or trade that benefits We the People of the United States and our economy?
This week Rep. Paul Ryan took the cake. After debuting his embarrassing copy-and-paste job on the war on poverty last week, Ryan outdid himself with a clumsy bit of dog whistle politics blaming black “inner city culture” for poverty.
Raising the minimum wage would give our economy much more bang for the buck than we get from the financial industry's yearly windfalls. That’s because low-wage workers tend to spend nearly every dollar they make to meet their basic needs.
President Obama’s budget wasn’t actually dead on arrival last week. But Republicans knew it would speak to the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans. So they tried choking it.