When the week began, Arizona governor Jan Brewer thought she had all the time in the world to decide whether or not to veto Arizona’s “Gay Jim Crow” bill. By the middle of the week, Brewer learned differently. Conservatives lost it.
We know that the Trans-Pacific Partnership has an intellectual property section that will override government rules that limit the ability of giant corporations to trample the interests of smaller competitors and the public.
It's been another rough week on the right. A high-profile GOP governor, and potential 2016 presidential contender could be brought low by a trove of scandalous emails. And it's not Chris Christie.
Even before Michael Dunn encountered Jordan Davis and his friends, he was primed to see young black men as dangerous “thugs” that should be eliminated, and to believe he had the absolute right to do so.
The Gap announces it will raise its minimum wage. Even Walmart is reconsidering. The minimum wage is moving forward because people want it, despite continuing Republican obstruction.
If Republicans don't seem to know what they could propose, I'm happy to help out. Since anything that's going to create jobs will cost the Treasury money, the first thing to do is find a way to loosen those budget caps.
Clarence Thomas says that Americans are too sensitive about race. The killing of Jordan Davis, and a jury's failure to convict his killer, speaks volumes about the true state of America's racial sensitivity.
The old trade model has failed us miserably. Isn't it time to stop pursuing a fast track for another bad trade deal when the train is already off the rails? Isn't it long past time to take another look and think anew?
The Congressional Budget Office today concluded that a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 could mean the loss of 500,000 jobs. But context matters. Here's what you also need to know.
No pill’s gonna cure Republicans’ ill. They got a bad case of hating Barack Obama. So bad that they’re intent on taking health insurance from millions of Americans in an attempt to wound the President.
Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly told House Democrats the administration is backing off pushing fast track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The new progressive populism is having an effect.
We have to stop fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Then we should take the momentum from that to demand Congress and President Obama instead fix NAFTA first.
There are strong arguments for raising the minimum wage even more than $10.10 an hour – perhaps considerably more – than is currently being discussed, and the independent left should be making them.
There is a strong likelihood that the server of your Friday evening Valentine’s dinner would not be able to purchase a gallon of milk with the money coming that hour solely from his or her employer.
President Obama today signs an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The order will also raise the "tipped" minimum wage to $4.90 from $2.13 an hour.
Advocates of the Trans-Pacific Partnership claim that trade adjustment assistance for displaced workers will make it OK for the people who lose their jobs. The record of "NAFTA-style" trade agreements says otherwise.
I knew about Christie's little "deal" some time ago, but apparently it's just now coming to the attention of the Washington press. It's a case of the Washington establishment falling in love with a man who's willing to slap liberals around.
In the words of Langston Hughes, “We, too, sing America.” We sing it in the varied tones of our many cultures. We sing it in with accents both regional and international, in every language we know — even if it drives right-wingers crazy.
We're in the middle of a David vs. Goliath battle. Corporate lobbyists are waging a campaign to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal rushed through Congress with little debate. But a broad coalition has come together to take on Goliath.
With the first ever “mass transit Super Bowl” in his state, Chris Christie had two jobs: Make the trains run on time, and bring home the bacon for New Jersey. What actually happened is a classic example of conservative failure.
The main theme of Obama’s State of the Union address was his battle against growing American income inequality. But economists of all stripes agree that U.S. trade policy has been a major contributor to that inequality.
Nearly every president since the minimum wage was established has signed into law a minimum wage increase, even when a conservative Congress loathed a Democratic president -- such as in 1949 and 1996.
Multinational corporations are demanding new trade deals that will open our markets to goods made by millions of low-wage workers. The next time the president starts whispering sweet nothings about trade, ask a few questions.
Nothing drives conservatives around the bend like a speech from Barack Obama. So, thanks to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, there’s no shortage of wingnuttery this week.
Free trade is not always a win-win proposition. It can be win-win under some circumstances, but it can also be a losing proposition under other circumstances. For the United States, the latter has too often been the case.
The reason NAFTA was so harmful to working people was the way it was negotiated – under fast-track authority, behind closed doors. We know from experience what happens once legislators have the fast-track ticket in their hands.
Rand Paul's time warp to Bill Clinton's sex scandal won't erase the reality of the Republican party's "war on women," or its consequences for women, families, and communities across the country.
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.
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.