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.
Opponents of raising the minimum wage offer a number of claims suggesting it would be a supposedly bad idea. Unfortunately for their cause, all of their arguments fall apart under close scrutiny.
This week, the world watched as Ukrainians threw out their Russian-puppet president, and Russian president Vladimir Putin prepared to invade. Conservatives, naturally, have decided that it’s all President Obama’s fault.
Rep. Paul Ryan says that "the left" is offering Americans "a full stomach and an empty soul." The truth is that conservatives like Ryan are offering Americans empty stomachs and empty rhetoric.
Fifty-seven percent of small businesses in a new survey said they support a $10.10 minimum wage. They think an increase in the minimum wage is good for their bottom line and would be good for taxpayers.
The home of the Super Bowl champions is also America's minimum wage champion, with the highest state minimum wage of $9.32. And it beats the national average for job growth.
According to the GOP, some Americans are sub-citizens who don’t deserve rights equal to those enjoyed by, well, the right-wing. Republicans think they’re right, and anyone who disagrees doesn’t deserve rights.
It's election time, when the Republicans decide it's time to troll for votes among their lovely base by kicking the poor. Thus, Rep. Paul Ryan's back with a budget that re-brands the GOP's "War On the Poor" as "Poverty Reform."
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?