The Senate today launched into what's known inside the Beltway as a "vote-a-rama." We already know how this drama ends when it comes to actions that would advance the goal of shared prosperity.
Yesterday House Republicans passed a budget with no new funding for job creation. Today a new report on black unemployment shows the urgent need for investment in job creation.
The Republican budget promises “a stronger economy" where families "can have more confidence and certainty in the future.” But for millions of families, it means a future filled with uncertainty and desperation.
A New York Times op-ed calls for killing the Export-Import Bank because it helps American companies compete globally. A Times story reports that the anti-government Koch brothers network is behind the campaign.
The Republican budgets mandate overtime for the Grim Reaper. Republicans want more money for war, resulting in more battlefield deaths. But they gouge healthcare spending, condemning Americans to die unnecessarily from untreated disease.
Continually allowing the tea party to dictate the Republican Party platform has consequences. Not only is there short-term political risk, but there is also a long-term risk to the soul of the Republican Party.
Today Sen. Ted Cruz (R, Texas) announced the he will run for president, making him the first major candidate to announce for 2016. Here are some of the crazy things Ted Cruz believes.
This week, the GOP representative whose name inspired almost as many puns as former Rep. Anthony Wiener, announced that he would resign from Congress, and avoid an ethics investigation.
What are we to make of this year's Republican budgets? They harm seniors, use the disabled as pawns, punish the needy, pamper the wealthy, and employ deceit – all to promote a selfish agenda for the wealthy and powerful.
Budgets, as Rev. Jim Wallis says, are moral documents. The House GOP’s budget proposal, however, makes immoral choices that will have devastating impacts on the most vulnerable Americans.
All of these factions want the government cut back. None of them care about investing in infrastructure, science, education, health care, safety-net programs, or other ways of helping the public.
Americans were appalled this week, when video surfaced of Oklahoma University SAE fraternity brothers singing an incredibly racist tune. Wingnuts were appalled that the rest of the us were appalled.
A 10-year balanced budget would require $5.5 trillion in deficit reduction by people who don't believe in tax increases or military spending cuts. By the final year, social spending would have to slashed in half.
If Sen. Cotton fully understood the U.S. Constitution, he would know that he needs 67 Senate votes if he's going to act like he can override a presidential veto. And his letter only has 47 signatures.
Despite rumors that House Republican leadership would skip the 50th anniversary of Selma, several Republicans showed up, but missed the point so completely that they might as well have stayed at home.
Republicans insisted it was a First Amendment principle to equate money with speech. Now they must contend with the Citizens United world they fought to create.
To say the words “free markets” is to perpetuate a dangerous right-wing myth. There's no such thing. So promote “fair markets,” not free markets. We must reinforce the progressive concept, not the conservative one.
In our state, the voter suppression law has been referred to as a Voter I.D. law, giving it an air of “common sense,” as our legislators like to say. It has done so much more to disenfranchise North Carolinians than require an I.D.
In what may be one of the dumbest political moves of the year so far, no Republican leaders will be going to the 50th anniversary ceremonies in Selma this weekend. Not a single one.
The GOP blindness to the difference between unionists and terrorists explains the relentless campaign by GOP leaders to renege on contractual obligations to workers, squash labor rights and slash the pay and benefits of union members.
The GOP-led House of Representatives has already achieved a historic legislative record. A record in futility, that is. And absurdity. House Republicans have voted over 50 times to strip away Americans' health care.
Voters are less familiar with—or think less about—the many government programs that the rich and powerful use to warp markets in their favor. Let us count the ways.
Bombastic Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, affectionately dubbed “Papa Bear” by Stephen Colbert, formerly of “The Colbert Report,” is in so much trouble that he’s even defending President Obama. It’s that bad.
Republicans can’t run from Rudy Giuliani’s hateful rhetoric about President Obama’s patriotism, because the party's right-wing base won’t let them. This is who they are.
On Friday, Wisconsin Republicans said they will hold a sudden special session this week to vote on a set of anti-union laws. The state’s union leadership is asking people to come to the capitol on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In state legislatures, 2015 is the right wing's best chance to enact the most extreme legislation. The right has made clear three overarching goals: weaken labor unions, suppress voting, and satisfy their religious extremists.
Their policies have led, not to development and democracy, but to chaos and collapse. Our global reputation as a just and democratic state – the “fourth power” of our principled beliefs – lies in tatters.
Rudolph Giuliani's slur against the president was vile, but the Republican and neoconservative chorus that is peddling fear and pumping for more war is truly dangerous.
ISIS wants a holy war with America. Fox News and the wingnut brigade are aching to give them one. Will those who’ve learned nothing from history doom the rest of us to repeat it?
Almost two weeks before a “bomb train” carrying 3 million gallons of oil exploded in West Virginia, a House Republican who should have been demanding safety upgrades for oil tankers was blocking them instead.
Like Germany, the United States has its own austerity cult. For these cultists, as for the characters in our nation's newest hit movie, pain seems to have become an end unto itself.
The Christian right has a history of fanaticism extremism, and folly. Since the Reagan era, politicians have deployed these tendencies to appeal to the sensibilities and loyalties of ordinary Americans while picking their pockets.
After a federal judge struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, “Ten Commandments” judge Roy Moore channelled governor George Wallace. The usual wingnuttery ensued.
The story is pretty much the same in conservative state after conservative state: The 1 percent pay a significantly lower percentage of their income in state and local taxes than middle-income residents.
Corporations like Staples want an “Easy” button to get out of being responsible for providing their workers with health insurance. Republicans are trying to give them one.
Silicon Valley companies dodge taxes, and use some of the money to build luxurious, private bus lines for their employees. The rest of us are, literally, stuck with the result of these companies' tax scams.
This week, conservatives’ anti-science agenda blew up in their faces, Republican Aaron Schock landed in hot water for his interior design choices, and Bobby Jindal got an enlightening makeover.
America is in the middle of a measles outbreak, and conservatives are rushing to embrace the anti-vaccine movement. That anti-science, anti-social position is in line with conservatism’s rejection of responsibility to the greater community.
Workers were the victims of austerity’s slashed public services, wages and jobs. Those demanding austerity – the 1 percent - and those imposing it - conservative politicians - escaped its bitter effects with shields of cash.
This budget pushes the country back toward sanity and has many steps in the right direction. But there is still a long way to go.