The president's State of the Union address challenged the Republican Congress with a broad populist vision. Its scope and its limits make progressive movement even more important.
Tonight's State of the Union address will be delivered before Republican majorities in both houses of Congress. Here's a short summary on the task the president faces tonight.
Due to the ghastly 2014 elections, the GOP controls more state legislative bodies than at any time since the 1920s. The best defense is a good offense; progressives need to go on the offensive with smart, populist legislation.
Dr. Martin Luther King King Jr.'s life and legacy stand as a challenge to an entrenched society of privilege and injustice. Here are nine quotes that reflect that legacy.
National People's Action is highlighting an effort to "reclaim" the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial holiday from "efforts to soften, sanitize, and commercialize" his legacy.
The Republican Congress offers no hope. The bipartisan agenda only digs us deeper in a hole. Americans are looking for real change. This poses both the challenge and the opportunity for progressives.
Knowing my enthusiasm for the Green Bay Packers, a friend emailed me following yesterday's win to say: "It's always nice when a collectively-owned team beats one owned by a greedy mega-capitalist, who's beloved by Chris Christie."
Open, inclusive communities free of discrimination are critical to our national success and central to our values of equal opportunity for all. We've made significant progress toward that goal, but more work remains.
A movement leader. A savvy legislator. A whip-smart politician. A pragmatic visionary. Michigan Rep. John Conyers is being honored by the Institute for Policy Studies for his 50 years of service in Congress.
The former New York governor's 1984 Democratic Party convention speech captures what Americans who are either treading water or sinking in today's economy need the Democratic Party to stand for.
While legislative efforts to advance economic and social justice were thoroughly frustrated in Congress, there were true progressive victories in states and localities across America. Here are the Top 10 for 2014.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has become the most visible leader of the growing populist movement that is uniting a new majority around an agenda for change. Here's Warren's thinking about the economy in her own words.
There are end-of-year holiday season bright spots for progressives as we head into the coming year’s fights. In the cities and states progressives are fighting and winning.
After the 2014 debacle, Democrats are looking for answers. But the phony debate pitting growth and jobs against fairness distracts from what is needed, while repackaging the failed ideas of the past.
A candidate who “supports Wall Street within reason,” offering only tactical promises about "ending gridlock" while most Americans fret about the economy, is in danger of losing.
We called on President Obama to take a series of actions to "move good things forward" in the face of a destructive right-wing agenda. Today he took one of the actions on that list.
Over the next two years, Washington will be a horror show. But that doesn’t mean we can’t win progressive victories in 2015. We can dramatically change policy by focusing on cities and states.
With the passage of the spending bill, the keepers of convention – like The Washington Post editorial page – want applause for bipartisan achievement. But if that "spirit might flourish," most Americans will pay the price.
"A few more such victories and we are undone," the Greek general Pyrrhus supposedly said. But we're looking at the opposite situation: A few more losses like this, and we might be getting somewhere.
"Every time one city acts, it builds momentum for another city. Every time a number of cities act, it builds momentum for our nation," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the Local Progress conference.
On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of its report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. Here's what you need to know.
Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly assured us that the “Ferguson story” would be over in a week. That was before a grand jury declined to indict an NYPD officer for killing Eric Garner, and a Cleveland, OH cop killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
America can’t tackle widening inequality without confronting the power and privilege lying behind it. If the Democratic party doesn’t lead the charge, who will?
Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders put out a 12 point Economic Agenda for America. His reforms break the bonds of the limited debate in Washington, but they already have remarkably strong support in the country.
The “rising American electorate” is sinking, along with many other Americans, into an economic quagmire. If Democrats don't address their needs, they won't just fail to win new voters. They could also lose the ones they have.
As a grand jury in New York decides not to indict the police officer who killed Eric Garner with an illegal choke-hold, the president's too-modest proposals fall short of the change America needs.
The Democrats' problem in the 2014 election wasn't lacking a common message. It was that its leaders seemed to lack commonly held values. The party doesn't need to find its message. It needs to find its soul.
Sen. Chuck Schumer started a brawl when he blamed the Democrats' losses on President Obama's success in passing health care reform. Missed in the hubbub is the surprising populist concession of the senator from Wall Street.
After referring the case to the grand jury, and declining to recommend charges against Darren Wilson, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s perversion of the grand jury process in Ferguson yielded an unsatisfying imitation of justice.
Benjamin Crump, attorney for Michael Brown's family said, "The process is broken," after the Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson. The process was broken, perverted, and made a farce by prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
"The system worked" quite well for those for whom it is designed to work. We should refuse, however, to call that "justice." Here is what we must demand.
President Obama's executive action on immigration has been greeted with the expected threats by Republicans. He would best ignore the noise and keep on acting.
With a new book and lessons from the Senate race in North Carolina, Rev. William Barber II is undaunted in his effort to build the Moral Monday movement that shook the state's political establishment.
The New York City mayor offers a blunt critique of the midterm elections and shows how cities can set the pace for a progressive transformation of our national politics.
In Ferguson, Missouri, citizens and activists prepare for injustice, while government and law enforcement prepare for outraged reaction to injustice. But what about preparing for the justice Ferguson, and America, really needs?
In early 2010, three progressive economic activists – myself, Dean Baker, and Robert Kuttner – met with Obama political adviser David Axelrod. We left disappointed. Obama's election message was: "The jobs are coming."
Corporations owe taxes on the $2 trillion of profits these companies have already made. Who should get this money? We could let corporations keep the money – or use it to give ordinary Americans a $2,000 check.
In the days, weeks, and months to come, anger over the absence of justice must not overshadow the changes we must continue to fight for after the grand jury makes its decision in the Michael Brown case.
There is a demand in the electorate for candidates who are advancing populist themes, said the woman who challenged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from the left earlier this year.
In the debate between populist progressives and self-described "centrists" over why Democrats lost the midterms and how they should recalibrate, it's worth recalling that Republicans won in part by co-opting populism.