Fast Track Train Off Rails — For Now

Democrats in the U.S. Senate were able to successfully block the trade promotion authority "fast track" bill using a filibuster today. This is a very big setback for the pro-TPP forces, but is not a final defeat.

Ben Carson’s 13 Craziest Beliefs

In an increasingly crowded field, Republican presidential candidates and hopefuls are struggling to stand out, but Ben Carson stands out for all the wrong reasons.
Terrance Heath
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Trade Abuse

America is in an abusive relationship with trade-obsessed politicians and corporations. Trade has killed U.S. factories, jobs and communities. No more fast-tracking abusive trade deals.
Leo Gerard
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You Don’t Have To Sell Your Soul To Pay For Infrastructure

Anti-government conservative ideologues and their big-business benefactors have an interest in convincing people that privatization, privatization-lite and breaks for tax evaders are the only options worth discussing.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Social Conservatism Isn’t Dead, Part XXIV

Is this country is based on religion? Millions of our fellow Americans believe it is. They aren't going to change because somebody on TV says "demographics" require them to. They will fight for their worldview. So don't write them off.
Digby
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For Infrastructure Week, A Progressive Call To Action

Progressive populists are going to have to get loud and get active – and this is a good week to do so. An adequately and honestly funded infrastructure plan is essential to a “jobs for all” agenda.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Wingnut Week In Review: What’s The Matter With Texas?

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and it looks like that applies to right-wing freak-outs, too. Things in the Lone Star State have gotten so loony that every former Texas governor Rick Perry can’t make sense of it.
Terrance Heath
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Celebrating the Flash Crash with a Wall Street Sales Tax

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Flash Crash; when the stock market lost almost 9 percent of its value from its opening level, within 5 minutes. The market quick recovered, but the crash revealed its extraordinary instability.
Dean Baker
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A Trans-Pacific Partnership For the 1 Percent

What do corporate chiefs want out of the latest global trade talks? A veto over government decisions that complicate their profiteering. Will they get that veto? Labor analyst Thea Lee sees reasons they just might not.

Jobs Report: We’re Still Feeling The Effects of Austerity

As has been true for the past few months, you have to get below the sunny top lines of the April jobs report to get the real story: We're still have a slack labor market, and right-wing austerity is the cause.
Isaiah J. Poole
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How The Republican Budget Cons Conservatives

Republican leaders can't keep their promise to cut spending down to a level not seen since before the New Deal. Capitulation is inevitable. They can admit it now, or pay a price later.
Bill Scher
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With Sanders in the Race, Clinton Can’t Dodge Trade

Sen. Bernie Sanders stands alone in his single-minded focus on the economy. His blunt talk on jobs, rising inequality, and the erosion of the middle class will force many White House hopefuls to address topics they would rather avoid.
Mary Bottari
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Andrew Cuomo Feels the Heat, Sees the Light

For evidence that movement matters, read the attached op-ed by Andrew Cuomo. The man who shot down New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's efforts to raise the minimum wage now champions fast food workers. Who knew?
Robert Borosage
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Six Reasons Not To “Heart” Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee is back on the campaign trail again. He may try to turn on the charm and moderate his extremist views, but beneath his good-old-boy exterior beats the heart of a theocrat, a homophobe, a hypocrite, and a con man.
Terrance Heath
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Study Finds Right-Wing Tax Voodoo Doesn’t Work

"Our results are inconsistent with the view that cuts in top state income tax rates will automatically or necessarily generate growth," says a report from the Tax Policy Center.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Four Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

On Monday, Carly Fiorina became “the other woman” who’s running for president. Fiorina says she aims to neutralize Clinton’s “gender card.” Here are a few reasons Clinton probably isn’t worrying about Fiornia.
Terrance Heath
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Five Things Ben Carson Doesn’t Get

Of the two candidates who joined the race on Monday for the Republican presidential nomination, it's retired brain surgeon Ben Carson who is likely to have the most impact. That makes it frightening how much he just doesn’t get.
Terrance Heath
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Who Will Hillary Clinton Stand With?

When push comes to shove, will Clinton merely reshuffle the deck? Or will she stand with everyday people and go toe-to-toe with the corporate and political elite to fundamentally rewrite the rules of the game?
Hugh Espey
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The Trade Deal and U.S. Security: Don’t Believe the Hype

With the economic benefits of the trade deal admittedly limited, its supporters have increasingly peddled it as an answer to the threat that China will write the rules of the Asian markets. Don't believe the hype.
Robert Borosage
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After Baltimore: Soul Searching in Another America

Fifteen Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea. North Korea! When America is asked to search its soul, which America are we talking about?
Richard Eskow
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One More Time: Marriage Doesn’t Alleviate Poverty

The conservative argument that declining marriage rates contribute to high rates of poverty is a hardy perennial. Yet there are 15 million poor people in married households. Facts are stubborn things.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Wingnut Week In Review: From Baltimore To Wedding Bells

This week, conservatives were confronted with two of their worst fears: gay people getting married and black people getting angry. Then, as if things weren't bad enough, the federal government began preparations to invade Texas.
Terrance Heath
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