This is that time of year when newspapers bother to write about how there are hungry people in America. But this year is special. As the recession drags on for the non-1%, cuts in Food Stamps have completely swamped the capacity of food banks.
The Supreme Court will rule next year if corporations can ignore parts of the Affordable Care Act on religious grounds. But f a corporation take away your contraception coverage, your vaccines and your psychiatric therapy may be next.
President Obama tells Americans the country is on the right track, but Americans aren't buying. The problem isn't the botched Obamacare launch. It is that the economy doesn't work for working people.
Just when it seemed that there was nothing more to learn about the illegal and immoral culture which has permeated JP Morgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank, more facts emerge.
Four and a half years after the "recovery" began, economic pain remains widespread. Yet the Washington/Wall Street tell Americans, "Have patience." Now, Larry Summers suggests a core economic assumption of the American elite might be dead wrong.
Congress is again fighting over the budget with Republicans demanding cuts in federal employee benefits. Is this really about the budget? Or is it about destroying government? Meanwhile hundreds of billions of taxes owed remain uncollected.
Local schools are being ground into pieces by twin political augers of government austerity and top-down, corporate-backed 'reform.' Opposition to this status quo has announced a December 9th National Day of Action to Reclaim Public Education...
There may not be any immigration votes in the House this year. But President Obama's speech practically guarantees there will be House immigration votes next year.
Last week Senate Democrats (finally) started to change the game by changing the filibuster rules. What happens next? With the right changes we could finally get progressive legislation passed, like expanding Social Security.
Despite what some believe, bombs and drones are not the only way to resolve international conflict. Negotiation doesn't make world leaders weak, it proves diplomacy is one of the best ways to resolve international conflicts.
Bizarrely, Republicans are beginning to brag about sequestering America. Sequestration budgets cuts were designed to be repugnant. They fulfill that expectation. But Republican leaders argue that they "are working, and vow to sequester America.
America's corporate CEOs feel entitled to pensions that pay out $86,000 monthly. To protect their entitlement, they're attacking ours: Social Security. But a new report neatly exposes the monumental hypocrisy of their legislative assault.
The GOP is targeting Medicaid in its next attack on health care reform. House Republicans want to take $21 billion budgeted for the Medicaid expansion and use it to cover defense cuts. This is who they are.
The air is filled with Republicans claiming Democrats will rue the day they ended the filibuster for lower-level federal judicial appointments. They'll appoint a slew of Scalia clones, repeal Obamacare, junk the EPA.
I just had a new piece published in Salon.com about Tyler Cowen, the libertarian economist who's been described as "the next Tom Friedman." Cowen shares Friedman's infatuation with technology - and his belief that the middle class is disposable.
The phrase "full employment" is treated as something that would be uttered only by wild-eyed radicals. It's time to mainstream the term. That's why a new book by economists Dean Baker and Jared Bernstein is so important.
Presidents are the products of the times at least as much they are the shapers of them. JFK was not a conservative. That idea calls upon us to, in Rilke’s words, “gently remove the semblance of injustice that ... hinders spirits from moving on."
Kids, don't say Harry Reid never did anything for you. He and the Senate Democrats just ended the use of the filibuster for executive branch appointments and lower court judges. Right-wing dominance of our judicial system will be diluted.