President Obama, like all 10 presidents since 1956, Republican and Democrat, has issued an executive order on immigration. The order says America will treat 5 million striving unauthorized immigrants with respect.
What we are witnessing is a reflection of a systematic failure in our society that is revealed wherever we are willing to look—schools, health care, employment, housing, life expectancy, poverty, and the list goes on.
Everyone understood that maintaining and modernizing our country's infrastructure created good-paying jobs with benefits. Republicans now oppose this because it creates good-paying jobs with benefits.
"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.
Public opinion right now actually is tilted fairly leftward, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this weekend as Hillary Clinton was advocating a cautious brand of populism in New York City.
December will mark the seventh anniversary of the recession brought on by the collapse of the housing bubble. Usually an economy would be fully recovered after seven years. Unfortunately, this is not close to being the case now.
The kingpins of Congress have spent years carving tax loopholes that help America’s CEOs fleece the federal treasury. Now these kingpins are pushing a corporate tax ‘reform’ that ignores the loopholes.
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.
This week, President Obama punk’d the GOP on immigration, leaving them caught between Latino voters and their wingnut base. And there’s not much they can do about it. Thursday night, […]
Walmart is running commercials about how great they are for American workers. Wait … isn’t the “Walmart model” of selling cheap goods from China the reason everyone is so desperate for American-made goods?
A National Employment Law Project study out today finds that factory jobs now pay much less than they did even a few years ago. In fact, more than 600,000 manufacturing workers make just $9.60 per hour or less.
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.
The American economy will grow stronger, from the bottom up, once we end our two-tiered economic system and ensure that all workers have the same rights. President Obama's executive action is a major step forward.
The last straw: President Obama's nomination of Antonio Weiss, a global banking executive heavily involved in helping corporations avoid paying U.S. taxes, to a high-level post at the Treasury Department
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?
Organizations representing advocates for public schools have joined their voices today in events across the country as part of a national Week of Action for the Public Schools All Our Children Deserve.
Some surprising new polling results by Social Security Works underscore the unpopularity – and long-term destructiveness – of Congress' ongoing attacks on the Social Security system.
Tonight's presidential announcement will be a historic moment, especially for immigrant families who will no longer live in fear. On the other hand, watching Republicans go apoplectic is just going to be fun to watch.
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."
Walmart avoids paying on average $1 billion a year in federal taxes through aggressively exploiting tax loopholes, according to a report released today by Americans for Tax Fairness.
Last summer, Barack Obama and leaders of the European Union announced the start of negotiations on another trade deal. Wondering what all of these deals are about? Here’s a primer on the Obama administration’s vision for global trade.
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.
Why do private equity companies want to tap 401(k) accounts? Economist Eileen Appelbaum of the Center for Economic and Policy Research explains what's behind this recent development.
Because President Obama is trying to do the right things to help millions of families the Republicans are threatening to again shut down our government to spite their face, which would hurt all of us.
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.
It pays to remember the work Congress is not doing to ensure corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Some of the consequences are laid out in a report on CEO compensation and corporate taxes released today.
Point Pleasant chemical plant retirees have for seven years lived under a dark shadow, as if the town's infamous monster Mothman, immortalized in the movie "The Mothman Prophesies," had returned.
We interviewed economist Dean Baker on the latest set of jobs numbers. We also discussed the postal banking concept, and had some closing thoughts about the recent controversy over remarks made by economist Jonathan Gruber.
Neither the natural gas boom that is crowding out coal, nor the worldwide push for lower emissions is going away. The world is moving and Kentucky is standing still, because McConnell is keeping Kentucky stagnant.
By Friday afternoon, we had met with Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen and – amazingly – seen that the Federal Reserve is already changing its policies in response to our campaign.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has just released its latest appraisal of America’s income breakdown. Whatever yardstick you use, the CBO study makes plain, the rich are winning. Big.
The Republican Party has become entirely a play-for-pay operation. If you want to get something done in Congress in the next two years, you'd better be ready to pay up.
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.
Five members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus joined government contract workers, who shared their struggles to make ends meet, to call for a higher minimum wage and allow the workers to unionize.
The 2014 election results reveal a failure of Democrats to speak to the progressive populism latent in the American electorate. But there is one sign that this mistake won't be repeated in the next election cycle.
The conditions that made Ferguson, Mo., a powder keg waiting for a spark didn’t happen overnight, and a forum today made it clear that it will take more than putting cameras on cops to prevent the “next Ferguson."
Politicians and public officials are starting to hear the growing chorus against standardized testing. But we’ve yet to hear a coherent answer to, "Can we stop using tests to drive education reform?"
Starting next year, Republicans will be forcing big cutbacks in mail service so they can say government doesn't work. Friday is a day of action: "Stop Delaying America’s Mail!"