Conclusions by the New York Times' Neil Irwin about the reasons the economy "keeps underperforming" tie directly to what we've been saying about conservatives sabotaging the economy.
It is a demonstration of what happens when people who are opposed to government are given positions of power within it and do not face a sufficiently eloquent and well-organized opposition.
Restrictive voter ID laws failed to stop Barack Obama's re-election. In North Carolina, will they fail to stop Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election too?
A great way to bring tons of manufacturing and other jobs to the economy would be to just fix our infrastructure. We have to do this anyway, and it gets more expensive every day that we wait to get started.
House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's idea for passing immigration reform "Nutso." Maybe Boehner hasn't taken a good look at his own party. Then again, who can blame him?
In the debate over the highway bill, Americans were given a demonstration of the way conservative ideology and politics have held back economic recovery and (many would argue) sabotaged growth and job creation.
The progressive economist says Janet Yellen is adopting a more activist, interventionist stance as Fed chair, something he and other progressive economists had been advocating for some time.
The President's 'Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order' cracks down on federal contractors who break hiring, health and safety, and wage laws. This will make a difference to a lot of people.
The National Women’s Law Center hosted a congressional briefing on the release of a new report about the reality for working women in America today, and what they need for fairness and equality in today's economy.
Having an honest discussion about education policy usually means questioning what policy leaders and their scribes in the press are foisting off as "information." Take New Orleans as an example.
This is actually a big deal because it means that McDonalds' low-wage employees can start going after the larger company for things like wage theft and ultimately could organize themselves into a union.
A Senate bill to stop subsidies to companies to help them move jobs and production out of the country was filibustered Wednesday by Senate Republicans. Will we know who paid to kill this bill?
The "Make it Work" campaign is primarily concerned with issues surrounding equal pay, caregiving, and work and family life. Vivien Labaton, the campaign co-founder, explains how it plans to advance its agenda.
A leading conservative academic is charging that critics of America's top-heavy distribution of income and wealth are missing the bigger picture. In the process, progressive economists point out, he's only fogging that picture up.
This is as sharp as dividing lines get. Should the power of the federal government be used to elevate worker wages or drive them down? It is not just an economic or political question; it is also a moral one.
Employees working at the Ronald Reagan Building, the Pentagon, the Air and Space Museum, and the National Zoo are representative of almost 2 million low-wage private sector workers under federal contract.
If you get a speeding ticket, do you get to deduct the fine from the income tax you owe? Then why should JPMorgan Chase be able to deduct from its taxes a $20 billion fine for wrongdoing as a cost of doing business?
Ahhh, the ongoing dream of a "radical centrist" revolution. For some reason it always ends up doing absolutely nothing except make money for the people who sell it as a way to keep the rabble in line.
There's no bad news on Social Security, and Medicare's outlook has improved. So how did the well-funded naysayers react to these positive developments? With fear, not wisdom.
An Illinois company is considering a combination with the French corporation that is the home of Dannon yogurt in the latest example of a corporate "inversion" designed to lower its U.S. tax bill.
Should an iPhone made in China and sold in England be counted as a U.S.-made manufacturing export? If a proposal to change the way our trade deficit is measured sneaks through, this is exactly what will happen.
If the private equity industry wants to be seen as a force for good, it's going to have to stop engaging in the kind of financial engineering that weakens companies but still assures a handsome payday for a few owners.
The real story about income inequality is what progressive activists are doing about it, says the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The latest wave of action will confront "wage theft."
Their headquarters, executives, operations, employees, customers and everything else stay here. They still use our courts and roads, etc. The only thing that changes is the taxes they pay.
American exceptionalism sounds conservative. But you know what? For more than 200 years, American exceptionalism was a radical-democratic idea. And we should not forget it. Indeed, we should redeem it.
At a Senate Finance Committee hearing this week, the committee chairman and a panel of witnesses were united in supporting immediate action to combat "inversions," an increasingly used tax-avoidance tactic.
Right-wing reaction to issues in the news this week brought to mind a classic commercial for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but with a wingnut spin on the famous line: “Hey, you got your plane crash in my Benghazi!”
For those whose white-hot enthusiasm for presidential politics may be dampened by the inevitability of a Hillary Clinton candidacy, there may be no more promising alternative channel than the raging fight for public education.
The aims of Rep. Paul Ryan's latest antipoverty vision sound noble. But the core of his proposal has a fundamental flaw: Block grants to states have proven ill-suited to the task of reducing poverty.
One of the most startling trends to come out of the wreckage of the 2007-2008 financial crisis is the explosion of Wall Street firms buying up and renting out property all across the country. This is insane -- it’s a recipe for disaster.
Narcissists don’t happen to be particularly nice people. They preen. They grab. And they never ever really feel our pain. New research shows that extremely self-centered people also don’t make particularly effective corporate CEOs.
Far-right groups said that the American government securing necessary materials for American companies to manufacture is "interference with the free market." Seriously, are they funded by China?
How does it feel to be the CEO of a “defector corporation”? Do such executives face the opprobrium of society as they enjoy the fruits of this land that has given them so much? So far, apparently not. But that may be changing.
Even though we’re five years into recovery from the 2007-2008 recession, many Latino registered voters still feel the effects of the recession and remain worried about their futures.
Rich brat billionaires and giant transnational corporations have hijacked our political system. And make no mistake about it; when rich people or corporations invest money in politics or politicians, they expect a financial return.
As corporations have become more powerful (without unions to keep them in check), workers have become more vulnerable to being trapped in unpredictable work schedules – none so more than women.
For Hillary Clinton, the 2016 challenge will be to reassure voters that she is on their side. To overcome the fact that she's Wall Street's favorite candidate, perhaps she should seek out her own Sister Souljah moment.
Democracy Corps' latest memo says that Democrats are "underperforming" with single women, but can win them back by "engaging in a populist economic debate ... with a strong emphasis on women’s issues."
Sen. Rand Paul mocked the Obamas for wanting their daughters to experience working for minimum wage. My experience taught me “the value of work,” and to value workers for whom earning a living isn’t always fun, stimulating, or fair.
As is usually the case with the conservative extremists who dominate the House, when it says it is about to "improve" something, that's the signal that for a lot of struggling families, things are actually about to get worse.