How Our Trade Policies Kill Jobs

If people understood the trade deficit and the harm it does, they would demand that our politicians do something to fix it. And if that happened great things would happen for working people and our economy.

Wingnut Week In Review: The Selma Edition

In what may be one of the dumbest political moves of the year so far, no Republican leaders will be going to the 50th anniversary ceremonies in Selma this weekend. Not a single one.
Terrance Heath
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50 Years Later: The Long March From Selma To Ferguson

Fifty years after Selma, the Department of Justice's investigation of the police department and courts in Ferguson, Missouri, reveals the same racism that Selma marchers stood against, and the same economic consequences.
Terrance Heath
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A Sober Look at the Good News in February Jobs Report

Jobs are up; unemployment is down. We've had five straight years of private sector jobs growth. But workers have yet to share in the rewards. The Fed should hold off stepping on the brakes.
Robert Borosage
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This Trade Deal Will Make You Sick

Food is more than just what we eat. It connects us to each other and our environment. And how we treat it is of tremendous importance to our democracy. Right now, the future of our food is being decided behind closed doors.
Anna Meyer
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The Income Equity Act: Another Try!

Should America’s taxpayers be subsidizing all those millions in compensation that CEOs are collecting? Rep. Barbara Lee from California doesn’t think so. Her bill addressing that problem has just been introduced.

Anti-Fast-Track Momentum Builds

Opponents of fast track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership are gaining momentum. In spite of a virtual media blackout, public awareness of and mobilization against the coming trade deal is increasing.

GOP’s Blind Hate of Labor Union Members

The GOP blindness to the difference between unionists and terrorists explains the relentless campaign by GOP leaders to renege on contractual obligations to workers, squash labor rights and slash the pay and benefits of union members.
Leo Gerard
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Silicon Valley Rising Fights for Worker Justice

Silicon Valley companies pay a lot at the top and almost nothing at the bottom. And the top is mostly white and male; the bottom is mostly people of color. Here's how workers are successfully organizing for a better deal.

The Nincompoop Caucus Sets a Record

The GOP-led House of Representatives has already achieved a historic legislative record. A record in futility, that is. And absurdity. House Republicans have voted over 50 times to strip away Americans' health care.
Jim Hightower
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The Federal Reserve Board’s Plan to Kill Jobs

While there is an enormous amount of political debate over various imaginary job killers, the Federal Reserve Board is openly mapping out an actual job-killing strategy and drawing almost no attention at all for it.
Dean Baker
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The Fast-Track Fandango

Why can't we have a trade debate worthy of the reality we face? Unprecedented trade deficits have undermined America's working families. We need a new strategy, not another dishonest and corrupted debate.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: Papa Bear Roars

Bombastic Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, affectionately dubbed “Papa Bear” by Stephen Colbert, formerly of “The Colbert Report,” is in so much trouble that he’s even defending President Obama. It’s that bad.
Terrance Heath
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The Real Social Security Crisis Is Income Inequality

The huge transfer of income and wealth from the middle class to the top 1 percent is not just a moral issue, but also a huge economic issue that affects Social Security to a significant degree, Sen. Bernie Sanders points out.
Richard Long
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Going Off the Rails

Some 1.4 million gallons of oil spilled in U.S. rail accidents in 2013 — more than over the previous four decades combined. A record 141 of these accidents occurred in 2014. What will it take to pull the brakes on this recklessness?

Video: Fast Track Explained In 7 Words

All the talk about “trade” deals might seem complicated, with all the “TPP” and “TPA” and “FTA” and “TTIP” floating around. It doesn’t have to be difficult, though.

A Voice for Workers at the Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve Board is deciding when to raise interest rates. Its decisions will decide if millions of Americans get jobs or pink slips, whether wages rise or stagnate. Workers need a voice in those deliberations.
Robert Borosage
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Dumb And Dumber In The Republican House Education Bill

The bill, the Student Success Act, was written completely by Republicans, passed through committee without any Democratic support, and has already drawn strong opposition from the Obama administration and others.
Jeff Bryant
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The GOP Can’t Run From Giuliani’s Hateful Rhetoric

Republicans can’t run from Rudy Giuliani’s hateful rhetoric about President Obama’s patriotism, because the party's right-wing base won’t let them. This is who they are.
Terrance Heath
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13 Million Illinois Citizens Named Bruce

Gov. Bruce Rauner could not conceive that a ceremony in the neighborhood railroad mogul George Pullman named after himself was about recognizing the workers who triumphed despite him.
Leo Gerard
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How Congress Leaves Us At The Mercy Of Big Pharma

It is a gross injustice for Congress to allow health plans to leave people with serious and disabling conditions at the mercy of out-of-control drug costs. But follow the money, and you see why it does.
Diane Archer
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