As a Summit on Working Families was underway at the White House to talk about how to address the struggles of workers, 200 women who work for federal contractors staged a protest.
On immigration reform, President Barack Obama retains the upper hand. House Republicans have five weeks to accept reality and pass legislation, or ignore it and give Obama another chance to lead, like with climate and minimum wage.
We’ve known for a while now that suicide rates tend to increase under conservatives governments, when money is going to corporations and the wealthy, at the expense of everyone else. Look at the suicide rate in America from 1999 to 2010.
As the White House holds a Summit on Working Families today, here are five policies with broad popular support that could make a family-friendly economy a reality.
Inside of every country and every system there are competing interests. Investors want their own currency to be strong at any given time and manufacturers want their own currency to be weak at any given time.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is back in the news, following prosecutors' allegations that Walker was at the center of a "criminal scheme" to bypass state election laws, by illegally coordinated spending between conservative groups and his campaign in 2012. Is the former GOP star in freefall?
The irony of American politics is that the right is far weaker than it appears and the left far stronger than it asserts. That strength is too often subsumed under more centrist, far-better-funded Democratic candidates and operations.
The White House will hold a Summit on Working Families on Monday, and Republicans are trying to get in on the action with a fake agenda meant to distract us from their lack of real solutions.
A leading House Democrat says that making it harder for corporations to use overseas affiliates to avoid paying U.S. corporate taxes would help shore up a fund for transportation projects that's about to run dry.
The dirty, little secret is that spending more money on schools is what most people really want – and for good reason. Yet what we’ve been seeing is a 'reform' agenda that emphasizes anything but.
Another leak shows that the giant corporations consider themselves powerful enough to just ignore governments, and are negotiating among themselves the rules for world corporate domination in the 21st century.
Just as the White House was registering its opposition to a corporate tax holiday for companies that are sheltering profits overseas, a House Democrat was selling the proposal in a campaign ad.
How do we build a people’s movement? We start with vision. Prophetic moral vision seeks to penetrate despair, so that we can believe in and embrace new futures. It does not ask if the vision can be implemented
President Obama could sign an executive order today that would help halt wage theft and place over 20 million Americans on a pathway to the middle class, according to a report by the think tank Demos.
Medtronic is as American a company as they come. But if Medtronic’s management has its way, the company will soon become Irish. Why? Because everybody evades their taxes nowadays.
A plan unveiled today to keep the federal fund that pays for surface transportation projects from drying up within the next two months comes with some plain truth that Republicans keep trying to avoid.
A growing body of evidence suggests that inequality is changing not only American family structures, but the roles men and women play and the calculations they make in pairing and establishing households.
The restaurant industry is the single biggest source of sexual harassment claims. Placing women in the position of having to please customers and employers for tips is a big part of the problem.
While conservatives fret over breadwinner moms and caregiver dads, Democrats are working to create a more family-friendly economy, starting with a family-friendly workplace.
Tuesday President Obama talked about manufacturing at a TechShop in Pittsburgh. At the same time his administration announced a number of new manufacturing initiatives. How's he doing?
The biggest fixable factor affecting jobs and the economy wasn't mentioned at all in Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's speech on the economy last week: the trade deficit.
If we truly want to have a healthcare system that works for all, than we need to go back to the days when healthcare wasn’t a cash cow for Wall Street bankers. It’s time to put people over profits once and for all.
Right-wingers on the Supreme Court gave a minority – the wealthy – legal sanction to buy the government. Now, democracy-loving Americans are demanding a constitutional amendment to return governing to the majority.
A key keeper of the market fundamentalist flame, the Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore, wants us to know that all his rich and powerful red-state pals really do care about income maldistribution.
You would think that seeing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor fall off his perch would cause his fellow House Republicans to approach their handling of Wall Street interests with a new level of sobriety. Not this week.
The U.S. Treasury secretary gave a major speech on the economy. The discussion that followed reveals much about the disconnect between financial/political elites and the rest of us.
While 300,000 petition signatures were not enough to prevent a Senate filibuster of the student loan refinancing bill, they are inspiring supporters to continue the fight.
Massive income inequality is not new. Yet there are still conservative myths floating around about why it is and what we can do. Here are a few of the real reasons ordinary Americans languish economically.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka characterizes his vision of a progressive and populist-oriented labor coalition, not as a modern innovation, but as a return to labor’s roots.
America is plagued by too much public squalor and too much private wealth. Partisan obstruction blocks even modest reform. Americans will continue to struggle until they force a new politics.
As House Minority Leader Eric Cantor exits stage right, it seems appropriate to recall some of his most memorable wingnut moments, and consider what we may be in for as David Bratt waits in the wings.
The United States has inked free-trade deals with 20 countries over the past three decades. It’s now clear that this zeal benefits corporations while hurting the rest of us.
There is nothing controversial about the work of climatologist Michael Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center. Here are six things he’d like you to understand about the scientific consensus on global warming.
It’s time to say enough is enough, and stop letting Tea Partying libertarians drive the agenda in Washington. We need to restore the economic policies of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s that allowed all Americans to have an equal shot at success.
Robert Murray of coal company Murray Energy ranted about global warming while six of his employees were dying because of his unsafe mine. Now he's fighting the EPA's climate regulations. Do you want to be on his side?
This week Democrats added 23 new bills to the comprehensive Make It In America plan. These new bills are not like the usual Republican "giving tax cuts to rich people fixes everything" nonsense. These bills contain real substance.
President Obama's executive order on student loan payment caps brought student debt to the news this week. Here are some of the budget trade-offs we could make to help Millenials attain higher education without burgeoning student loan debt.
Support for the Common Core is eroding away, and you have to wonder what the Obama administration and a significant wing of the education establishment are going to be left with.
Did our nation’s news media fulfill its duty to keep you informed about what is going on with your government? Here is what much of the media reported about Wednesday's student loan relief vote in the Senate.
There are legitimate conclusions to be drawn from Cantor’s defeat. But there are also some insights to be gained from David Brat’s upset victory, especially for the left.