The rise of “independent contractors” Is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce – contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity.
In state legislatures, 2015 is the right wing's best chance to enact the most extreme legislation. The right has made clear three overarching goals: weaken labor unions, suppress voting, and satisfy their religious extremists.
Their policies have led, not to development and democracy, but to chaos and collapse. Our global reputation as a just and democratic state – the “fourth power” of our principled beliefs – lies in tatters.
The goal is to get the Department of Education to cancel their debt, along with that of all other current and former Corinthian College students. They hope that many more students rise up and join the fight.
Rudolph Giuliani's slur against the president was vile, but the Republican and neoconservative chorus that is peddling fear and pumping for more war is truly dangerous.
As California's high-speed rail project proceeds, we should build pressure to bring the same promise of jobs and increased economic growth to other gridlocked areas of the country.
ISIS wants a holy war with America. Fox News and the wingnut brigade are aching to give them one. Will those who’ve learned nothing from history doom the rest of us to repeat it?
Economist William Lazonick is said to have "decoded the Rosetta Stone of America's economic decline" with his research on income inequality. Now he's predicting that things will get worse.
The civil rights argument for annual testing continues to devolve into circular reasoning: that we need to test every poor black and brown child every year to see what their test scores are.
Credit goes to the campaigns launched by a number of grassroots organizations that for years have shone a light on the anti-worker policies that are endemic in big-box retailing, but especially Walmart.
Richly rewarding failure is absurd. Yet it’s business as usual for King Coal as companies large and small hurtle toward bankruptcy. Without profits, the industry will eventually collapse. And that’s good environmental news.
The Center for American Progress weighs into the college affordability debate with a plan that would assure all students who want to go to college that they would have the financial aid they need to do so.
Reviving America's Postal Banking system would help millions of people now being exploited by the predatory Payday Lending and check-cashing services industry.
Three signs add up to one stark reality: A nation that prides itself on being the land of opportunity is closing the avenues of advancement for an entire generation. Change will come only if we take action.
Economist Dean Baker explains the reasoning behind the effort to get organizations to endorse a petition calling on the Fed to back away from an interest rate hike that could drive up unemployment.
Almost two weeks before a “bomb train” carrying 3 million gallons of oil exploded in West Virginia, a House Republican who should have been demanding safety upgrades for oil tankers was blocking them instead.
I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains. The fact is, trade agreements are no longer really about trade.
"Our faith traditions call for community participation" in the upcoming trade debate in order to "ensure all people have a meaningful opportunity to participate in the creation of good policies."
Like Germany, the United States has its own austerity cult. For these cultists, as for the characters in our nation's newest hit movie, pain seems to have become an end unto itself.
The Christian right has a history of fanaticism extremism, and folly. Since the Reagan era, politicians have deployed these tendencies to appeal to the sensibilities and loyalties of ordinary Americans while picking their pockets.
There will be a series of rallies across the United States this week and next week to oppose Fast Track legislation. On Thursday between 1-2 p.m. ET you can join the #FightFastTrack Twitter storm.
An amendment would complete the work started by the Voting Rights Act almost 50 years ago, and undo the damage done five years ago by the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" ruling.
Residents of Richmond, Calif., home of a Chevron oil refinery, know they’re endangered when workers are. Like the workers, the residents want refineries to become good neighbors by operating safely.
Clinton is the prohibitive favorite. Some say a primary contest would be good for her. But the reason we need a populist challenger in the primaries is that we need a big debate about the direction of the country.
After a federal judge struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, “Ten Commandments” judge Roy Moore channelled governor George Wallace. The usual wingnuttery ensued.
The story is pretty much the same in conservative state after conservative state: The 1 percent pay a significantly lower percentage of their income in state and local taxes than middle-income residents.
Green energy won’t hit critical mass until conventional wisdom stops dismissing the prospect of wind, solar, and other options supplanting fossil fuels as some kind of joke.
The American Postal Workers Union has brought together an alliance of organizations to "support the fight to protect and enhance vibrant public postal services now—and for many generations to come."
Corporations like Staples want an “Easy” button to get out of being responsible for providing their workers with health insurance. Republicans are trying to give them one.
Bobby Jindal came to the nation’s capital to proclaim a ‘sweeping education plan.’ Unfortunately for Jindal, conservatives in charge of education policy in Louisiana have produced some very troubling results.
The top one percent of working Americans only pay Social Security tax on the wages they earn during the first six weeks of the year. The rest of the year is a tax holiday. Is that fair?
Class war is precisely what we've been seeing for decades now – but it's been waged for, not against, the wealthy. Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee opened up a new front in that war Wednesday.
This presentation, "Deconstructing the Corporate Case for Fast Track, One Argument at a Time" – based on my recent post on the topic – will help you make the case against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Tom Edsall at The New York Times argues that the Democrats should be worried because of "how far the Republican Party has traveled." But let's not overstate the case.
Silicon Valley companies dodge taxes, and use some of the money to build luxurious, private bus lines for their employees. The rest of us are, literally, stuck with the result of these companies' tax scams.
A Twitter town hall today seeks to turn a plan that should be considered politically outrageous into politically inevitable – unless, of course, concerned citizens act to make it politically toxic.
Sometimes, CEOs don’t fight failure. They bet on it. Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is finally moving, ever so slightly, against wagers that reward CEOs when their companies fail.
In the House there was a "Currency 101" briefing describing the damage currency manipulation does to our economy. In the House and Senate bills were introduced to do something about that damage.
More than 5,000 USW members nationwide are on unfair labor practice strikes demanding corporations respect their bargaining rights and the rights of workers and communities to safety.
Sen. Bernie Sanders asked Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to explain her inaction and the Fed’s silence on Greece’s stand against austerity. The stakes are too high for the U.S. to let Greece go it alone.