You would think a budget from the largest group of Democrats in the House, that lines up with the American people’s wishes and solves the country’s budget problems, would get some news media coverage.
Rep. Paul Ryan has become the latest right-winger to blame black poverty on "culture" and character. Just as he got it backwards on families and poverty, Paul Ryan gets it twisted on poverty and black black men.
If this deal passes the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Obama, this will be a big deal for people who have been out of work for more than 26 weeks. But that is a way-too-big "if."
What are we really arguing about? People seem to have brought years of smoldering resentment to this conversation. Enough. We need to talk about transformation – and about electoral politics.
Raising the minimum wage would give our economy much more bang for the buck than we get from the financial industry's yearly windfalls. That’s because low-wage workers tend to spend nearly every dollar they make to meet their basic needs.
It’s time for America to leave the 19th century behind, and keep the lights on. We're still using the model of giant, centralized power stations to distribute electricity over long distances. This is bad for a number of reasons.
Tax-dodging companies are holding $2 trillion-plus of taxable profits outside of the U.S., on which they would owe as much as $700 billion in taxes. Congress should just make them pay what they owe.
The CPC budget offers Americans a common-sense set of choices on vital priorities. To do so, it has to take on big money and entrenched special interests. Common sense, it turns out, requires courage.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie's George Washington Bridge scandal confirms the worst concerns about his leadership, and the soul of the GOP that until recently seemed ready to embrace him as its best hope for 2016.
There are a number of live issues -- including minimum wage, unemployment insurance, transportation infrastructure investment and immigration reform -- that may need grassroots pressure to push Congress into action.
If Democrats don't give regular, working people – the Democratic base – a reason to vote, then they won't. In Tuesday's special House election in Florida, 3,400 of them decided there was not enough reason to bother.
This is what the debate about education policy – and charter schools – so often comes to: So much sturm und drang about a favored trinket from the "education reform" tool box while matters of more importance get neglected or abused.
At CPAC, Sarah Palin mangled "Green Eggs and Ham" and declared that "Yes, we can" has become "No, we can't" under Obamacare. Here are a few things Obamacare can and will do that conservatives can't or won't.
The Caucus' proposal is a loud and audacious rebuke to conservative austerity economics. It will be a sharp contrast to the budget expected to be introduced in April by House Budget Committee Chair Rep. Paul Ryan.
The Newark story is part of a larger pattern in which Republican governors override local governments, especially urban ones, to serve both their ideology and their corporate patrons.
Young adults hold liberal views on social issues but are increasingly reluctant to identify with either party. To win them, Democrats must differentiate themselves in their devotion to improving young peoples' lives.
It doesn't matter if they'll save money and get better coverage; they just know they're going to die. These people simply put their fingers in their ears and sing "lalalalala."
If you are like me (and who isn't?) you will be absolutely fascinated by these two audio tracks. Seriously. Just listen to the first five minutes, then I'll tell you what they are about.
President Obama’s budget wasn’t actually dead on arrival last week. But Republicans knew it would speak to the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans. So they tried choking it.
When Sen. Ted Cruz wanted to talk to the nation about health care, he read "Green Eggs and Ham." When 30 senators seized the Senate floor last night for an all-night talk-a-thon about climate change, they delivered the facts.
Opponents of raising the minimum wage offer a number of claims suggesting it would be a supposedly bad idea. Unfortunately for their cause, all of their arguments fall apart under close scrutiny.
If you think of Detroit's bankruptcy and its effect on public workers as far away and unrelated to life in your hometown, think again. The next victim could be your town, your community, your retirement.
Let's learn from our not-so-distant past and share the gold. New technologies don't have to bring us new inequities. The prime example from our past: The advent of television in the decade right after World War II.
The Democratic Party, and especially President Obama’s wing of it, must not define the leftmost boundary of political debate. If we are to see a “dream budget,” we need to dream bigger than this.
This week, the world watched as Ukrainians threw out their Russian-puppet president, and Russian president Vladimir Putin prepared to invade. Conservatives, naturally, have decided that it’s all President Obama’s fault.
Rep. Paul Ryan says that "the left" is offering Americans "a full stomach and an empty soul." The truth is that conservatives like Ryan are offering Americans empty stomachs and empty rhetoric.
The trade deficit went up slightly in January, and as a result manufacturing jobs aren’t doing all that well. That’s because a trade deficit means that jobs move out of the country.
The February jobs report is more of the same: an economy that is not growing fast enough to put Americans back to work or to provide any lift to wages. This isn't due to the weather; it is due to the perversity of politicians.
We have a standoff over testing as the chief means of determining the fate of the nation's schools. A new call for congressional hearings provides a useful option to go forward.
Simple message: The trade deficit costs jobs. Our budget deficit right now doesn't. This is a huge issue. Please ask your elected officials and candidates what they plan to do to fix it.
Fifty-seven percent of small businesses in a new survey said they support a $10.10 minimum wage. They think an increase in the minimum wage is good for their bottom line and would be good for taxpayers.
In his latest attack on the poor, Rep. Paul Ryan repeats the old conservative trope that the “breakdown of the family” is the main cause of poverty. Ryan has it backwards.
The home of the Super Bowl champions is also America's minimum wage champion, with the highest state minimum wage of $9.32. And it beats the national average for job growth.
Yes, conservatives have tried for years to turn "tax and spend" into an epithet. But this strategy would reduce joblessness and inequality while stimulating the economy.
Again and again President Obama has proposed programs to help the economy and create jobs. Again and again these proposals have been obstructed by Republicans in Congress.
Some date the advent of the tea party to 2007, when Ron Paul held a “tax day tea party” fundraiser to fill his campaign coffers. But the broader movement began five years ago last week — shortly after Barack Obama was sworn into office
President Obama's 2015 Budget picks good fights with the right enemies. It exposes those who oppose it for who they are. But his longer term projections are a slow retreat from where we need to go.
We need an economy that works for everyone, not just the top 1 percent. Income inequality is finally getting some long-overdue attention from our lawmakers, but we need less talk and more action to make our economy work for the 99 percent.
Romney's complaint was that Obama wasn't supporting long-range missile defense systems over Russian objections. But Bush did support them, and the same thing happened.
Here's a final question before Sunday night's relatively unmemorable Academy Awards gala fades from memory. Why were the only two films to deal with financial scams also the two surprise shut-outs of the night?