The Congressional Budget Office said that by ending the sequester federal spending caps, the economy would be able to add as many as 1.4 million additional jobs in 2016 and 2017. We need those jobs.
Over a seven-month period in 1965, Congress passed five significant laws that forever changed life in America. What Congress accomplished then puts today’s lawmakers to shame.
Republicans have tried various tactics over the years to weaken or just get rid of unions, and that includes public employee unions. The latest scheme comes from the Senate.
No one will vote for a candidate with no governing experience on the basis on a single issue. And it's not true that nothing good can happen until we enact his package of election reforms.
China is lowering the value of its currency to boost its economic growth by supporting its exporters. China does what China does, for China. The U.S. should do what the U.S. needs to do, for the U.S.
As the ranks of Florida charter schools have swollen, the pathway out of poverty these schools were supposed to provide now looks more like a detour to exploitation and profit-making.
Characterizing the Republican field is not as simple as deeming them all climate science deniers. If you look closely – and squint real hard – you'll find slight differences that can give an optimist a glimmer of hope.
Firing workers like nurse Lacie Little for trying to form a union is illegal. But institutions do it all the time anyway because the penalties are so very paltry and the fear instilled is so very profound.
On Monday presidential candidate Hillary Clinton responded to the emerging Student Debt Voter movement with her own plan to reduce the cost of college education and reduce the burden of student debt.
Republican candidates start with appropriately grandiloquent anger about the moral depravity of income inequality. But they are as adept as a bunch of monkeys when it comes to solutions.
The Republican debate debacle combined with a positive jobs report has put Democrats into a celebratory mood. But the reality is that we haven't even begun the reforms we need to make this economy work for working people.
GOP candidates have occasionally used the right buzzwords – inequality, opportunity, middle class – but they are dramatically failing to give the true explanation about how our economy ended up the way it is.
Jeb Bush says he can bring the economy up to 4 percent annual growth. The White House responds that 4 percent growth is not achievable. The Progressive Caucus shows it is, but not the way Bush plans to do it.
News of former president Bill Clinton’s private phone calls to Donald Trump pin the weeks before the billionaire launched his presidential bid raised several eyebrows in Washington. It could cause wingnut heads to explode.
After the debacle of George W. Bush’s conservative economic policy and foreign policy, Republicans still have something to prove. They didn’t prove anything last night.
We are continuing to reap the consequences of the conservative obstruction in Congress that has blocked the critical policies we need for real job growth and robust recovery.
The Republican "debate" turned into the Trump show. Aided and abetted by Fox News moderators who repeatedly went after him, Trump dominated, treating the others as bit players in his ongoing farce.
Recently five Republican presidential candidates paraded themselves before a group of mega-donors convened by the Koch brothers. Thursday's debate was an extension of the Kochs’ beauty pageant.
The people who will stand on the Republican presidential nomination debate stage in Ohio are among those who are leading the wrecking crew trying to demolish a signature civil rights achievement.
President Obama is drafting an executive order to require federal contractors to provide sick leave for workers who are sick or caring for a sick relative. How does this measure up to Good Jobs Nation's More than the Minimum demands?
The antipathy, or apathy, politicians like some of the Republican presidential candidates have toward teachers derives from the reality that politicians tend to have unreal expectations about teachers and what they do.
August 9 will mark one year since officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Too many black lives are still lost to police violence, but movements are now demanding that black lives matter.
The federal Securities and Exchange Commission has just given Americans an official yardstick for measuring corporate CEO greed: the comparison between a company's median compensation for all its workers and CEO pay.
"If you have political connections, now is the time to use them," says Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund, as he talks about how to push back against a multimillion-dollar effort to block the Iran agreement.
Not having access to good public transportation destroys the promise of equal opportunity for millions of Americans. When Congress returns to address long-term transportation funding, this needs to be part of the debate.
Our "strong dollar" policy is part of the problem. A high value to the U.S. dollar means that goods made here cost more than goods made in countries with "weak" currencies, so they get the orders.
On Wednesday the Senate Finance Committee will hold an executive session to consider Marisa Lago to be deputy U.S. trade representative – another revolving-door Wall Street nominee to a key position.
"More trade is always good." Is that really right? Do our current international trade policies as applied under our current economic order a good thing or a bad thing for We the People of the United States?
America’s parasitical oligarchs are masters of public relations. One of their favorite tactics is to masquerade as defenders of the common folk while neatly arranging things behind the scenes so that they can continue to plunder unimpeded.
On the demand of oilmen for more profit, the Senate Energy Committee voted to end the 40-year-old ban on exporting American oil - giving oil-rich Middle Eastern countries additional power to crush the U.S. economy with another oil embargo.
Fault lines are emerging in response to the administration's Clean Power Plan, the EPA rule designed to cut carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. How can we make sense of it, and what should activists do next?
Because Congress won’t let Puerto Rico declare bankruptcy, the island’s creditors need to come to terms with the futility of austerity and accept that their money is not coming back.
Political insiders don’t see that the biggest political phenomenon in America today is a revolt against the “ruling class” of insiders that have dominated Washington for more than three decades.
TPP is not dead. There is still time to squeeze this through Congress before the real Presidential campaign season begins if they can complete TPP in August.
In any society that winks as great stashes of wealth amass at the top, philosopher Elizabeth Anderson reminds us, the wealthy will sooner or later see most of the rest of us as failures.
A new generation of activists have sharpened the view of the threshold candidates must cross to earn the vote of African Americans, and once again Republican candidates are showing themselves incapable of rising to the challenge.
A beloved lion named Cecil was lured out of his sanctuary in Zimbabwe, and killed by an American hunter. The world mourned, and wingnuts roared that the lion’s death drew attention away from their scam to bring down Planned Parenthood.
"The proposal appears to fail two principles of corporate tax reform," says a letter authored by Americans for Tax Fairness: It would not increase revenue and it would encourage more shifting of jobs and profits offshore.
"NAFTA-style" "trade" agreements like TPP contain "investor-protection" provisions that allow corporations to sue governments for passing laws and making regulations that might limit their expected profits.
Conservatives are using this Export-Import Bank issue to look like populist champions fighting against "corporate welfare" on behalf of the taxpayer. Don't believe it. This is part of a bigger attack.