More than 40 organizations today called on the U.S. Trade Representative to let the public have a say in what rights foreign-based business interests have in our legal system.
It's election time, when the Republicans decide it's time to troll for votes among their lovely base by kicking the poor. Thus, Rep. Paul Ryan's back with a budget that re-brands the GOP's "War On the Poor" as "Poverty Reform."
A prominent conservative in Congress has released a tax reform package that actually will not leave the rich significantly richer. Should progressives be grateful for small blessings — or suspicious? Or both?
House Speaker John Boehner has announced that Republicans plan to offer another budget proposal from Rep. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chair, for fiscal 2015. Progressives should relish what's to come.
When the week began, Arizona governor Jan Brewer thought she had all the time in the world to decide whether or not to veto Arizona’s “Gay Jim Crow” bill. By the middle of the week, Brewer learned differently. Conservatives lost it.
Arizona and Uganda are nine thousand miles apart, but they were side by side in the news this week, due to extremist anti-gay laws that spring from and are supported by the religious right.
In a Harper's essay and an interview with Bill Moyers, Adolph Reed Jr. argues the American left has ceased to exist as a viable political force. This has the potential to jumpstart some long-overdue conversations.
In the Public Interest and the American Federation of Teachers offer progressive education activists a new resource for pushing back against efforts to turn public schools into private profit centers.
Fix the Debt once boasted a budget of $40 million. Today, it’s shedding staff and going into hibernation, having failed to win any of their top priorities. Their demise proves that deep pockets don’t always prevail in Washington.
A recent report confirms that some of the officials crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership were paid handsomely by the Wall Street institutions that stand to benefit from it.
When Republican Rep. Dave Camp released a comprehensive tax reform plan, Republicans ran for the exits. They worry about the details that offend corporate lobbies. We should worry about the assumptions that offend common sense.
The 'new populism that is defining the economic debate in 2014 is also firing a new movement to reject failed education policy. This movement has developed substantial new organizational capacity and a much more powerful voice.
A bill before Congress would give tax-dodging companies a break if they loan money to the government to fix infrastructure. This would make honest, patriotic companies that kept jobs in the U.S. look like suckers.
If 43% of Democrats are now willing to call themselves liberal, it is obviously no longer a shameful label. I don't know why, but 43% of one of the major parties is a big constituency. It's a plurality, and it's growing.
A report released by the Economic Policy Institute says we could create millions of new jobs and speed up economic growth if we act to end global currency manipulation. Simple as that.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, before his attention-getting stunt outside the White House this week, offered up a 10-point agenda to "jump-start growth" that withers under the harsh light of reality.
Why should moving data around be any different from moving people? No private party, the latest Comcast merger ought to remind us, should be allowed to get rich off a basic public trust.
Trade negotiators want to ban "Buy America" government procurement policies so companies like GE and Caterpillar can get more contracts in other countries. But GE and Caterpillar don't pay taxes here. So what we We the People get?
Vulture capitalist Tom Perkins revealed his plan to crush the uppity 99 percent and make America what he would he would call a decent place for billionaires. He believes billionaires should get a vote for every dollar they pay in taxes.
President Obama's 2015 federal budget comes weeks he after declared inequality “the defining moral challenge of our time.” Early reports about the budget show no signs of such broad moral sweep or scope.
We know that the Trans-Pacific Partnership has an intellectual property section that will override government rules that limit the ability of giant corporations to trample the interests of smaller competitors and the public.
Social welfare organizations are allowed to influence elections to a degree, but can’t make electoral politics their “primary focus.” The problem is that standard hasn’t been well defined.
Right wing ideologues are no long just preaching their beliefs and trying to persuade people to go along. They know they cannot allow facts and knowledge to be shared with the public or the results of their handiwork will be obvious to all.
Progressives campaigned aggressively to remove the chained CPI cut of Social Security benefits from this year’s federal budget because they view the document as rhetorical as well as practical.
It's been another rough week on the right. A high-profile GOP governor, and potential 2016 presidential contender could be brought low by a trove of scandalous emails. And it's not Chris Christie.
Even before Michael Dunn encountered Jordan Davis and his friends, he was primed to see young black men as dangerous “thugs” that should be eliminated, and to believe he had the absolute right to do so.
A show about rough Washington politics gets rough in real life, demanding that Maryland taxpayers fork over more subsidies or else it will move its filming operation to the state that will allow the biggest tax ripoff.
Here are five-plus examples of billionaires who use their money to try to get us to think what they want us to think in order to enact a right-wing economic agenda.
The Gap announces it will raise its minimum wage. Even Walmart is reconsidering. The minimum wage is moving forward because people want it, despite continuing Republican obstruction.
Great news! The AP just reported that the chained CPI will not be in President Obama’s budget. This is a victory for populists who want politicians to fight for the majority of real Americans facing tough economic realities.
If Republicans don't seem to know what they could propose, I'm happy to help out. Since anything that's going to create jobs will cost the Treasury money, the first thing to do is find a way to loosen those budget caps.
Clarence Thomas says that Americans are too sensitive about race. The killing of Jordan Davis, and a jury's failure to convict his killer, speaks volumes about the true state of America's racial sensitivity.
The old trade model has failed us miserably. Isn't it time to stop pursuing a fast track for another bad trade deal when the train is already off the rails? Isn't it long past time to take another look and think anew?
Instead of addressing root causes of poverty that affect academic performance, students and teachers are required to take on evermore-stringent "no excuses" academic requirements. Is this education reform, or abuse?
In 26 out of the 50 states, the top 1 percent have seized all of the income growth since the end of the Great Recession. Income inequality is not just a feature of certain regions or economic sectors.
A new poll finds that voters overwhelmingly see unfair trade agreements and outsourcing as a main cause of our job problem – and they want our government to do something about it.