Thom Hartmann points to a series of meetings in 2009 that set the stage for the Republican sabotaging of the economy over the next five years – and their potentially being rewarded for doing so on Tuesday.
Economists come up with complexities when a shave with Occam’s razor is all that’s needed. The bargaining power of most American workers is at a historical low point. The best way to restore it is to get the economy back to full employment.
Imagine: The year 2034, late October. America is no longer dependent on coal and foreign oil, and the economy is nearing full-employment. Coincidence? Or the result of a sustained and major investment in clean energy?
Key elections are going down to the wire. Activists are mobilizing; dark money is flooding in. But some lessons seem clear. We're witnessing not a conservative revival, but the beginnings of a populist upheaval.
For being a true populist champion, Lee Saunders, president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, is being honored at the Campaign for America's Future Awards Gala.
Stealing a page from the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl playbook from last year, the Democrats have spent the fall campaign hiding from the most successful federal government program since Medicare.
Every election year, the GOP comes up with a new crop of wingnut candidates for office. This one is no exception. Will any of this election's nuttiest wingnuts become the next Todd Akin or Christine O’Donnell?
Trade is a huge issue for many blue-collar voters and in "rust-belt" regions that have been wiped out by the offshoring of our jobs and factories. This has given North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan an opportunity.
When you sign an online petition, send an email and especially donate to a cause, it can make a real difference. In the case of companies “renouncing their citizenship” in order to dodge their taxes, it really did work.
Big money is now altering the electoral process in school board elections and state level contests for school administration. The results are apt to be the same we’ve seen in more popular elections – a distortion of democracy
The fundamentals of the 2014 Senate map are tilted toward the Republicans, with Democrats defending seven seats in states that Mitt Romney won. And yet, with only four days until Election Day, the polls are all tied up.
The "Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes Toward Politics and Public Service" asked the wrong questions, and thus fails to paint an accurate picture of the challenges that underlie millennials' political beliefs.
An elaborate mythology blames a “culture of poverty” for pockets of concentrated despair, like Ferguson. Another view holds that whites simply fled such areas. But a new study blames a century of intentionally discriminatory policies.
Unless voters come out in force, it looks like corporate money is about to buy itself another house of Congress. For the American people, the moral of this story couldn't be clearer.
Stan Greenberg still sees a way for Democrats to have a good outcome Tuesday – and it's through the party's base in the "rising American electorate." But to get there, Dems will have to pivot to a more populist message.
A riot in New Hampshire, and a likely grand jury decision not to indict in Ferguson, Missouri, underscore that blacks and whites still live in very different Americas, under very different rules.
The key elements of the American dream—a living wage, retirement security, the opportunity for one’s children to get ahead in life—are increasingly unreachable for all but the wealthiest among us.
Almost two-thirds of working Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. And they’re worried sick about whether their kids will ever make it. At the very least, they need leaders who empathize with what they’re going through.
Voters are rendering a harsh judgement against seven Republican governors running for re-election because the economic prosperity that was supposed to follow their trickle-down economic policies is only a trickle.
Here we are a week from the election and the public doesn't know that Republicans again and again and again filibustered and obstructed and sabotaged things that would help the economy.
Our society runs on a digital myth, a myth which says that the technology-based economy is different, special and somehow not subject to the principles of mathematics and human nature that govern the rest of our lives.
America’s most powerful economic policy maker dramatically charges that inequality is choking off opportunity for average families. Political candidates across the nation pay absolutely no attention.
This week we learned that Republicans, led by Karl Rove’s dark-money outfit, are attacking Dems for bowing to Simpson Bowles deficit mania. Who could've seen it coming? Progressives could wind up with a Cassandra complex.
The Communist Chinese-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, fears rule by the majority – just as U.S. Republicans do. It’s the reason the GOP has launched a massive voter suppression campaign across the country.
Mountains of money are flooding key races in the most expensive non-presidential campaign in history. To keep you up to date with the latest, we’ve rounded up some key campaign finance stories.
The White House announced new efforts to boost advanced manufacturing in new, strategic areas. The efforts include $550 million in spending on research projects, apprenticeships and aid to manufacturers.
Democrats should to learn a lesson from this year's election campaigns: Democrats should be Democrats. Democrats should not try to run away from the things Democrats stand for. It doesn't work.
Despite predictions, Republicans still haven't locked up the Senate. They parade as "not Obama." But they have little to say about where they would take the country. It is hard to win without a clue.
It was the Republican strategy to block infrastructure spending and then campaign on a theme of “Obama’s failed policies.” Brooks is not right when he says "both parties" and "the political class" are at fault.
Income gaps and wealth concentration go hand in hand, new global stats from the Credit Suisse Research Institute make clear. With one exception.
Calling gay people names is nothing new. We’ve been called many things throughout the ages. But “gremlins”? That’s a new one. The first — and perhaps only — Wingnut WTF […]
Two years ago, the Republican Party was whining about makers and takers and class warfare. Now, in many close races, Republicans are exploiting the populist mood, criticizing links to corporations and attacking wealth.
Mitch McConnell has been frank about what the GOP would do with the Senate – at least when he thinks nobody's listening. Here are 12 destructive things a Republican Senate would do, based on McConnell's own words.
A new poll shows Republicans about to pull ahead of Democrats among likely women voters. Our latest Populist Majority memo points toward how Democrats can keep a key part of their base in the fold.
It may. And if grassroots public schools supporters bail out the campaigns of some Democratic candidates, there are lessons to be learned and potentially intriguing shifts in how the Democratic Party treats education policy?
Once again, the Waltons — the exploitative multibillionaire heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune — get the goldmine, while workers and taxpayers are stuck with the shaft. It's shameful. But shameful is one of Walmart's core values.
Suppliers in Massachusetts and across the United State will likely not be getting orders from this company — thereby reducing economic activity, jobs and tax revenue.
After running weeks of ebola terror-fear, some broadcast stations apparently are not ready to allow the other side of the story to be told.
The election is still about the economy. And polls show Republicans have the edge on that. So what is the closing argument for Democrats? How do they make their case? The freshman Senator from Massachusetts offers a clue.
With Election Day just two weeks away, Rev. William Barber's words remind us: "If we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now!" His new book reminds us of the moral power of progressive values when we march "forward together."