Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul announced yesterday that he is running for president. What he’s running from is at least as important as the office he's running for.
The GOP gained more than 300 state legislative seats in the 2014 election and now control 69 state legislative bodies while Democrats hold only 30. Progressives desperately need to engineer a strong comeback in 2016. And we can do it.
Marriage-equality-hating Indiana Republicans were joined by counterparts in Arkansas, North Carolina and Georgia in advancing government-sanctioned discrimination. This is not the way Americans treat each other. Well, not in 2015 anyway.
The days when the environmentalism was constantly pitted against economic growth are ending, even if climate science deniers continue to spread fear about economic devastation if we cap our carbon pollution.
Listen to economist Jared Bernstein correct the record about unemployment and inflation, and explain why "jobs for all" should be a rallying cry for progressives as we approach the 2016 presidential campaign.
The March job numbers came in somewhat worse than most analysts had expected. Many are warning that the economy is weaker than they thought. These warnings are in fact good news. They may slow down the Fed's rush to raise interest rates.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the rigged “fast track” process are a new "third rail" to "the base." Progressive leaders are working to warn Hillary Clinton off from grabbing that new third rail.
A bill that would allow workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave for pregnancy, childbirth recovery and other health-related reasons is being opposed again by the usual suspects. Their arguments are increasingly impotent.
A populist energy in gaining strength in America, mobilizing more and more citizens on the ground, and beginning to challenge the limits of the debate in the Democratic Party. Already the presidential race is affected.
This week, wingnuts tried to frighten Americans into believing that gays were going to take away their religious freedom, and learned — in Indiana, Arkansas, and a few other states — that those old tricks don’t work anymore.
The Indiana Toll Road is an infinite loop through the neoliberal world order, the mirror of a recursive economy in which every step toward corporatization creates more hardship – which calls for more privatization.
The March jobs report disappointed. The economy slowed. Pundits will blame it on the weather. But one thing is clear: This is no time for the Fed to be thinking about stepping on the brakes. We're already going too slow.
Rollouts of new tests in practically every state are prompting widespread opposition. Journalists aren’t describing the resistance well but make no mistake; it really is 'something big'
Everyone gets that past "free" trade deals rigged the rules against working people. Stopping new trade deals from making things worse is one part of the populist movement rebelling against extreme economic inequality.
President Obama's pledge is based on programs already in the works that don't need approval from a Republican Congress. More effort – and a new Congress – will eventually be needed to avert a climate crisis.
If the word “crisis” seems dramatic to you, you haven't been paying attention. The Federal Reserve recently released new data on student debt, and it shows that the situation is even worse than many people realized.
Unfortunately, the drop in the trade deficit was not the result of our trade partners finally buying as much from us as they sell to us (a.k.a. actual trade).
Corporate lobbyist understand that congressional staffers have gained far-reaching control over legislation. Lately it's dawned on lobbyists that instead of wooing staff with flattery and gifts, they should simply become the staff.
A plan by the Obama administration to pay for transportation projects with proceeds from a tax break awarded to companies hoarding profits overseas leaves too much needed money on the table, says a new report.
An alphabet soup of new financial vehicles – SLABS, CABS, PPPs, ISAs – created in the edu-debt sphere spells disaster, as Wall Street tightens its control over the education of our future citizens and leaders.
The powerful grassroots backlash against Indiana’s anti-gay “religious freedom” law is yielding results, inspiring hope and putting right-wing supporters of the law on the defensive.
This movement that started with fast-food workers in 2012 is now expanding to include a whole range of occupations, ranging from health care workers to adjunct professors, say organizers.
Why does the SEC continue to refuse to require corporations to disclose to shareholders how much of their money they are throwing into elections?
Everyone who testified at a Congressional hearing on the state of steel fingered bad trade as the culprit in the current collapse. As it is now, trade rules require Americans to forfeit a pound of flesh before trade enforcement can occur.
The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing Fast Track and expressing strong concern about the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The money primary of the 2016 presidential race is already on, even though most candidates haven't announced yet. Bush and Clinton are projected to do well, but the big winner of the money primary will be the money.
A healthy Republican primary would feature a competition of ideas to reach those presently outside the narrow Republican tent, with multiple candidates trying to better Jeb Bush's thin, if well-meaning, appeals.
In one more of many stunning examples of failure to govern, the Republican budget proposal cuts back infrastructure funding even more.
Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law the so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” Now Pence is complaining that the law isn't much different from 20 others. But, unfortunately, it is.
They've cheated customers and defrauded investors. Now they want to use our legalized system of campaign-cash corruption to protect themselves from the very government that rescued them.
In the latest hearing of their "Middle Class Prosperity Project," Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Elijah Cummings hear how some financial advisers enrich themselves by imperiling the retirement of their clients.
Let’s be clear. Sen. Ted Cruz is not going to be president. Nor is he going to be the Republican nominee. But his wingnut tendencies will make 2016 a headache for Republicans, and more entertaining for the rest of us.
Both the House and Senate have now passed budget resolutions that offer comfort and protection to the wealthy and powerful and more discomfort and vulnerability to everyone else.
The American steel industry is getting hammered, and not by American-made Kentucky Bourbon. Steel companies are laying off, and closing plants due to low-cost foreign imports.
A new online petition drive is protesting the incredibly high prices that enormously overpaid pharmaceutical CEOs charge for cancer drugs.
The New York Times story on the contents of a leaked chapter of the TPP showed that it’s as bad as many of us feared: It would let firms "sue" governments for loss of "expected future profits." Let that sink in.
The Senate today launched into what's known inside the Beltway as a "vote-a-rama." We already know how this drama ends when it comes to actions that would advance the goal of shared prosperity.
Yesterday House Republicans passed a budget with no new funding for job creation. Today a new report on black unemployment shows the urgent need for investment in job creation.
Two years since we heard multiple calls for a progressive education agenda based on equity of opportunity, what we see instead is an education policy landscape mired in controversy and fraught with politics. What went wrong?
McDonald’s argues that it’s the franchisees, not the McDonald’s corporation, that are in control of the employment practices at each restaurant. That argument will be put to the test Monday.