Republicans smell an election opportunity – but only if they can keep the economy down, jobs down and wages down. Republicans are betting that voters will blame the "party in power," which means the party of the president.
The White House is pushing hard for "fast track" trade promotion authority, to help push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other upcoming "trade" agreements. Fortunately few Democrats are falling for this.
Economic inequality is a major threat to human progress. Eighty-five people control the same amount of wealth as half the population of the world. This gives a few people too much power.
The Rev. William Barber II explains why he is calling people around the country to join a Feb. 8 "moral march" on Raleigh, N.C.: "In order to change America, you have to change the South."
Our international competitors have national manufacturing strategies. They see themselves as countries, and they compete with us as if we were a country. But we do not respond as a country, so they win.
A new Toronto-based campaign is aiming to change the global conversation on CEOs, workers and labor's real value, certifying enterprises that pay their top execs no more than eight times their lowest-paid workers.
Better than distributing bottled water after a chemical spill, West Virginia, would be regulating corporations to prevent them from poisoning water in the first place.
A "new populism" is stirring, as the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party begins to challenge Wall Street's domination of our politics. But rebuilding the middle class will require a fierce, independent popular mobilization.
Politico reported recently that "Washington went to war against big Wall Street banks" and "Washington won in a blowout." If the banks are losing a war, every conqueror since Genghis Khan would be glad to do the same.
Rev. William Barber II is calling for a mass moral march on Raleigh, N.C., on February 8 to send a signal throughout this state and this country that we are not going backwards.
The grim reality facing black America today: The net worth of just 400 billionaires, a group that could fit into a high school gym, is on par with the collective wealth of our more than 14 million African- American households.
Bucking the conservative tendency to blame and punish the poor, and the trend towards criminalizing homelessness, Utah has come up with simple, cost-effective solution for homelessness.
ANY objection to a bill that supposedly is about stopping sexual predators is described as an effort to help sexual predators. This is one of the oldest propaganda techniques in the book.
What if instead of giving a block of federal money to some students, the entire tuition of any student who wanted to go to a public college was paid for? A trending petition makes the money-saving case.
As new details emerge, it’s becoming clear that West Virginia's chemical spill is also a tale of how shady businesses can prosper in an environment where regulatory capture by an industry is so deeply entrenched.
After years of “privatization” and outsourcing, the government now contracts out a lot of work to companies that pay really, really low wages for jobs that when they were “government jobs” used to provide good pay and benefits.
In 2010, the Heritage Foundation ranked Ireland in the top 10 of its "Economic Independence Index." Four years later, conservative austerity policies have wrecked Ireland's economy and other European economies.
Congress this week assaulted the jobless in two ways – by leaving Washington without reviving long-term jobless benefits that expired last month and by passing a budget that does virtually nothing to boost job creation.
Three decades ago the divestment movement help bring down apartheid. Today a new generation of activists is using divestment to bring down fossil fuel companies wrecking the climate.
We already knew that the Trans Pacific Partnership is a threat to our jobs, our civil rights, and our national sovereignty, and now we know it's also a danger to our environment.
When you look too long into the Abyss, said Nietzsche, the Abyss looks into you. That’s what Republicans' economic statements are like nowadays. Instead of a core philosophy, there's an abyss. But they still have an agenda.
Don't believe the hype. The 1,582-page budget deal may be a return to bipartisan compromise and "regular order," but it punts on addressing the vital needs of this country. It continues austerity, while starving vital investments.
Letting Republicans filibuster and obstruct everything enables their economic sabotage. Democrats are complicit in this strategy of economic sabotage because they let it continue.
I was on the Nicole Sandler show recently talking about the one-sided trade agreements we've been tricked into and the damage they do to the economy. It's also quite entertaining.
The Obama administration's new discipline guidelines could help end punitive policies that feed "the school-to-prison pipeline." Now, the next education policy shift needs to end punitive assessments.
John Podesta wrote the book on advancing policy through executive action, and now he's inside the White House. Will his climate plan now go in effect, and is it enough?
On February 8, tens of thousands of people of conscience will answer Rev. Barber's call and join in a "Moral March" on the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. Here's why you should join them – and how.
The West Virginia chemical spill that poisoned a river and left 300,000 without water is another consequence of conservatism's "deregulation culture," and a lesson in the importance of government oversight over business.
The NAFTA, KORUS and China trade deals worsened income inequality. There is no evidence the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be any different. American workers need a new trade philosophy that puts people first, not corporations.
Republicans must have gotten tired of being called the "do-nothing" Congress because they got right to work following an extended vacation. By "work," I mean "passing pointless legislation."
Senate Republicans Monday continued to fight Democratic efforts to pass an extension of federal unemployment insurance benefits for people who have been out of work longer than 26 weeks.
Democratic voters have been pleading with the president for years not to cut Social Security. Now the pleas are coming from Democratic senators. You can’t blame them. They could lose over this issue.
Why do people like the bullying tough guy types such as Chris Christie? Are they looking for someone to "take charge" in a world in which they feel a loss of control. Maybe. But can he get a majority to vote for him?
Don’t boast, as Sen. Harry Reid did last week, that the unemployment extension is “entirely paid for.” Sure, Democrats will eventually need to make a deal, but why aren't they making their case first?
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.
In all of 2013, manufacturers added 77,000 new workers. It won't be much better in 2014 unless Congress and the Obama administration get their collective acts together.