Both Wall Street and Main Street want action. They want incomes, consumer confidence and purchases all to rise, triggering business profits to do the same. They’ve recognized the enemy to their bottom lines.
America needs jobs, and not just any jobs. We need living-wage jobs that provide stability and security through regular working hours, paid time off and career paths for those who want to climb higher. We have the means to deliver.
These "trade" deals, if passed by Congress and signed by the president, would cement a corporate right to profits above the rights of citizens. They place corporate rights above national sovereignty.
A top regulator tells us that bank CEOs never intended to commit foreclosure fraud. Internal documents obtained several years ago from a bank-backed venture seem to contradict this claim.
Economist Emmanuel Saez's latest paper says that the share of wealth going to the bottom 90 percent has fallen to where it was in the 1940s, while the top tenth of 1 percent have levels of wealth last seen in the 1920s.
Thus far, the Ebola virus has infected three people in the United States that we know of, however Ebola hysteria seems to have infected somewhere close to 300 million.
It's true that Republicans have inched ahead in many of the contested states. It's also true that Republicans have lost ground in the three states that nearly everyone assumed Republicans had in the bag.
If Republicans take the Senate, they promise severe cuts – or just force the government to shut down. But Europe's tragedy shows that cuts kill economies. What will happen if we enter another recession?
America must stop “following tragedy with embarrassment,” and pass the End Racial Profiling Act, before the next city that’s “one dead black teenager away from burning to the ground” catches fire.
Republicans finally have something to run on: fear. This week, it’s fear of Ebola. Of course, right-wing fear-mongers always leave out how conservatism made the Ebola crisis worse. Fox News […]
A landmark new study has laid bare the dirty little secret of modern American philanthropy: America's wealthy don't particularly care all that much about the rest of us.
Social Security has been called the “third rail” of American politics and it turns out that talking about cutting Social Security is still like touching a “third rail.” Who could have known?
In 2012, Republicans nominated for president a private equity firm CEO with a record of outsourcing jobs. It did not go well. In several states for the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans have done it again.
Walmart is reaping the fruits of its leadership in the low-wage economy. It would do better if it did right by its workers, some of whom went to its family foundation office in D.C. to demand full-time work and a $15 wage.
Forbes doesn’t bother asking how our absurdly rich went about making their fortunes. But we should. Our top 400, after all, haven’t just made monstrously large fortunes. They’ve made a monstrously large mess.
At the deportation center in San Pedro Sula, planes land with over 100 Hondurans a day, returned from our border prisons to their native land. They tell heartbreaking tales of failed attempts to join their families or find work.
Education policy ideas that once seemed so resolute are now shaken by strong voices of opposition. There’s a new book to help us in the serious work of rethinking the nation’s education agenda – by changing the way we talk about education
New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie rejected federal funding for rail tunnels connecting his state to New York, and residents are feeling the consequences. Chinese leaders are making a different set of choices.
De Blasio's acceptance speech at CAF's Awards Gala Tuesday was a clarion call for a bold populist politics, one that would challenge the limits of conventional wisdom.
One factor in this week's stock market decline: The growing consensus that austerity is killing economies around the world. So, around the world leaders are calling for increased spending on infrastructure.
On Tuesday night, progressive leaders and activists celebrated champions whose work shows that progressive leadership and governance improve the lives of hard-working Americans.
Republicans in swing House districts are having difficulty, because of the shutdown, support for millionaire tax breaks and alleged scandals. Here's where Democrats are on the offense, complicating GOP hopes to fortify its House majority.
A recent study confirms something leftists have suspected for a long time: People are happier in countries with larger governments, a more generous “welfare state,” and more government intervention in the economy.
Some economists blame upward redistribution of income, which reduces overall demand, for excessive unemployment. However, upward redistribution is only part of the explanation. The trade deficit is a much bigger part of the picture.
Yes, taking money out of the economy actually takes money out of the economy. Yes, cutting the budget for fixing roads and bridges actually means they start to fall apart. Yes, cutting the health budget has an impact on our health.
Republicans want frightened America to summon the GOP to save the day, like it’s the political version of Ghostbusters. Most Americans, though, see right through the GOP, like it’s a gooey glob of ectoplasm.
The news alarms. The elections will deepen obstruction. It is easy to lose heart. But there is a populist movement stirring that has only begun to build, but is likely to transform our country.
Democrats who campaign with a populist message will do better than Democrats who support the “centrist” — big corporate, Wall Street — positions, according to a newly released campaign memo.
As autumn descends on the nation’s capital, people are saying there’s a darkness on the edge of town. It’s born of the fear, pessimism and uncertainty which have become the Republican political brand. But there is an answer.
The GOP is rolling out a list of “principles,” and pretending to have a “positive agenda,” because Republicans can’t tell Americans what they really want to do.
It's probably unrealistic to expect that Congress would drop its campaigning and come back to Washington to vote on a minimum wage increase. But unrealistic is not the same as unreasonable.
The Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court boosted the number of gay marriage states to somewhere between 30 and 35. Needless to say, the floodgates of wingnuttery opened wide.
Despite nearly a generation of browbeating and finger wagging, the efforts of the 'education reform' campaign have completely and utterly failed. Popular opinion appears to be more behind public schools than ever. So now what?
Populism is the new coin of the realm. Unfortunately not that many Democrats are campaigning on things that are popular. On Tuesday, it's important for us to build momentum around the crusades of three progressive heroes.
While it’s true that the United States can’t welcome every refugee in the world, the instability and insecurity flaring in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras follows more than a century of U.S. meddling in those countries.
About a million Americans have been unemployed for two years or longer, and approximately 100,000 have been jobless for at least five years. These are the forgotten victims of the economic meltdown triggered by the crash of Wall Street.
Progressives who are elected to executive office can change the political landscape through action. Two of Bill de Blasio's actions challenge the ‘bipartisan’ consensus which has too often strangled open debate.
Conservatives have repeatedly told us that cutting federal spending, and reducing deficits, would unleash economic growth and create jobs. Instead, what we have to show for it is a languid economy at best.
Corporations are funneling money to anti-consumer, anti-worker, anti-environment, right-wing governors who work against the interests of their customers and employees.
Be afraid. That is the Republican message. Republicans are offering tax cuts to billionaires and corporations -- to the rest of us they offer cuts in the things government does to make our lives better. But they can't say that.