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.
Another rural Georgia hospital is closing its doors as that state continues to block the Medicaid expansion. It's time for Republicans to expand Medicaid in every state, and stop playing politics with people's lives.
A star on the hit "The Walking Dead" and four other film stars collaborate with director David Yates on a short film that takes viewers into a future in which a financial transaction tax is a reality.
The White House has often been unwilling or unable to explain why additional spending is necessary to heal the economy – especially bad news for Democrats who'll have to face the voters in November.
The Congressional Budget Office today concluded that a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 could mean the loss of 500,000 jobs. But context matters. Here's what you also need to know.
No pill’s gonna cure Republicans’ ill. They got a bad case of hating Barack Obama. So bad that they’re intent on taking health insurance from millions of Americans in an attempt to wound the President.
Why is whether President Obama will reprise the "chained CPI" Social Security cut in his 2015 budget even an open question? Truth is, motives don't matter. What we know for sure is that it is still an open question.
Equal pay for equal work? We still haven't arrived at that destination. Decent pay that reflects the dignity of all who labor? In today's America, we've barely even begun that journey.
David Sirota this week broke the story that conservative financier John Arnold, who is on a campaign to dismantle state public pension programs, has given $3.5 million to PBS to finance a series on "The Pension Peril."
Yes, Republicans are furiously obstructing all they can, and this Congress may be end up being one of the least productive in history. But don't throw in the towel on immigration or minimum wage.
Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly told House Democrats the administration is backing off pushing fast track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The new progressive populism is having an effect.
We have to stop fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Then we should take the momentum from that to demand Congress and President Obama instead fix NAFTA first.
There are strong arguments for raising the minimum wage even more than $10.10 an hour – perhaps considerably more – than is currently being discussed, and the independent left should be making them.
West Virginia is dealing with another coal-related toxic spill, and people are finding out the hard way about the real dangers of fossil fuels. This is the third coal-related spill in a single month. How much more evidence do we need ?
Sens. Dan Coats and Rob Portman joined a filibuster of emergency jobless benefits because they could not attach a provision that would force recipients for take any job that was offered, no matter how low-paying or demeaning.
On Valentine's Day and every other, those arrows aren't hitting their lovelorn targets the way they once did. The reason? New research is pointing to our unconscionable – and still growing – economic divide.
There is a strong likelihood that the server of your Friday evening Valentine’s dinner would not be able to purchase a gallon of milk with the money coming that hour solely from his or her employer.
President Obama today signs an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The order will also raise the "tipped" minimum wage to $4.90 from $2.13 an hour.
There are danger signs that an effort to open up more money for better roads and public transportation will reward the corporate tax-dodging the administration and a majority of Americans want to eliminate.
By a margin of one vote, a Republican filibuster blocked extension of aid to the long-term unemployed in the middle of the winter. Then the Senate adjourned for another vacation. This is a clear measure of who they are.
Advocates of the Trans-Pacific Partnership claim that trade adjustment assistance for displaced workers will make it OK for the people who lose their jobs. The record of "NAFTA-style" trade agreements says otherwise.
Political disputes are supposed to be resolvable only when parties "meet in the middle" and agree. But with the issue of "education reform," only one of the disputing parties in the debate tends to be implored to seek compromise.
Last month, Republicans called offsetting the cost of extended unemployment insurance by extending the sequester a "gimmick." Now Republicans have voted to use that exact same gimmick to pay for something else.
I knew about Christie's little "deal" some time ago, but apparently it's just now coming to the attention of the Washington press. It's a case of the Washington establishment falling in love with a man who's willing to slap liberals around.
West Virginia filmmaker Mari-Lynn Evans is interviewed on the “Zero Hour” radio show about the ongoing harm there caused by groundwater pollution and by selling government to the highest bidder.
Democrats and a few moderately-sane Republicans will formalize what everyone has known all along: It is illegitimate to put conditions on the vote to increase the debt ceiling.
Organized labor stands for everything the GOP hates: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and the 40-hour work week. So the GOP denounces workers exercising concerted action, at the workplace and in Washington, D.C
Throughout the immigration debate, Republicans have run phony excuses for delay, Democrats keep stripping them away, and the process keeps moving forward. How many more excuses do Republicans have?
There’s an underlying pattern to policy positions "freedom"-proclaiming conservatives are taking. Each would rob people of their freedom to choose their jobs, negotiate their salaries, or decide how they want to live.
There is a growing populist resistance to the conservative extremist agenda, and Saturday's Moral March on Raleigh was designed to launch the next phase of a nationwide push-back against tea-party Republicans.
I was honored to be part of a historic and joyful event on Saturday as an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 North Carolinians streamed into their capital city from all over their state to participate in an historic Moral March on Raleigh.
An estimated 80,000 people showed up to march on the capitol in Raleigh, N.C. Saturday. But you wouldn't know it if you live outside the area. The country's big, corporate media didn't inform their audiences.