Imagine that American factories and other businesses had received $44.2 billion more in orders last month, and every single month, and you can visualize the effect of this.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is introducing an update of the Veterans Administration bill that Republicans filibustered in February. Will Republicans vote to solve the VA scandal or milk it for political gain?
A group of senators meets Wednesday to discuss sources of federal funding for transportation projects. Let's hope they come up with something better than the stinker left by the House Republican leadership.
Thomas Pickety and Sen. Elizabeth Warren discuss why it is that the rich are getting richer, and everybody else is getting poorer, and most importantly, what we can do to fight it.
Earlier today we had a wide-ranging conversation with Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio about the fight to expand Social Security and the social safety net.
For all the gains we have been making, the treatment of low-paid workers by some of the most profitable corporations in the world ranks high in the more significant causes of the growing inequalities in the U.S.
Congress figured that investors have the right to know when CEOs are shoving such big hunks of the corporate profit pie into their maws that workers are starved and investors cheated.
With the EPA out strong with a creative rule designed to avoid negative economic impact, and with sharp prebuttals against attacks about lost jobs and higher bills, Republicans may want to take heed before overplaying their hand.
There have been reports that the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty would ban requirements that government agencies "Buy America" first. The House has voted to protect these provisions from being negotiated away.
Since we signed a "free trade" agreement with Colombia, 73 trade unionists have been murdered there. So 153 Democrats are insisting on stronger labor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
What are they afraid of? Why does the memory of FDR, the Greatest Generation, and the Four Freedoms rattle the right? Watch the video that Varney and Company of FOX Business News would not post.
Robert Samuelson is correct that income inequality in the US today is nothing like it was in the 1920s, because of the social welfare state. However his column is somewhat misleading on the income gains for middle- and low-income families.
The Right wasted no time seizing the opportunity the Financial Times gave them to discredit Thomas Piketty's book on wealth inequality, but felt no responsibility to amend their words when new information came to light.
An unfair tax dodge lets corporations hoard their money abroad. This puts honest companies that make things here and pay their taxes at a competitive disadvantage.
A major impediment holding back millennials from entering the middle class, and Democrats from turning them out to vote, is student loan debt. This is not just an issue affecting young adults, either.
Well, that didn’t take long. As Americans were still reeling from the latest gun massacre, right-wingers wasted no time blaming liberals, Hollywood, and gay marriage for all shooting rampages. As usually, the facts are decidedly against wingnuts.
The Republican strategy: Step 1: Block the bill (and any/every bill that makes things better). Step 2: Blame Democrats for the damage done by their blocking the bill.
Republicans in the House of Representatives are not only denying climate science – they're actually blocking the Pentagon from taking any action on it. Once again, House Republicans have gone too far.
House Speaker John Boehner once questioned the credibility of groups that "come out and criticize an agreement they've never seen." So you have to wonder about those groups prematurely attacking EPA's climate rules.
The economy's decline during the first three months of the year is the product of Republican obstruction of any measure that might put people to work, aided and abetted by Democratic absence from the battlefield.
At the New Populism Conference, Rev. William Barber reminded progressive populists that we must know why we fight, and what we're fighting for. We must not shrink from battle, when we have all we need to fight and win.
Who did it? Republicans are beginning to harvest the fruits of their obstruction. The strategy is to set the stage for the election by obstructing everything. Then campaign against Democrats because things are not getting better.
Economists Amir Sufi and Atif Mian in their latest book challenge many of the assumptions behind how elected officials responded to the 2008 recession. Sufi explains the crucial mistake policymakers made.
Almost every day, the headlines remind us how outrageous CEO pay in America has become. Will these outrages ever end? Congress give us no cause for optimism. But at the state level we actually may be in for a pleasant political surprise.
For years, education policy has been obsessed with outcomes like scores on standardized tests while focusing less on the inputs into our children’s schooling. It’s time for alternatives to this mindless direction.
There are Republican candidates and pollsters "who get this new populism," Celinda Lake told The New Populism Conference last week. If Democrats don't effectively align themselves with the populist mood, Republicans will.
Wouldn't a country run of, by and for We the People set things up to benefit We the People – and not just a few already-wealthy people at the expense of the rest of us, our country, and our economy?
The media use exciting words like "creativity" and "adaptability" to describe the shift away from steady, full-time work to a gig economy of freelancers and short-term contracts. But it looks quite different, if you're actually stuck in it.
Led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a new populist challenge is emerging that is already influencing the national debate in 2014, and will have a major impact in 2016, whether or not the senator is ultimately drafted to run.
Democrats and Republicans pay no price for their robotic votes for trade deal after trade deal, hoping no one will notice. Our job is to notice, turn up the heat and make them pay a price.
Republicans revere the military for all its traditional masculine virtues. So, veterans deserve health care. Poor people (who are not veterans or elderly white people) do not. This is the simple equation that guides their philosophy.
Once Obama proposes his climate regulations, we won't be debating the science. We will be debating whether prices will spike or jobs will be lost. And a party can lose it all over that. Ask Australia's Labor Party.
“We need more than just bumper sticker phrases,” Rev. William Barber II of the NAACP said at The New Populism Conference last week. It takes a vision – and a lot of hard work.
On the cover of American Spectator, vision arises from the collective unconscious of the rich. Angry citizens look on as a monocled fat-cat is led to a blood-soaked guillotine. Are they afraid the people’s patience is not endless?
This week saw a number of right-wingers being pulled up short, one way or another, including some of the biggest names in wingnuttia. For each wingnut up to his tinfoil hat in trouble of his own making, we can only say, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”
The right put its resources into long-term movement building. On our side the money, resources and effort tend to go into looking for "messiah" candidates. It is a remarkably ineffective approach.
"The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon" is considered an invaluable record of a pampered and long-vanished Japanese imperial court. Someday we may look at former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's memoir "Stress Test" the same way.
The game is rigged. The rich and the powerful have lobbyists, lobbyists and lawyers and plenty of friends in Congress. Now we can whine about it. We can whimper. Or we can fight back. Me? I’m fighting back.
The new populism stands in the grand American tradition of opposition to financial aristocracies. It is founded in today's reality. Its reform agenda gains broad support. And it is growing, challenging the limits of both parties.
The death panels are real and they’ve been found! But it’s not President Obama or some evil communist plot that’s putting politics over lives - it’s Republicans. Republicans have created their own death panels.