Of the two candidates who joined the race on Monday for the Republican presidential nomination, it's retired brain surgeon Ben Carson who is likely to have the most impact. That makes it frightening how much he just doesn’t get.
When push comes to shove, will Clinton merely reshuffle the deck? Or will she stand with everyday people and go toe-to-toe with the corporate and political elite to fundamentally rewrite the rules of the game?
Fast track is expected to come to the floor of the Senate soon for debate and then a vote – possibly even this week. Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton so far remains silent on the issue.
With the economic benefits of the trade deal admittedly limited, its supporters have increasingly peddled it as an answer to the threat that China will write the rules of the Asian markets. Don't believe the hype.
Fifteen Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea. North Korea! When America is asked to search its soul, which America are we talking about?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Senate’s foremost advocate for lowering student debt and lowering the cost of college, received a petition signed by over 240,000 people that called on Congress to "Cancel All Student Debt."
The conservative argument that declining marriage rates contribute to high rates of poverty is a hardy perennial. Yet there are 15 million poor people in married households. Facts are stubborn things.
This week, conservatives were confronted with two of their worst fears: gay people getting married and black people getting angry. Then, as if things weren't bad enough, the federal government began preparations to invade Texas.
There is a direct relationship between our enormous, humongous and ongoing trade deficit and the lack of jobs, blight and desperation that is so visible in cities like Baltimore.
Sen. Bernie Sanders will run a full-throated, uncompromised populist campaign for the presidency. That will test not the popularity of the populist message, but the strength of the populist movement.
Several progressive organizations are lining up today in support of the Raise the Wage bill introduced by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Robert Scott. Meanwhile, Fight for $15 activists plan their next action.
The race for the Democratic nomination for president was transformed today as populist stalwart Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy. In a populist moment, Sanders is the real deal.
Voters support a role for the federal government "in ensuring that every person who wants to work has a job and a good standard of living," according to a report by pollster Celinda Lake.
With fast track, We the People of the United States of America don't get to know what's in TPP until some time after Congress pre-approves it.
The Kochs can't buy the Pope, but presumably they have some members of Congress on retainer. Still, perhaps the Pope can turn at least one Republican away from oil and coal patrons.
African-American students are more likely to take on education debt than their white, Latino, or Asian-American peers, and thus they suffer more of the negative effects. The Middle Class Prosperity Project explores the problem.
Last week federal contractors walked off the job to protest poverty wages. This week some of them are experiencing retaliation, and Good Jobs Nation has filed a National Labor Relations Board complaint.
It’s not as though what happened in Baltimore was unique or even unusual in our nation’s history. Race riots, as we used to call them, are as American as baseball and apple pie.
We will continue to gather in solidarity. We will continue to fight for our rights. And we will continue to declare that “This is what democracy looks like!”
The struggles of central Baltimore communities that are now part of the national conversation highlight the urgency of a "Good Jobs for All" campaign that will be launched today by the Center for Community Change.
The right-wing response to stories of police violence and brutality against blacks, and black deaths at the hands of police, is becoming as predictable as the stories themselves. Only the names and locations seem to change.
Republicans in Congress can read polls and letters from their constituents as well as Democrats. They are starting to realize that it might not be wise to rubber-stamp a fast track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Republicans often are gluttons for punishment. So it's not surprising that they're gearing up for another futile and embarrassing letter campaign, this time on climate.
The Oklahoma House banned AP American History, the Tennessee House named the Bible “the official state book,” the Mississippi House passed a “Jesus Take the Wheel” bill. These right-wing efforts seem crazy. They're not.
On Workers’ Memorial Day, commemorating lives lost on the job, USW members will place spotlights on 35 crosses honoring workers killed at a Texas City refinery over 35 years, to highlight lives sacrificed when safety was compromised there.
Corporations get a special channel for submitting claims and getting enforcement of the words that appear in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Labor, environmentalists and other "stakeholders" don't get that.
Corinthian Colleges has officially shut down. But for most of its students, and for a generation enchained by student debt, the need for action remains. Abuses must be addressed, and their victims made whole.
The list is part of a letter the organization sent to Congress urging members to oppose the fast-track bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
As the Supreme Court prepares to hear opening arguments in marriage equality cases tomorrow, GOP presidential candidates are trying to have it both ways, and only succeeding at tying themselves in knots.
As I travel around America, I’m struck by how utterly powerless most people feel. The companies we work for, the businesses we buy from, and the political system we participate in all seem to have grown less accountable.
Obama unleashed the furies in the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership by calling out Sen. Elizabeth Warren by name and scorning his opposition. That puts more pressure on Hillary to take a stand.
Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in same-sex marriage cases that could result in a ruling that makes marriage equality the law of the land. Naturally, wingnuts have already worked themselves into a panic.
President Obama said that people who have concerns about Fast Track and TPP “don’t know what they’re talking about,” and compared them to conservatives like Sarah Palin talking about "death panels."
Students, professors, and alumni are increasingly telling their schools to put their money where their mission is by shunning oil, gas, and coal assets. And there’s no more symbolic time of year to make that kind of statement.
Sander Levin's "right track" bill was a path to doing at least some good for labor and others through passage of authorizing legislation for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But it was quickly shut down.
It’s futile to hope that the GOP’s gaggle of corporate-hugging, right-wing presidential candidates will seriously address the issue of rising inequality in our land. How about the Democrats?
California has started to take education policy in a different direction, from fiscal austerity and rigid accountability to more financial support and more power and trust to local authorities.
In today’s education landscape, so dominated by the tyranny of testing, falsifying data is not the only way to ensure high scores. You can falsify education practice itself.
The federal government is the leading generator of low-wage jobs in America. Now those workers are calling on the president to step up and use his pen to lift workers up, not drive them down.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Progressive Caucus members stand with low-wage government contract workers, saying that taxpayer-paid contractors should pay workers a living wage.