Fast Track to Nowhere: America’s Failed Trade Policy

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?
Robert Borosage
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When Being ‘For The Kids’ Really Isn’t

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?
Jeff Bryant
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Report Reveals The Unequal States Of America

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Playing Politics with People’s Lives

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.

How To Neutralize The Wall Street Zombies

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.
Derek Pugh
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No Pill’s Gonna Cure GOP ill

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.
Leo Gerard
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Chained CPI: Don’t Do It, Mr. 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.
Richard Eskow
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Is PBS Being Paid To Join The Plot Against Pensions?

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."
Is PBS Being Paid To Join The Plot Against Pensions?
Isaiah J. Poole
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Making Washington Work

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.
Bill Scher
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No Fast Track To TPP: Fix NAFTA First

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.

10 Reasons To Call For More Than $10.10 as a Minimum Wage

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.
Richard Eskow
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How Much More Proof Do We Need?

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 ?

Excuse To Block Jobless Benefits Not Only Disgraceful, But Dumb

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Why Cupid Seems to Be Missing More Often

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.

Transportation Funding Search Could Go Off Track

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Filibuster Against the Jobless: A Moral Disgrace

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.
Robert Borosage
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Trade Adjustment Assistance Won’t Fix TPP

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.

False Compromises In The Education Debate

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.
Jeff Bryant
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They Can’t Help Loving A Man Who Slaps Liberals Around

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.
Digby
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GOP Denies Workers’ Right to Unionize

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
GOP Denies Workers’ Right to Unionize
Leo Gerard
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Obamacare and the Right-Wing Fight for Indentured Servitude

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.
Richard Eskow
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A March In North Carolina For The Soul Of America

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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