This week, North Carolina’s Moral Mondays Movement has launched a “Moral Week of Action” to demand that Republicans “repent and repeal” their public policy attacks on citizen's human and civil rights.
For most of America, the shooting of yet another unarmed, young black man laid bare the way that racism and inequality play out in our streets. For wingnuts, it was another chance to appeal to the basest of the GOP base.
The nation’s focus on the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri confers yet another opportunity for deeper racial understanding, but like too many others it is fleeting and frail.
Europe's governments are learning that spending cuts slowed economic growth and actually increased deficits. Meanwhile, America's "Great Recession" also drags on thanks to cutbacks in government spending.
The much-lamented lack of transparency around private equity deals makes it difficult to figure out the precise returns to the pension funds and other limited partners in the Bain and Blackstone funds.
Trade is supposed to be balanced. Instead we have been running continuing trade deficits since the late 1970s. A former assistant Commerce secretary has offered a new plan for balancing trade.
Everyone is talking about a favorite Wall Street trick called stock buybacks. But what are they and what do they mean to you? Business expert William Lazonick answers with a clarion call for changing the way America does business.
Is it true that the future "doesn't include jobs for humans"? We should be asking a different question: Will the next automation transformation be managed wisely and fairly for everyone, or just for the benefit of an elite?
As the season for new school openings rolls out, there are reasons for a new consciousness-raising about those schools that can be brought about when there's a shock to the system like Ferguson, Mo.
Ferguson, Mo., is actually a much better place from which to understand the consequences of the past six years of economic policies. Ferguson residents would tell them that they need a full-employment economy.
If the President tries to stop their effort to dismantle the government they will resort to their time-tested fall back position: just shut down the government. And, of course, blame anyone but themselves.
Where did Ferguson's police get their military weapons and attitude? From the Pentagon. Your town and mine are being militarized too. Your town and mine are being militarized too. We must halt this perversion of policing.
The structure of the Federal Reserve ensures that the banking industry's concerns get a full hearing at Fed meetings, while those of workers may not. But that doesn't mean protests against Fed policies are futile.
Corporate tax rates used to top out at 52.8 percent. They are now 35 percent. Now they want rates lowered even more. But are corporate tax rates really "uncompetitive?" And what does that even mean?
People who are concerned about the future of Social Security should be paying a great deal of attention to what the Fed does. Raising interest rates will not only affect the economy today, but it will also affect Social Security tomorrow.
Will the recent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, be a tipping point in the struggle against racial injustice, or will it be a minor footnote in history? The answer can be found in May of 1970.
The idea of American corporations renouncing their citizenship to get out of paying for the services that they will still be using has pushed public opinion over the edge.
Republican Rep. Mo Brooks thinks there's a "war on whites" in America. In the streets Ferguson, Missouri — where a white police officer killed an unarmed, young black man — it's the other way around.
It's much easier to believe that the first African American president failed to deliver on a promise he never made than admit that our society has a huge, moral hole at its very center.
Who benefits from all of this? Defense contractors certainly do. They can argue that their products are useful to the nation both abroad and at home. And politicians can benefit from an ideology based on fear.
In the most recent CBS News poll, the public was split on which party will do a "better job" on the economy, with Democrats at 42% and Republicans at 41%. This should help break the tie.
Two tragic events this week gave right wingers an opportunity to show some humanity and decency. As usual, wingnuts did not exactly cover themselves in glory. Instead of rising to the occasion, they sank to new lows.
Cato and Reason have been sounding the alarm about the militarization of our police departments and the potential consequences. But there have also been plenty of “liberal” and other sources trying to raise awareness of this issue as well.
Michelle Rhee's resignation from the organization she founded, StudentsFirst, is an alteration of a script already written by very wealthy people who’ve created an elaborate fiction for how the nation should educate its children
There is one conclusion to be drawn from the settlement’s otherwise vague “statement”: bankers at JPMorgan Chase engaged in widespread fraud, and in all likelihood they will never pay for their crimes.
With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities see the writing on the wall. They're trying to coax lawmakers into rigging the rules against increasingly competitive new energy alternatives.
The economy is improving and the behind-the-scenes numbers that economists and business types pour over look better than they have looked in a long time. But the voters Democrats need just aren't feeling this.
The latest “Libertarian Moment” is upon us, and will expire once it runs headlong into its own inherent shortcomings and the reality of a populist majority. Blink, and you’ll miss it.
August 14 is Social Security’s birthday, which raises the question: what do you give the program that has everything? After all, Social Security enjoys massive public support. It’s the most efficient program of its kind in the country.
We hear a lot of big talk about how Dodd-Frank has made the financial system safer. It's supposed to protect us from another financial crisis like the one in 2008. But does anybody really believe it? The bank regulators sure don’t.
The 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II is just a year away. Let's truly honor the Greatest Generation. Let's redeem and renew the struggles for Freedom of Speech and Religion,and Freedom from Want and Fear.
What's the old Republican saying? "When I vote for a Republican, I want the real thing. I accept no substitutes." What's the old Democrat saying? "If I can't find a real Democrat to vote for I guess I'll just stay home."
Should Democrats run on what needs to be done or touting what has already been done? You wouldn't think this is a hard question. But the White House thinks its time to brag on the economy.
The latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary underscores the penalty millions of workers are paying for the right-wing's sabotaging of the economic recovery.
Corporate “inversions” are all the rage. No, I’m not talking about Wall Street yoga — although the term does refer to a method for companies to twist and contort themselves in order to evade taxes.
The game plan: Adopt your competition’s failed economic agenda, make yourself your opponent’s pallid shadow, and base your campaign on issues, positions and priorities that have little or no support among voters.
In 1994, Newt Gingrich unified the House candidates around the "Contract With America" platform, but the Senate Republicans weren't on board and most legislation died there. Now, there isn't a Contract to unify one house, let alone two.
For many years there were some economists who argued that their discipline should focus on growth and not worry about inequality. But a research brief Standard and Poor’s concludes that growth versus equality is a false choice.
Americans are in a foul mood, for good reasons. Current polls suggest the fall elections offer little hope for change. Conservatives have failed; liberals remain too cautious. Only citizen movements can foster the change we need.
Problem: Your right-wing brother-in-law is plugged into the Fox-Limbaugh lie machine and keeps sending you emails about "Obama spending" and "Obama deficits." Here are three "reality-based" charts to send to him.