Republicans Feeling The Climate Squeeze

It is becoming increasingly unacceptable, even among Republicans, to defend the "hoax" line. We are moving toward a climate debate over how to solve the problem, not whether there is a problem.
Bill Scher
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Wingnuts And The State of the Union

President Obama’s State of the Union Address, complete with a “mic drop” moment," couldn’t have annoyed Republicans more if he’d entered to the theme from Rocky, and exited to “How Ya Like Me Now.”
Terrance Heath
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Call, Write Congress To Oppose Fast Track Today

Today is the national Call-in Day against fast track trade authority. Call Congress at (888) 804-8311 to say that we need better trade policies that will raise wages, protect our environment and keep corporations in check.

A Fight Over Education In Nashville Might Come Your Way Next

Charter school takeovers of public schools in Music City portend a national trend. Public school parents and school board members are fighting back; one parent is "shouting my head off to save our school."
Jeff Bryant
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Democrats Take on Wall Street with Financial Transactions Tax

The House Democratic Party leadership made a remarkable step forward last week in putting out a proposal for a financial transactions tax. There should be no mistake; this is a really big deal for the financial industry.
Dean Baker
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Not So Fast, Congress

Fast Track is nothing more than Congress pulling a fast one on the American people. It’s a plan for lawmakers to abdicate their Constitutional responsibility to regulate international trade.
Leo Gerard
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The State of the States and Localities

Due to the ghastly 2014 elections, the GOP controls more state legislative bodies than at any time since the 1920s. The best defense is a good offense; progressives need to go on the offensive with smart, populist legislation.

Needed: The Case For Public Investment In Public Infrastructure

The White House today announced the creation of an infrastructure bonds program designed to attract private financing for transportation projects. It's a workaround for the cowardice and obstruction in Washington.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Wingnut Week In Review: Benghazi To Beyoncé

From Benghazi and Beyoncé, from former CIA Director David Petraeus to the terrorist attack in Paris, and beyond, this week was a smorgasbord of wingnuttery.
Terrance Heath
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Why The Test Debate Is About Politics, Not Education

As Republicans present alternatives to the currently untenable situation posed by the current public school testocracy, Democrats aren't going to get footholds simply by saying the tests will get better.
Jeff Bryant
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This Weekend: #ReclaimMLK

National People's Action is highlighting an effort to "reclaim" the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial holiday from "efforts to soften, sanitize, and commercialize" his legacy.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The High Cost of Tom Price’s Radical Agenda

Like his predecessor, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Tom Price, the new chair of the House Budget Committee, has a conservative ideology that will undermine a recovery that hasn’t even reached many Americans.
Terrance Heath
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Pipeline to Nowhere

There are many good arguments against the $8-billion pipeline on environmental and labor grounds. Here’s another reason why the pipeline shouldn’t be built: It’s a waste of money.

What You Need To Know When Obama Talks Trade

To sell a new trade pact, President Obama's State of the Union address is expected to feature a small business that increased its exports after we signed the South Korea free trade agreement. What is the real record?

What Congress isn’t Seeing When the Government Spends

The House adopted a new rule requiring lawmakers to take long-term macroeconomic effects into consideration when voting on tax and spending bills. This "dynamic scoring" has little to do with the way the economy actually works.
Dean Baker
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On Tuesday, Will Obama Stand Up for Social Security?

Unexpectedly fierce Republican attacks on Social Security offer the president an opportunity to set the political tone for the next two years. During the State of the Union we'll see whether he seizes that opportunity.
Richard Eskow
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Senate Democrats Propose Wealthy Pay A 30 Percent Minimum Tax

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has released a "tax fairness plan" that would ensure that people with multimillion-dollar incomes pay their fair share in taxes. Meanwhile, conservatives cling to their tax-cuts-for-corporations agenda.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Rep. Alan Grayson Explains Trade Deficit Harm

If people come to understand and worry about the very real trade deficit, they will demand policies that are very good for regular, working people, and "Main Street" businesses that make or do things in America.

Put Working People First

The AFL-CIO launched a campaign last week to wrench worker wages out of the muck and push them up.
Leo Gerard
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