The Congressional Budget Office recently released an analysis that showed a brighter picture for middle-income families than other work highlighting stagnation. But it is worth looking at these numbers more closely.
After the 2014 debacle, Democrats are looking for answers. But the phony debate pitting growth and jobs against fairness distracts from what is needed, while repackaging the failed ideas of the past.
Santa Cruz came to town this week with an early holiday gift for President Obama and the Democrats, and wingnuts predictably lost it when the president effectively called an end to the “cold war.”
Brilliant people with expertise and a willingness to serve the public is a good thing. It is something we want people to do. But the number of Citigroup and other Wall Street people in high positions of our government matters right now.
In 2014, charter schools became known primarily for their ability to concoct innovative new scams. From local stories to national news, charter school scandals of 2014 forever altered the narrative about these schools
Can old New Democrats find their voice in this populist moment? Hillary wants to know. William Galston, veteran scribe of the New Dems, applauds Sen. Chuck Schumer for showing the way. Only one problem: there's no there there.
A candidate who “supports Wall Street within reason,” offering only tactical promises about "ending gridlock" while most Americans fret about the economy, is in danger of losing.
This proves what some progressive leaders have been saying all along about Obamacare: It should never be viewed as anything other than a first step – one hobbled by political compromises and moneyed interests.
Insider trading has also become commonplace in corporate suites, which is one reason CEO pay has skyrocketed. If Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission wanted to reverse this, they could. But they won’t.
"Americans are deeply suspicious of trade deals negotiated in secret, with chief executives invited into the room while the workers whose jobs are on the line are locked outside."
Conservative economic policy turned Kansas into a “smoking ruin.” Taking $55 million from Obamacare is like putting a Band-Aid on a severed artery. It won’t cure the conservative failure that ails Kansas.
Much of the initial analysis of Jeb Bush's candidacy centers on the question if he is too moderate to win the Republican primary. The more important question is if Jeb is too conservative to win the general election.
The promised jobs and prosperity don't come through. Instead our trade agreements have cost us and have exacerbated inequality, which is a threat to our democracy.
Republicans finally have something to run on: fear. This week, it’s fear of Ebola. Of course, right-wing fear-mongers always leave out how conservatism made the Ebola crisis worse.
We called on President Obama to take a series of actions to "move good things forward" in the face of a destructive right-wing agenda. Today he took one of the actions on that list.
Over the next two years, Washington will be a horror show. But that doesn’t mean we can’t win progressive victories in 2015. We can dramatically change policy by focusing on cities and states.
The next big fight in Congress will be about getting the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal passed. What lessons can we learn from the way the "Citibank" provisions in the budget deal were pushed through?
State and local tax breaks are exploited by wealthy corporations, propping up businesses that generate massive wealth for CEOs and shareholders while keeping wages and benefits down for rank-and-file workers.
With the holiday season upon us, the time for end of year lists is fast-approaching. To beat the rush, today I give my list of the top dead and enduring myths of 2014.
Bad trade has battered the American dream. And more damage is threatened by pending trade deals and a so-called fast track process to approve them without in-depth deliberation.
With the passage of the spending bill, the keepers of convention – like The Washington Post editorial page – want applause for bipartisan achievement. But if that "spirit might flourish," most Americans will pay the price.
anders' website announced on Saturday that the Vermont independent “will introduce legislation to break up Wall Street megabanks ... " He deserves praise for having done so.
No one in the House or Senate would admit to putting it in the bill. No one would say they supported the provision. Yet Wall Street still got their way. What does that say about who runs our government?
This year’s all-stars of avarice range in age from thirty-somethings to just shy of octogenarian status. They’re all doing their greedy best to keep our world a staggeringly unequal place.
"A few more such victories and we are undone," the Greek general Pyrrhus supposedly said. But we're looking at the opposite situation: A few more losses like this, and we might be getting somewhere.
If this week is a preview of what we’re in for with the next Congress, get ready to step through the looking glass and into a world where executive actions are impeachable offenses, and Duck Dynasty is Broadway bound.
Only the worst kind of wingnut could conclude that America is “awesome” in spite of — or because of — “forced anal feeding and re-hydration” of detainees. But that’s what we heard this week.
People are fed up with backroom deals that rig the system against us. There is time to fight this giveaway to Wall Street. Call your senators today and tell them take the Citibank bailout out or block the budget.
A fascinating graphic presentation from Bloomberg shows how America has nearly achieved energy independence and broken our addiction to oil. It's not because oil got too expensive.
With all of the bad stuff that is in the 2015 budget that the House struggled to pass late Thursday, there is also a major story to be told about what's not in the bill. In an ideal world, it would have been voted down.
Between 2001 and 2013 the massive growth of our country's trade deficit with China has cost us 3.2 million U.S. jobs, 2.4 million (three-fourths) of which were in manufacturing.
"Every time one city acts, it builds momentum for another city. Every time a number of cities act, it builds momentum for our nation," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the Local Progress conference.
New standardized tests hitting most of the nation this school year have been engineered to increase failure rates. But what too few are asking is who really is the failure here.
This $1 trillion dollar spending bill contains the first signs of the resurgent Republicans. Their signature touches of governing for the rich and the powerful are the first slush of the Republican winter to come.
The budget deal hammered out this week literally imperils the economy. Congress is doing Wall Street's bidding, and this agreement must be stopped.
We're calling for an all-out push today to stop a backroom deal that would reopen the Wall Street derivatives casino that caused so much damage in 2008, with taxpayers stuck with the bill for cleaning up the mess.
On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of its report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. Here's what you need to know.
Are we a nation of laws or not? No one is held accountable for invading Iraq, bank fraud, shooting unarmed citizens, or even torture. It's time to restore the rule of law.
NAFTA and CAFTA caused tremendous loss of farming jobs, creating massive displacement of farmers into the U.S. TPP could displace an estimated 1.2 million more workers in these countries, resulting in more migration northward.
Wall Street isn't just trying to get another friend into a powerful position and win back taxpayer guarantees. It wants to make its own agenda seem inevitable. It wants to crush an incipient populist resistance.