Election results in Denver, Virginia and elsewhere were good news for Democrats but not for Democratic "education reformers" who've supported the Republican agenda of school privatization, standardized testing and tough-on-teacher measures.
Nominating Alexander Azar for Health and Human Services Secretary is like pinning a sheriff's badge on Billy the Kid. When it comes to public harm, the mild-mannered Azar puts blowhard "pharma bros" like Martin Shkreli to shame.
What Republicans propose in their tax plans isn't just a raid on budget items for the sake of fiscal efficiency; their plans are part of a strategic offensive against the very idea that all children and youth have a right to learn.
Sweeping victories in last Tuesday’s elections provided a bracing tonic for Democrats. Party pros decry internal divisions, but the fact that grassroots activists are putting energy into electoral politics may be the best hope for renewal.
Phil Murphy, New Jersey's governor-elect, is the latest alum of Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs to join government. Unlike his GOP peers, he promises to help workers and families. Will this help his troubled state? Only time will tell.
If you're a Democrat, there's a name for that unfamiliar emotion you were feeling last Tuesday night. It's called happiness. But there is a serious risk that the party will draw the wrong lessons from last week's results.
New reports offer a rare glimpse into the world of the super-rich. Their concentrated wealth is the dark matter of the world economy: rarely seen, yet reshaping everything around it. We must confront this power before it is too late.
The Tar Heel states shows how charter schools and other forms of 'school choice' turn education funding into a contest between haves and have-nots, in ways that divide communities and segregate students.
In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, authorities and the NRA have put on a master class in how to bamboozle the media and whitewash unpleasant truths about guns and gambling. It's time to speak truth to power in this country.
Election Day 2017 feels like the dawn of a new era, and a new kind of politics, in this country. Up and down the ballot, courageous ordinary folks are running for office on issues that truly matter. And guess what? They're winning.
Winners include bold progressives and a voter-led push to expand Medicaid in a state led by a Trump-like governor. Defeated was a gubernatorial candidate who spent millions on fear-mongering and race-baiting. So who's the biggest loser?
Ralph Northam's big win for the Democratic party in the Virginia governor's election is being hailed as a rebuke of President Trump. It's also a rebuke of Betsy DeVos and her education policies. But Northam had to break from Democrats too.
In the midst of the GOP's frenzy to pass their tax bill, remember one thing: this entire project is utterly wrong-headed. Few politicians dare say it, but the reality is Americans are not overtaxed. They are underserved by their government.
Americans for Tax Fairness has just published "Nine Terrible Things About the Republican Tax Plan." All are good reasons for you should get on the phone with your member of Congress and tell them to vote against this travesty of a tax bill.
Why are Democrats still fighting the Battle of 2016? Aren't there better things to argue about? As it turns out, there are - including the future of the party, which depends on their ability to democratize it from the inside out.
Former President Jimmy Carter has stepped up to point a direction out of the looming crisis with North Korea. Trump should take Carter up on his offer to start negotiations of a permanent peace. It just might work; here's how.
People's Action joins a broad coalition asking everyone to call 877-795-7862 NOW and tell your Members of Congress to vote against the Republicans' tax cut plan, which offers huge windfalls to corporations and the rich at our expense.
A Republican proposal to eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) from federal income taxes will undercut education. It will also likely result in cuts to the same state and local taxes that provide most funding to schools.
The GOP's tax plan sets off a scrum, when lobbyists fix rules to benefit the few, with lies and false promises to the many. One of the worst is tax "repatriation," which rewards, rather than reforms, tax avoidance by big corporations.
Centrist think tanks and Democratic Party elites promise to lead the party out of the "wilderness," but what they're peddling is the same losing agenda on economics and education.
A new poll shows most Democratic voters want their party to move left, with new people in charge. In other words, they want a political revolution. They've got the right idea.
I’m Joe Mangino, and I live with my family in the Jersey Shore town of Beach Haven West. Hurricane Sandy destroyed my home, but it taught us we're stronger when we stand together. Who can find and fight for solutions? We can.
To pay for their red-ribbon wrapped gift box for the uber-wealthy, Republicans are smashing and burning $5 trillion in programs cherished by workers, including Medicare and Medicaid. This is not tax reform; it's tax deform.
GOP lawmakers think their budget means tax cuts for the rich are finally within reach, if they can hold on a little longer. But they're wrong; we' re going to stop them. We won't let this stinker slide through.
The Center for American Progress's recent 'progressive case' for charter schools is flawed and unconvincing in multiple ways. What's most obvious is CAP hasn't spent much time seriously considering what charter school skeptics say.
Lawmakers ought to make improving Social Security, not enriching the rich, the goal of tax reform. What the White House calls “tax reform” favors the rich so much, the rest of us ought to call it an outrage.
No ideology in modern American history has failed as consistently or for as long as the Wall Street-friendly "Democratic centrism." Its practitioners are undeterred by the losing streak that has brought their party to its knees.
Some argue Democrats need to forget our progressive past if we want to win. They're dead wrong. We are descended from activists who made America truly great by refusing to bow to the powerful and instead fought to extend and deepen freedom.
As the Democratic Party finds itself in the wilderness, the Wall Streeters are trying to argue that they have a way out. But we shouldn't listen. Big money perverts our democracy, period.
The CFPB’s arbitration rule keeps courthouse doors open, and creates a more level playing field for consumers to bring their claims. That's why some sectors of Corporate America want to see this rule go away for good.
As a member of a Tribal Sovereign Nation, I know how phony allegations, even when proven to be false, are used to suppress the vote. We've faced this time and again in Indian Country, and now they're coming for your voting rights, too.
Economically, culturally, strategically, and morally, Donald Trump's obsessive efforts to ban Muslim immigrants and refugees from the United States have impoverished us all. His most recent attempt proves it.
Betsy DeVos says conversations about education should not be about 'systems,' but public schools and public-school educators are, literally, lifesavers in American communities hit by devastating natural disasters.
Republicans in Congress want to drive our nation’s economy, and budget, off a cliff. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here in Illinois, we know there is a way out of this madness, if we stand together to put people and planet first.
The deals that deep pockets can snatch up right now on luxury private jets have never been sweeter. The reality of what that means — for the rest of us — could hardly be more bitter.
Somebody ought to write a self-help book for Republican politicians called, “How to Profit from the Coming Trump Apocalypse.” Although, come to think of it, they're doing pretty well with that already.
Scott Wagner and other Pennsylvania officials want to mainstream extremist views and make the commonwealth a vanguard in White Nationalism’s push to take over the GOP. It's a dangerous game, and a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation.
Weeks after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans now face a humanitarian crisis from waterborne diseases and toxic runoff from Superfund sites. Why? Because like other victims, they don't have the "complexion for protection" by lawmakers.
Hurricane victims in Puerto Rico are getting sick from drinking polluted water. And Trump’s lone-wolf attack on health insurance markets will now make care unaffordable to millions of the working-class men and women he promised to protect.
By purging minorities from voting rolls, Kris Kobach, Co-Chair of Trump's "Election Integrity" Commission, may have done more to steal the election for Republicans than Comey and Putin combined. Now he's getting ready to do it again.
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