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.
When GOP leaders tried to repeal health care in the spring and summer, many Americans made a ruckus. We asked hard questions in town halls and in the streets. But the GOP hasn't given up the fight, and neither will we.
Two opposing forces are fighting to reshape Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Wall Street, which has been plundering the island for years, and organized labor, which is working to rebuild the island - and its own ranks.
The Trump Administration defied the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in renegotiation of NAFTA. The Chamber whined about it, and a spokesperson for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative basically told them to shut up.
Efforts to recast Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as marginalized or ineffectual are misleading. DeVos is quite pleased with the progress she’s making in her long game to change the nation's schools into a competitive marketplace.
The Republican tax plan is a lie. It’s being sold with the promise that the tax cut will create jobs and growth. In fact, the cuts, if passed, will become the major obstacle to the very investments vital to generating jobs and growth.
Trump and EPA chief Scott Pruitt think undoing all that has gone before them is something to celebrate. We must resist their efforts to undo the Clean Power Plan, and push for the radical steps we need to adapt to climate change and thrive.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) wants to curb abuses by payday lenders, but loan sharks are spending hard to undermine its new rules. We can act now to save the CFPB, and keep people out of the payday loan trap.
Insider centrism, the time-honored kind that unites leaders of both parties with their corporate funders, will always be a plaything of the elite. But centrism emerging from the true needs of voters could conceivably become a movement.
The U.S. Department of Education's new grants of over $250 million to charter school programs in states like New Mexico should prompt concern, given these schools' poor oversight and chronic disappointing academic performance.
The political project known as "centrism" is collapsing around the globe. But what about the "New Labour"/"New Democrat" phenomenon of the "center-left" that once seemed to offer so much hope? Can it survive? More importantly, should it?
Nine million children in this country are at the brink of losing health coverage. What do our lawmakers say about this? Not a damn word. Why? Because they care more about themselves than our children, and our country's future.
The GOP is not shy about enriching themselves at public expense in their budget and tax plans. But if they're not shy about looting public coffers, we won't be shy in opposing them, either.
Bernie Sanders has offered first steps towards a new foreign policy that upends the military-dominated definition of national security and elevates the threats posed by climate change. But the debate over how to achieve this has just begun.
The myth that Indians don't pay taxes is widespread and won't fade away. In fact, the Senate's push to restructure the federal tax system, destroying entitlement programs in the process, profoundly affects Indian Country.
In Puerto Rico, we may be seeing a prequel of what a post-climate change dystopian world may look like. That's why, after mitigating the damage, we must fight climate change as an existential threat to civilization.
Germany's recent elections affirm an alarming rise of the far right in Europe. But a deeper global phenomenon is at work, with implications for the American future. If political centrism is collapsing, what - and who - will replace it?
Past attempts to keep black students in the schools "where they belong" have morphed in southern cities like Little Rock and Jackson into present-day efforts to "reform" schools along exclusionary lines conceived by white elites.
Republicans are aglow with the fresh hope of passing sweeping tax cuts. In this B movie, they're swinging an axe every which way. But if we stand firm, we'll make sure their aim on taxes proves as bad as it did against health care.
The Trump administration promised to stop illegal trade in steel and aluminum by the end of June. Now the administration says it won't act until after tax legislation passes. In the meantime, mills continue to close.
The GOP health care bill slated for vote this week is an astounding immoral affront to the American people. It would strip tens of millions of care, and raise costs for millions more. It's so bad, its authors can only defend it with lies.
President Donald Trump has done something no one else could do until now. He has united the National Football League, and much of the nation, around the National Anthem protest of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Republican leaders are hurtling toward a repeal vote that will shred health care as we know it. It’s the most heartless bid to repeal care we’ve seen so far. That’s the bad news. The good news is we can stop them, if we act now.
Lindsey Graham and other GOP leaders say a repeal of Obamacare will kill Medicare for All forever. Yet others believe this last-ditch bid to tear apart our health system, even if it passes, may bring Medicare For All closer to reality.
"We should be unafraid to kick the tires on transformative ideas," says Hillary Clinton in her new political memoir. That’s good advice. If only she had embraced it when she was a presidential candidate.
Banks are trying to score another victory over hardworking Americans by refusing to lend to minorities, women, and rural residents who own and run small businesses. We can help them, by ensuring they have fair access to capital.
GOP leaders want to defund, break and eliminate as much of our health care system as they can before the tide turns. They’re worried that in the long run, we will win, and we will. But to win, we have to keep fighting.
We are in the midst of one of the largest social movements of our time. The Resistance is powerful, but how do we keep it going? Here are three important ways we can sustain this historic movement and win.
This Back-to-School season is filled with feel-good news stories about students attending internet-based schools. What the news outlets don't tell you is that these schools mostly get terrible results and often rip off taxpayers.
New figures on incomes and tax havens reveal a United States pulling ever further apart. Wages are going nowhere, and huge chunks of grand American fortunes are hiding overseas.
Betsy DeVos tours the U.S. telling school children their schools are "a mundane malaise," but three out of four of parents say their public school is excellent or good, and only 7 percent say their school is not so good or poor.
If Sanders’ proposal for universal care were enacted, every one of the 2.2 million patients in the Indian health system would have funding from insurance. That is what a Treaty Right fulfilled looks like. Finally.
Trump’s actions and words are particularly noxious, but no one should be misled: His race-bait politics are an expression of the modern Republican Party, not a deviation from it. The battle for its soul has long since been decided.
We are about to embark on a nationwide debate over taxes. Newspapers want to call this a debate over “tax reform.” It is not: Progressives want tax “fairness,” not “reform.” The first word sets us up for victory, and the latter for defeat.
The sixteen senators who have joined Sanders understand their health bill won't pass in today's Republican Congress. They signed on because it's a good idea, and because they recognize that they can both reflect and shape political change.
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