What took so long? If we judged big banks by the same standards we apply to auto body shops or dry cleaners, they'd have all been discredited long time ago.
Members of the Main Street Alliance, the coalition of socially responsible small business owners, have been speaking out against Donald Trump in the letters pages of their area newspapers.
Social scientists are starting to place the lives of the wealthy under the same microscope formerly trained on primitive tribes in Borneo. Could their research ever help us understand phenomena like the ugliness of the Donald?
Just make the giant, tax-dodging, multinational corporations pay what they owe. Don't reward them for tax-dodging. Then we can have good schools and roads and health care and more.
One (more) of the way this country is split is a sharp divide between what small businesses need and what the giant, multinational corporations want (and usually get.)
Progressive talk show host Nicole Sandler is back on the air! Wednesday she interviewed Mike Lux in her first regular broadcast since her battle with lung cancer.
The only unknowns are whether: Hillary Clinton can break 50 percent of the popular vote, Gary Johnson can break 5 percent, Evan McMullin can win Utah’s 6 electoral votes, Democrats can claim the Senate or even the House.
Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States. But while Clinton grows more confident making the progressive case on domestic and social issues, she seems intent on doubling down on our failed efforts to police the globe.
People have figured out that our country's "trade" deals haven't been working our so well for "our country." A visit to Flint, Detroit or so many other places clearly shows what's wrong.
The charter industry finds it faces formidable new challenges from many unexpected corners. A new omnibus report explains how charters were able to fly under the radar for so long and why challenges to these schools are arising now.
Trump will probably never grace a national debate stage again, so there's that. But our campaigns, and the media’s coverage, have been shortchanging voters for a long time. That's not likely to change until the public demands better.
Just three weeks before the election, the Trump Campaign forms a Small Business Advisory Council. Despite his big business experience, Donald Trump is out of touch with the needs of Main Street.
This week, Terrence M. Cunningham, the president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, spoke out about the need to build relationships — and trust — among people of color. Unfortunately, his remarks were based in past.
In 1944, the year billionaire investor Warren Buffett first paid income tax, the U.S tax code ‘soaked the rich’ to an amazing degree — and the nation benefited mightily from all the soaking.
Oregon's Measure 97 ballot initiative is one example of We the People trying to take back control of government from the 1% and their powerful corporations.
If voter haven’t turned on Trump by now, a campaign ad from Hillary Clinton isn’t likely to move them. Clinton could choose to “go high" instead, using the debate platform to offer uplifting proposals around the issues that matter most.
Warren Buffett, who is more than six times richer than Donald Trump, demonstrates American values in both words and actions. Trump displays utter obliviousness to those values.
We are proud to announce the first slate of progressive candidates endorsed by People’s Action, who will help build on the progressive political revolution ignited by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.
Clinton can win ugly by playing Pre-Vent defense and relying on Trump’s self-destruction. Or she can use the remaining three weeks of the campaign to go full metal progressive policy and lay out a positive populist governing agenda.
On last Friday's Rick Smith Show, I discuss why we should not expect a white "silent majority" will propel Donald Trump, and whether Trump might drag down the down-ballot Republicans.
We're at the stage of the election where obsession with the latest polls reaches its peak. Yet it is also the stage when polls can stop informing about the electorate and start warping the electorate.
Clinton should make a pledge now: to take immediate action in her first 100 days that will address Wells Fargo’s scandals and the systemic problems behind them. We have nine suggested actions, and there will undoubtedly be others.
Gov. Paul LePage says that two Maine People's Alliance leaders should be imprisoned for “attempted murder” for supporting a referendum that would increase the minimum wage.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is supposed to regulate Wall Street. But it has become a "captured" agency, using its power to block regulation of Wall Street instead of enforcing regulation.
Oregon is a pathfinder in making it easier for Americans to register and vote. It’s the first state to enact universal “Motor Voter” legislation, where the DMV automatically registers people as they apply for or renew their licenses.
A small business owner in Washington, DC, working with the Main Street Alliance, explains how municipal universal family leave legislation is good for her employees, her customers, her business and the middle class.
"Tax cuts skewed toward the wealthy elite starve our communities of much-needed resources while further tilting the scales toward large corporations and the rich," says the Main Street Alliance of Donald Trump's tax plan.
Jason Furman, chair of the Council on Economic Advisors, argues that Obama “narrowed the inequality gap” more than any president in 50 years. But don’t take down the barricades. Inequality remains extreme and continues to widen.
If they win, Democrats will need to look across our generational, racial, and gender divides, toward the concerns and causes that unite us. Republicans are fighting a civil war. But then, so are we all.
At last week's massive outpouring at over 2,000 schools in over 200 cities, more than 100,000 people called attention to widespread problems in public schools and demanded new policies that prioritize quality education.
The victims in Flint are reaching out to other communities, hoping to organize grassroots groups and pressure government at all levels to remove the threat of lead and other contaminants from our drinking water.
It seems like a week can’t go by without Donald Trump saying something that offends. But his deep ignorance of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder risks spreading a calamitous lie about a disease shared by 24 million Americans.
President Obama issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose if they have violated rules protecting workers from abuses like wage theft. Now lobbyists for contractors are suing to block the rules.
Republican appointees can no longer be counted upon to uphold the law in a fair and even-handed manner. The nation is experiencing the fruits of a decades-long conservative assault on the concept of an independent judiciary.
A Student Debt Jubilee will right an injustice and affirm our core values. It is time to liberate 43 million Americans – along with their families, communities, and nation – from the crushing burden of student debt.
Trump condemns China for cheating on trade, but bought cheap Chinese steel and aluminum to construct his buildings in Chicago and Las Vegas. Would a President Trump use Chinese steel and aluminum in his U.S. infrastructure repair plan?
The brief and rare exchanges on ideas were revealing ... But the clash of ideas was a sideshow. This “debate” was an exchange of insults, egged on by the moderators. The only redeeming feature is that it will be hard to get lower than that.
Civil rights groups and policy statements from government officials have called for an end to the school-to-prison pipeline. But nothing will likely change for students until parents, educators and activists push at the local level
The newly released list of America's 400 richest only tells part of the story of just how staggeringly unequal the United States has become.
Bill Clinton's 20-year-old sexcapades are irrelevant to Hillary's ability to govern. If that counted, we’d have to downgrade the presidencies of at least half the guys who have served, and blame their wives in the bargain.
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