April Jobs Report: Is The Economy Slowing?

The Labor Department reports continued but slowing jobs growth, on the heels of a Federal Reserve report that the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.5 percent in the first quarter. The stock market is back, but the people aren't.
Robert Borosage
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Burning Issues: Economic Growth To Fight Income Inequality

Presidential candidates who emphasize closing the federal spending deficit are ignoring a more important investment deficit, argues William Spriggs, chief economist for the AFL-CIO, in this Burning Issues video.
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Why Fight for $12 When $15 is Better?

The Supreme Court this week set a strong positive precedent for supporters of a $15 federal minimum wage. Now the Fight for $15 moves to Washington in a big way – on both its political and its commercial corridors.
Courtney Freudenthal
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Seven Things Obama Should Say From Flint

Today, President Obama is visiting Flint, Michigan for the first time since state officials revealed that the city’s water was contained with lead. Here are seven things the president should say when he speaks to the nation from Flint.
Terrance Heath
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Conservatism 1980-2016, RIP

Modern American Conservatism died last night at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It was 35 years old. Myriad diseases in conservatism's early adulthood were devastating and eventually proved to be irrevocable.
Bill Scher
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Bernie Sanders Wins Indiana – And The Political Debate

Bernie Sanders sweeps to victory in Wonder bread Indiana. Donald Trump blows Ted Cruz out of the Republican race. The Donald is officially the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. And Sanders shows he still has some legs left.
Robert Borosage
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Outlaw Chinese Steel

The US can become a weakling, reliant on other nations for steel, including some, like China, that clearly are not allies. Or, the United States can act now, as U.S. Steel demands, to secure America’s industrial strength and independence.
Leo Gerard
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Burning Issues: Pentagon Spending Out of Control?

Danielle Brian, the executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, highlights the reasons why our Pentagon budget is so bloated in this Burning Issues video.
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Share-the-Gains Capitalism

If I were a betting man, I’d put my money a model of capitalism that’s neither no-lose socialism for the rich nor cruel hyper-capitalism for the rest, but share-the-gains capitalism for everyone.

Hillary Clinton’s Balancing Act

It's possible Clinton can lean right, and still win over the Bernie Sanders vote because she's preferable to Donald Trump, and also double down on progressive populism, and still pick off Republicans because she's preferable to Trump.
Bill Scher
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Burning Issues: Hidden Wealth and the Rigged Financial System

The Panama Papers help reveal the extent to which the global financial system is rigged to favor the wealthy and powerful, says Eryn Schornick, policy adviser at Global Witness, in this Burning Issues video.
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Wingnut Week In Review: Making Lemons Out Of ‘Lemonade’

Two groups of people lose their minds when Beyoncé drops an album: Queen Bey’s biggest fans, and wingnuts. This week Beyoncé served up her finest "Lemonade," and wingnuts managed to make lemons out of it.
Terrance Heath
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Food, LGBT Groups Ask Congress To Reject TPP

A coalition led by farm and rural groups sent a letter to Congress opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Meanwhile Pride At Work called out the dangers of TPP opening up Malaysia, a violator of basic human rights.

The Protest Generation Wants Its Education Back

Protests in North Carolina against HB2, the infamous “bathroom law” limiting protections for LGBT people, made national headlines. But there's another wave of protest actions in the Tarheel State you should know about.
Jeff Bryant
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Carly Fiorina: The Worst Possible VP Pick

She was a failure at business and a failure at politics. She never had the qualifications to be president. The fact that Ted Cruz would take Carly Fiorina seriously only shows how low the Republican Party has sunk.
Bill Scher
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CWA Asks For Justice At T-Mobile

The cellular company T-Mobile is accused of violating federal labor law by creating a system that represents workers to management in order to convince employees they do not need a union.

A Two-Pronged Assault on Women

We heard a lot about the “war on women” during the 2012 election cycle. The only change is that now we’re fighting on two fronts — reproductive rights and economic survival.
Martha Burk
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How Dennis Hastert Also Molested Our Democracy

The "Hastert rule" has been used to subvert the majority will of the people's representatives time and again – and that's just one of the ways a veteran House staffer says Dennis Hastert perverted the functioning of House.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Atlantic Primaries: Trump and Clinton Consolidate

With big wins Tuesday, Donald Trump is on the verge of locking up the GOP nomination. and Hillary Clinton consolidated her Democratic lead. Bernie Sanders, his supporters demanding nothing less, will carry the fight to the convention.
Robert Borosage
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GOP: It’s OK for Corporations to Kill Workers

Last week GOP House members conducted a hearing to further their case against saving the lives of workers exposed to silica dust. To appease big business, the GOP wants to reverse a new rule that will save lives by limiting silica exposure.
Leo Gerard
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Burning Issues: Reexamining Our Africa Policy

The next U.S. president needs to think of Africa as more than a source of minerals and fossil fuels, says Emira Woods of the Institute for Policy Studies in this Burning Issues video.
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