To preserve a vital American manufacturing capability -- aluminum smelting -- against predatory conduct by a foreign power, the administration must speak loudly and carry a big aluminum bat.
Donald Trump is not only morally an illegitimate President, but actually an illegitimate President who would not have won, but for (1) voter suppression, (2) Comey’s letter, and (3) Russian intervention aimed at helping Trump.
It’s disappointing when Democrats offer implausible excuses for their votes, as Sen. Cory Booker and twelve other senators did. It’s downright outrageous when those same Democrats claim their votes were driven by drug safety concerns.
The leader of the British Labour Party has just outlined an ambitious set of proposals for shearing the incomes of the ultra rich down to more democratic proportions.
Trumpublicans are intent on manipulating the shock of Donald Trump's victory to roll back much of the New Deal and Great Society. It’s incumbent upon everyone who cares about democracy and the common good to fight back.
Trump's nominating Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education risks “reigniting the education wars,” says teachers union leader Randi Weingarten. Indeed, Democrats in Congress are showing an uncharacteristically unified front in opposing her
The Republicans are in a jam. But there is a way out. It requires Republicans to prioritize maintaining political power over sticking with ideological principles. That should not be a problem.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Wednesday made sure that the Senate and the country was not distracted by the makeover that the attorney general nominee presented to the country this week.
hat outrages people in Washington doesn't seem to offend voters in West Virginia or boost Democratic turnout in Milwaukee. But everyone understands greed, and graft, and selfishness.
On The Rick Smith Show, I discussed how low TV ratings would rattle Trump, as well as other issues looming large for the incoming administration. Check out the podcast.
People's Action urges people to call their congressperson at (202) 224-3121 to tell them to protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). But that's just a start.
A mass refusal by the public to watch Donald Trump on TV will deprive him of big ratings, which he routinely uses to create a false impression of widespread popularity.
Forget “extreme vetting.” These nominees won’t even face ordinary vetting. Instead, Mitch McConnell is greasing the skids for some highly questionable appointees.
In a "big win" for working people, the management of the United States Postal Service is dropping a privatization pilot program that involved allowing Staples stores to act as Post Offices.
With eleven days until Donald Trump is inaugurated as President, at least half of the country is in disoriented shock. And while in many respects what is happening is unprecedented, in other respects, we've been here before.
Decades of selling off our manufacturing ecosystem, laying off millions and keeping wages stagnant for the rest brought us Trump's finger on the nuclear button.
From a political standpoint, the education reform agenda has been bipartisan because it had to be. Republicans needed Democrats in their inside game to help push ideas for privatization through government channels. Now, that's changed.
Ninety-four percent of us pay into Social Security from every paycheck we receive. A few of us stop paying into Social Security in the first few working hours of the year.
With a new Congress and White House committed to wealth’s concentration, we’ll sorely miss the scholar who dedicated his life to documenting wealth’s maldistribution.
Donald Trump and the Republicans own the government, and so, they own Obamacare. That's what Barack Obama intended and that's why Obamacare will never be truly repealed.
Just ten multinational conglomerates control almost all of the food and beverage "brands" we all recognize. These ten companies "collectively generate revenues of more than $1.1bn a day."
She is also the kind of progressive champion we need in the Congress in this challenging time. Her victory is a reminder that the majority of Americans didn't vote for Trump or sanction his bigotry.
The naked power grab by Republicans in North Carolina has shocked the nation. But few people understand that a struggle over public education is at the center of the fight against an authoritarian government in the era of Donald Trump
Lightizer's nomination signals that Trump is likely to oppose the "free trade" ideology and policy of the last several decades, as wel as much of the Republican coalition.
To get an idea of what kind of education policies to expect under Trump, look at Wall St, where the stock price of K12 Inc., the country’s largest operator of online charters, has reached an all time high
There’s a battle brewing between the President-elect and the Speaker of the House. Donald Trump promised the working class who elected him that he’d support Buy American provisions to create jobs. The Speaker backs anti-American imports.
No president has packed his cabinet with more bigwigs than president-elect Donald Trump. Do the corporate chiefs now parading into the new Trump administration see the United States as just another enterprise — to fleece?
Remember how the "news" media was going on and on about the Clinton Foundation -- at least when they weren't going on and on abut Hillary Clinton's emails, or airing entire Trump rallies for free?
Now we have the hard numbers to do a thorough assessment of what really happened in our nation's 58th presidential election. One thing is certain. The votes are out there. Democrats have four years to go get them.
Democratic operatives got the story wrong ... Fortunately, the rest of the country isn’t waiting for someone else to figure it out. A national movement of resistance – and affirmation – is already underway.
Trump’s selection of DeVos for Education Secretary isn't the only clue that his education policy may be veering to the religious right. A connection to a small Christian college reveals even more about where he's taking the nation's schools
Coal miners, their communities and Faith groups are calling on President-presumed-Elect Donald Trump to honor his campaign promise to help coal workers.
The coalition warns "Trump’s policies present a dire threat to the lives and well-being of workers and contractors across the tech sector ... be they immigrants, women, workers or Muslim Americans."
Keith Ellison is the perfect messenger and chief organizer for these times. Tom Perez was a great Labor Secretary but he represents continuity for the same White House operatives that have run the Democratic Party for the last eight years.
At this point Trump's staffing process has pretty much turned into an extended exercise in trolling, a test to see how much humiliation Americans will endure. It's also kleptocratic grift, of course.
Years ago, I reported on how the Bush administration followed the counsel of a January 2001 Heritage Foundation memo, "Taking Charge of Federal Personnel." Now the Trump administration is dusting it off.
Radical changes coming, the will of We the People notwithstanding. We need to organize, protest, resist and most of all apply pressure to politicians. We can't let them get away with this.
With the nomination of Exxon-Mobil's CEO and an Energy Transfer Partners board member to Cabinet posts, Donald Trump has added to the swamp he pledged to clean two corporate alligators who will put the planet in peril.
President-elect Trump promised, “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” Working people across America who heard that and his jobs and trade promises believed him. Those hopes must not become false hopes.
What does it tell us when leading Democrats are more agitated about unproven allegations of Russian election-rigging than they are about proven allegations of Republican election-rigging?
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