Many say we should "run government like a business" and "save money" by "cutting spending" and "making government smaller." Does this work? Do we really save money?
As Bernie Sanders rises in the polls and does better than expected, the alarms about his electability in the general election grow in volume and intensity. But Insurgent candidates don’t always lose.
New Hampshire voters turned out in large numbers and sent a message to both parties: it is time for change. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won; the establishment candidates lost. The message could not have been clearer.
A court ruling concerning North Carolina's congressional districts is a striking echo of the rising call for political reforms from presidential candidates and popular movements across the country.
Getting the names and faces of hedge fund billionaires before the public can help us tell a vivid story of what’s gone wrong with our economy and our politics — and help us build a movement to slice away at that billionaire power.
"If we don't adapt to the reality of a changing climate there could be serious repercussions ... I think the climate is changing. It is inconceivable to me that 5 billion people living on this planet don't have an impact on that."
As America’s tool makers and freight car builders are furloughed, their factories shuttered and offshored, America is wasting. Ill-conceived free trade deals, like the proposed TPP, are reducing it to a nation of stooped shoulders.
Her most declarative statement to date on the issue of where she would stand on various proposals to "reform" Social Security and ensure its long-term solvency comes in the context of a disconcerting history.
Instead of “Yes we can,” many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: “We shouldn’t even try.” I understand their defeatism. But here’s the problem. There’s no way to reform the system without rocking the boat.
The Flint lead disaster exposed the callousness of people like Michigan’s governor, who blame the poor for all of their misfortune.
People are questioning Hillary Clinton over millions in speaking fees and contributions from Wall Street. There are specific steps she can take now, and pledges she can make about what she will do if elected. Will she?
Here are 10 facts about the 1 percent – but they’re not just statistics. They’re a paint-by-numbers picture of an economy, and a democracy, in urgent need of change. (With video.)
Meet Ted Cruz, the Republican winner of the Iowa caucuses. He’s a liar, a jerk, and nobody who knows him remotely well — including his fellow Republicans and, quite possibly, his own family — appears to like him much.
The continuing trade deficit means that jobs, wealth and the economic ecosystems that enable a country to thrive (or at least make a living) are disappearing.
The biggest mistake policymakers in Washington – from the White House to the Congress to the Federal Reserve – could make right now is to assume that what we're seeing right now resembles actual "full employment."
In the face-off between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton last night, the clear winner was populism. It was remarkable to watch both contenders arguing about who is the most progressive candidate.
Conventional wisdom said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wouldn’t even get close to becoming president. This week Cruz won the Iowa Caucuses, and got a little closer to the White House. Here’s why that should scare you.
The current narrative about our public education policy – at least the one we’ve been hearing for the past 20 years – no longer works. Fortunately, a new narrative is emerging from outside the usual sources.
If you think privatization of government services "saves money," you are mistaken. It is penny-wise and pound foolish, costing some of us everything and all of us dearly.
There was one time when Rubio tried very hard to accomplishment something, even asserting a leadership role: immigration reform. Not only did he fail to accomplish enactment of the bill, his leadership was a colossal disaster.
Bernie Sanders strongly voiced his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday and committed to doing what he can to kill the deal if he is elected president. Will Hillary Clinton commit to doing the same?
A panel that included Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Phil Angelides, the chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, concluded that we need to do much more to make another financial crash less likely.
For most pundits, the most striking thing about the Iowa Caucus was the virtual tie between the two Democratic candidates. Another interesting trend that emerged that night. Bernie Sanders got 85% of the votes of caucus-goers under 30.
Perhaps we can now spend less time on Donald Trump's demagogic proposals for building a wall and banning all Muslims from entering the country, and spend more time on what the rest of the field is proposing.
As trade representatives officially sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership in New Zealand, significant opposition is rising.
We have proposed a bold but simple solution to the student debt problem - to eliminate it altogether by declaring a “Student Debt Jubilee.” The concept is not new. It is part of our Judeo-Christian heritage.
The Heritage Foundation has released its annual “Index of Economic Freedom.” As we enter an election influenced by anger at an economy rigged in favor of the wealthy, it’s time to ask: What is “economic freedom," and who is it for?
There are some surprises, some confirmations and some warnings in a caucus in which overall turnout, first-time turnout and younger voter turnout were all down for Democrats from 2012.
Sanders, who daily attacks the "billionaire class," is proposing Social Security changes that benefit the rich at the expense of the rest of us? Sound preposterous? That is because it is. Let's examine the facts.
It will be incumbent upon Clinton and Sanders to emphasize civil disagreement, but even that may not be enough to prevent lost voters in November. Which only matters if the general election is really close. Which it might.
Working America found among white blue-collar workers huge support for Donald Trump, who like a preacher of prejudice validates cursing the nation’s marginalized and accusing them of emptying workers’ bank accounts.
The Iowa caucuses traditionally winnow the field. They give a hint about who is real and who isn't, and usually add their own nutty spice to the dish. Here's a brief rundown of last night's results.
The Department of Justice has yet to hold a single senior Wall Street executive accountable for wrongdoing during the financial crisis. But there is still time to prosecute crimes that led to the 2008 financial crisis.
Johnson Controls wants to dodge U.S. taxes through a corporate inversion. What would have been the reaction if Congress knew this was coming in 2008 when the company was supporting a taxpayer bailout of the auto industry?
Seeing workers in call centers, smelters at Alcoa, skilled trades workers at John Deere, or servers at the sandwich shops, the support is contagious and nearly universal.
The results of the Iowa caucuses won't be known until late Monday, but we already know the big winner: Senator Bernie Sanders. The "fringe" candidate has shown he is for real. He leaves Iowa with momentum.
George McGovern was the Democratic nominee against incumbent Richard Nixon in the 1972 election. He lost in a landslide. Were the right lessons learned from that campaign?
This week two major right-wing crusades that started out with pretty big bangs -- the Oregon Standoff and the Planned Parenthood sting -- ended with disappointing (for wingnuts) whimpers.
A vote for Trump is to confirm the liberal stereotype of conservatives as racists. To have the last laugh, you can't prove us liberals correct. You need to prove us wrong.
The latest wave of people being cut from the federal food assistance program is the latest chapter in a misguided ideological campaign to "end welfare as we know it."