On January 11, the Trump administration issued this cruel announcement: If you can’t find a job, don’t count on being able to get health care. The administration will let states kick people off Medicaid for the crime of being unemployed.
President Trump ran on promises to "drain the swamp" of special interests and corporate lobbyists in Washington, DC, but higher education policy in his administration is a quagmire of Okefenokee proportions.
Our immigration system is broken. Until we have a new system, I have to speak up for all those who live in the shadows through no fault of their own. I will stand up and fight, because I believe in justice for all, and the American Dream.
What separates the awesomely affluent from the rest of us? Privilege, opportunity, luck, or all three? And what do they owe the rest of society? The incredibly lucrative career of retiring Google exec Eric Schmidt offers us some clues.
When the President candidly speaks the vitriolic thoughts that are in his head, the implications are moral, constitutional, and intensely practical. He is not just a defender or apologist for bigots and hatemongers, he is one of them.
I do wish more Norwegians would emigrate to America, because they could teach us a thing or two about how to run a decent society, the happiest and most prosperous in the world. How do they pay for all this happiness? With higher taxes.
This Monday, the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. How would Dr. King view today’s activists? Would he join them to demand a living wage, take a knee in the national anthem, and decry our nation's growing gap between rich and poor?
Stories about freezing classrooms in Baltimore and a teacher being handcuffed and arrested for asking a question to her school board in Louisiana reveal why the nation's school funding crisis is a race and gender justice issue.
January 2 was Fat Cat Tuesday, a feast of corporate revelry and gluttony. That's when the boards of directors of America’s biggest corporations handed their CEOs more money than they pay their workers for an entire year of labor.
New Yorkers face grave threats as Trump and GOP lawmakers punish states that don’t endorse their divisive agenda. But there is a way we can survive this current crisis, and emerge stronger, if we stand together as a state and as a country.
Americans love democracy, at least in principle. So how have Republicans been able to successfully engage in a decades-long assault on voting rights? It's time for the GOP to pay a political price for undermining democracy at home.
What qualifications are needed to manage and reform the Indian health system? Robert Weaver, Trump's nominee, comes from insurance, not medicine, and will be the least-educated director of the service ever.
Trump has helped rouse the resistance and inspire new movements. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” After one year of Trump, we can already see the first rays of light.
We who oppose tyranny in all its guises don’t yet have our own Thomas Paine, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, or Martin Luther King, Jr. - but we have their words.
DeVos calls loudly for K-12 "school choice" and neglects younger students' civil rights, but she has proven far more effective at gutting regulations that protect the rights of college students and college student loan borrowers.
The deeper forces of history are on the move, and we ignore them at our peril. Trump and his fellow Republicans are radically rewiring our political and economic order. This is a long game, and it can’t be won by playing defensively.
A new global CEO pay comparison, the most rigorous and comprehensive yet, demolishes the standard-issue corporate rationale for America’s over-the-top executive compensation.
2017 was a year of struggle, but also of a commitment to action by ordinary people that allows us to enter 2018 filled with “improbable hope.” We are the change we’ve been waiting for, and we can take the lead in remaking America.
The GOP really is the Grinch that stole Christmas. Republicans filched and handed it to the wealthiest one percent. But unlike the Dr. Seuss story, this Grinch isn’t going to find a heart and stop robbing middle-class workers and the poor.
Betsy Devos' Republican friends in Congress have put new provisions in their tax plan that open a back door to federally-supported school vouchers, which will give millions of dollars from public treasuries to private and religious schools.
When Democrats get confident, I get nervous. That’s true even when Republicans inflict disaster on the country – and potentially on themselves. The GOP's tax scam and growing inequality should prompt Dems to examine their own values first.
Republicans in Congress are rushing to enact billions of dollars in tax cuts, even though a majority of Americans oppose it. All across the country, angry people are protesting. Don’t expect them to quiet down anytime soon.
The issue of stagnant working-class wages, which outgoing EPI President Larry Mishel has worked so hard to make prominent, is being co-opted to sell GOP tax cuts that will primarily benefit the wealthy. Even so, he counts this as progress.
Students frequently suspended from school are at high risk of getting involved with the criminal justice system. The Obama administration set up new regulations to address the school-to-prison pipeline. Now Betsy DeVos is undermining them.
The GOP's House and Senate conferees, everyone imagined, would make a compromise on tax cuts that fell somewhere between their plans. They did no such thing. They simply found a way to give even more to America’s super-rich.
A controversial rewrite of the Higher Education Act turns back the clock to when predatory for-profit colleges and lenders could purchase government officials and political appointees, then cripple students with debt and worthless degrees.
Former NBA star Charles Barkley calls Doug Jones' Alabama Senate win "a wake-up call for Democrats to do better for black people and poor white people." If Democrats were to follow his frank advice, over their own, they might actually win.
Doug Jones's victory in Alabama belongs to the voters, who rose up from the grassroots in a new movement to restore voting rights and met the challenge of keeping a homophobe, racist and accused pedophile out of the U.S. Senate.
In his victory speech, Doug Jones recalled Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous words: “The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice.” And today in Alabama it did, thanks to the voters who came together to reject hate.
There’s a lot at stake in Alabama right now; every vote counts. That’s why we’ve been going door to door to let folks know they have the right to vote, and get them out to the polls. We're working together so people know We All Count.
Two political scientists lament in a recent op-ed in the New York Times, that "the Democratic Party Becoming Too Democratic?" Their cherry-picked election data and anecdotes paint a misleading portrait of what our country needs.
Despite freezing temperatures and snowfall, hundreds from across New England turned out in Kittery, Maine to demand that Senator Susan Collins finally listen to the will of the voters and reject the Republican tax overhaul.
The GOP's proposed rewrite of the Higher Education Act will compound the harm done by their tax plan. It further constricts learning opportunities for students, adds to the costs of education, and steers more money to for-profit businesses.
Congressional Democrats' resistance to the tax bill has been tepid, compared to their full-court press against repeal of the ACA. Have Democratic leaders been sending smoke signals to the donor class that they can have their tax cuts?
NAFTA places all of the jeopardy on the shoulders of workers and communities while substantially eliminating normal business risks for corporations. A new NAFTA must prioritize the needs of workers over the demands of corporations.
Right now, in the United States of America, we’ve got somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000 people sleeping on the streets every single night. We’ve got to allow our voices to rise; we’ve got to stand up!
Homelessness is on the rise, and the GOP's tax and budget plans will make the housing crisis worse. A People's Hearing on Housing with Congress members in Washington, DC highlighted these problems and solutions that match their scale.
New research from three top inequality analysts shows government policies since 1980 have systematically failed America’s poor. The GOP tax plan re-engineers government to fail America’s middle class, too.
Grassroots leaders from across the country are in Washington to tell Congress about the struggle they face to afford housing. They are joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Reps. Emanuel Cleaver and Jan Schakowsky at a live hearing.
Republican Sen. Charles Grassley scorns working-class families for "spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies." So why can't we all just be rich, like him? To Grassley, it all comes down to philosophy.
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