Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been dismantling policies that protect students' civil rights, yet accuses anyone who points this out of being "hurtful," and blocks them from having their voices heard. She threatens our democracy.
Candidate Trump boasted he would double what Clinton said she’d spend on infrastructure. But the scheme he released this week fails to do that. Instead it robs vital safety-net programs to pay for a pittance of improvements. It's a con.
If peace diplomacy were an Olympic sport, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, won the Gold Medal hands down, while Vice President Mike Pence crashed and burned. That's a good thing for the possibility of world peace.
The fatal shootings at a Florida high school result from our elected officials' self-serving refusal to control weapons designed for mass killing. Once again, we have failed our sacred promise to protect all children's future.
School “reformers” have argued to lengthen the school year. Yet, there’s little valid data because so few public schools do it. New statistics from Washington, D.C. show that such schools lost a substantial number of black families.
Living paycheck to paycheck can strain even the most loving of relationships. But as former billionaire Tim Blixseth learned the hard way, spectacularly large paychecks can doom loving relationships right from the start.
Here's what voters need to know. If Republicans prevail – with or without Trump – the country will face $50 road tolls, a plundering of common wealth, and more deaths of poor and working people. That's what we need to focus on and stop.
The two-year bipartisan budget pact contains substantial wins, but comes at a high price for Democrats and DREAMers and hangs by the thread of a promised return to civility which, by current measures, strains the imagination beyond belief.
Beneath the recent stock-market gyrations, the mechanics that shackle average workers' wages have been exposed - not in the White House or Congress, but in the supposedly apolitical operations of the Federal Reserve.
Education holds the key to a brighter future for us all. In San Francisco, we made College For All a reality, and now we want to make it real for everyone in our state. How do we get there? One heart, one mind, and one signature at a time.
While some things have improved markedly for black Americans since 1968, today we are still fighting many of the same battles as Dr. King did in his day. Progress has been made. Just not as much as many of us would like.
The White House may have shut its "Election Integrity" panel, that doesn't mean voter suppression is going away. There are big questions about how government will use the voter data they collected, and early reports are troubling.
Transportation officials are raising tolls astronomically to change commuter behavior and "share" the costs of infrastructure. Changing our nation's top-heavy distribution of income and wealth would help a good bit more.
Puerto Rico is privatizing schools wholesale in the wake of Hurricane Maria, just as New Orleans did after Hurricane Katrina. This compounds the damage done by the storm, and is part of a pattern of disaster capitalism that hurts children.
With reports that Trump's first year ended in record trade deficits, factory workers are still watching and waiting for him to keep his promises of fast trade enforcement, even as mills close and unemployment benefits expire.
2018 offers Democrats the tantalizing promise of a wave election, in which they can take back Congress and revive their party's fortunes. But are Dems up to the task of articulating clearly what the country truly needs?
A nationwide movement is underfoot as educators wear Black Lives Matter shirts to school this week and teach lessons about structural racism, intersectional black identities, black history, and anti-racist movements.
Failure to enforce international trade law and a corporate tax break that some are using to pay for plant closures are significant factors in the loss of thousands of paper mill jobs in Wisconsin, including two announced last week.
The Koch brothers' dark-money network says public schools are the "lowest hanging fruit" in their campaign to dismantle government institutions. It's time for Democrats to step up and defend public education from this coming assault.
Donald Trump drenched his audience in calls to unity, then purposefully preyed on our fears, plying the race-bait politics he and his party have perfected. This is his trademark: a combination of patriotic banality with toxic cunning.
There’s a new wave of defiance growing, and that defiance is female, is young and old, and is every color of the rainbow. The state of OUR union is ready to lift up truth, to raise our voices collectively and move mountains. We are ready.
Five hundred women gather in Washington for tonight's State of Our Union, an alternative vision for our nation in which gender and economic justice can overcome the forces that seek to divide us along fault lines of race and class.
Did the Pentagon just officially declare a new Cold War with both China and Russia and commit to wage endless wars around the globe? Apparently, yes. The new National Defense Strategy pushes for a massive and costly military buildup.
Oxfam's eye-popping report on the growing gap between the world's richest and poorest offers not just laments, but some attainable strategies that can make societies fairer for all, if our leaders would only follow their advice.
American manufacturers and workers aren't looking for protectionism. They don't need it. They can compete with any manufacturer in the world that abides by international trade law. They are seeking prosecution of trade law violators.
Defense Secretary Mattis is not a “Mad Dog.” He's a rational and articulate spokesperson for the national security ideology that has dominated American political life since the end of World War II. That’s disturbing in a very different way.
A massive charter school closure in Ohio leaves thousands of students in the lurch, and the state with the bill. This failure prompts questions about accountability in this business model, but how many school-choice zealots will ask them?
The GOP’s shameful treatment of DREAMers isn’t accidental or random. It exemplifies the repugnant preying on racial fears that is a core strategy of Donald Trump’s Republican Party. We must build a broad majority that rejects this.
My name is America, and I am a DREAMer. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer need to step up and show me, my sisters and everyone who votes that their pledge to do the right thing for immigrants is real, or just a big, empty "What If."
A new report concludes 600,000 American children have died for no reason. An entire city of children has been lost. This is the real “death tax”: It’s a tax on poverty, race, and powerlessness. It’s paid with the lives of our innocents.
Today is the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the ruling that legalized abortion. The media may focus on anti-abortion demonstrations, but the real story is the newly proactive abortion rights movement rising in states across this country.
Sure, some CEOs are giving out one-time bonuses to workers and saying it’s because of the Republican tax cut. What they aren’t doing is putting that $4,000 to $9,000 a year in workers’ paychecks that the administration falsely promised.
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.
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