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.
In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, authorities and the NRA have put on a master class in how to bamboozle the media and whitewash unpleasant truths about guns and gambling. It's time to speak truth to power in this country.
We are about to embark on a nationwide debate over taxes. Newspapers want to call this a debate over “tax reform.” It is not: Progressives want tax “fairness,” not “reform.” The first word sets us up for victory, and the latter for defeat.
As white supremacists and neo-Nazis try to infest our communities with hate, it is important to contest their revisionist history. We should take down their symbols, but also examine the untruths taught in our schools about the Civil War.
Donald Trump connects with a certain group of voters not through the policies he espouses, but by the language he uses to say "I'm on your side." He is the living, breathing caricature of that group.
The murderer in Orlando used an AR-15 assault weapon. The story is so awfully familiar. What is an assault weapon, what makes them so dangerous, and why can't we get rid of them?
If we allow Donald Trump to radically alter our national culture, to make the unacceptable acceptable, it will be nearly impossible to change it back. Crudeness and bigotry will become mainstream—the new normal.
The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of a Texas anti-abortion law (HB 2). This case is the result of a constitutional crisis, and the court's ruling will determine whether or not that crisis is resolved.
We all know that some guns should be banned or severely restricted. What about assault weapons like the AR-15 used to murder 14 in San Bernardino, Calif.? There is more reason to ban this weapon than almost any other.
The Education department, in a dramatic policy shift, admitted it has encouraged an overreliance on standardized testing in schools. But aside from the astonishing new rhetoric, what will the department actually do?
Americans favor—and have always favored—strong legislation to oversee and restrict gun ownership. So why are politicians afraid of promoting gun laws and what can we, as a practical matter, do about it?
Conservatives hoped and expected Pope Francis would praise their hard-line opposition to abortion, contraception and LGBT rights. But they could not have been more disappointed in what he actually said.
The media have been reporting a sharp increase in murders across America's cities. Is the story entirely accurate? And where violent crime problems exist, what's the cause and what can be done?
In the near future we can expect a flood of stories about "scores" on the Common Core tests. But these will be wildly misleading because the numbers that will be released are not actually test "scores."
Progressive lawmakers are leading cutting-edge policy debates and enacting a series of innovations, protections and reforms. Here are some of the top progressive legislative accomplishments of 2015.
On the surface Americans still favor the death penalty by a margin of two to one. And yet, progressives should now feel comfortable on this issue, especially in a primary election.
The horrific massacre at the Emanuel AME Church signals that It's long past time to take down the Confederate flag. If the Charleston murderer understands that that flag represents his racist cause, why doesn’t everyone?
The testing/data mania in education is not only failing to measure how well schools are serving their students, it is acting as a smokescreen that covers up the real problems in public education.
“Progressive” is our nation’s most popular political term, but most voters don’t really know what it means. We can help Americans understand and appreciate the progressive philosophy as we work to pull Hillary Clinton in that direction.
Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law the so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” Now Pence is complaining that the law isn't much different from 20 others. But, unfortunately, it is.
Last week, the General Social Survey reported that gun ownership has declined to a record low. So why does it seem like the gun lobby is strengthening while their numbers are weakening?
To say the words “free markets” is to perpetuate a dangerous right-wing myth. There's no such thing. So promote “fair markets,” not free markets. We must reinforce the progressive concept, not the conservative one.
Voters are less familiar with—or think less about—the many government programs that the rich and powerful use to warp markets in their favor. Let us count the ways.
In state legislatures, 2015 is the right wing's best chance to enact the most extreme legislation. The right has made clear three overarching goals: weaken labor unions, suppress voting, and satisfy their religious extremists.
Knowing the science behind political stubbornness, here's what's going on inside the minds of persuadable voters and five rules for dealing with confirmation bias and negative triggers.
When deciding whether to agree with you, people rely on emotion and ingrained beliefs far more than facts. Let us explore why people’s brains work this way and use the information to restructure our arguments to make them more effective.
For years, conservatives used “wedge issues” to split moderates from progressives. It's time to promote some progressive wedge issues and our best opportunities for both publicity and passage are in states, cities and counties.
Due to the ghastly 2014 elections, the GOP controls more state legislative bodies than at any time since the 1920s. The best defense is a good offense; progressives need to go on the offensive with smart, populist legislation.
Democrats suffered a shellacking in part because voters didn’t know who to blame for the dysfunctional do-nothing 113th Congress. Progressives now have the opportunity and duty to make clear who’s at fault.
While legislative efforts to advance economic and social justice were thoroughly frustrated in Congress, there were true progressive victories in states and localities across America. Here are the Top 10 for 2014.
Over the next two years, Washington will be a horror show. But that doesn’t mean we can’t win progressive victories in 2015. We can dramatically change policy by focusing on cities and states.