The People's Budget formally released this week by the Congressional Progressive Caucus is not a symbolic exercise. It is central to a debate that the country must have to challenge economic thinking in both political parties.
Competing budgets offer a sharp contrast between the progressive vision of a government working to strengthen working families and a conservative vision of government that all but abandons struggling people.
As primaries are held in cities that have some of the worst racial disparities in the country, is the key issue that Bernie Sanders is promising more than he can deliver, or is it that we as voters are not demanding enough?
The Congressional Caucus' budget proposal for fiscal 2017 includes a set of climate-change-related proposals that one environmental organization says makes it "the greenest option in Washington."
In this video interview, the syndicated columnist explains how Donald Trump rose from the ashes of failed conservative ideology, a theme he explores in his latest book.
The People's Budget includes a bold, $1 trillion plan over 10 years to invest in the nation's infrastructure. Here's why this part of the budget needs to be pushed into the center of the presidential campaign.
The New York Times on Monday is the latest publication to find that New York City, under its unapologetically progressive mayor, "has rarely been in better financial shape."
The Congressional Progressive Caucus People's Budget for fiscal 2017 includes a $1 trillion infrastructure investment program, an aggressive transition to a green energy future, and big moves to create millions of high-paying jobs.
Fewer of us are ready for retirement, and it's even worse for African Americans, Hispanics and lower-income people. That's all the more reason we need to strengthen Social Security, according to an Economic Policy Institute report.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz's advocacy for payday lenders forces a defining question for fellow Democrats: Are you with the financial superpredators that besiege poor communities or with people trying to bring them to heel?
A wonkish debate over Bernie Sanders' ambitious economic proposals has real kitchen-table ramifications, which will determine whether we are able to implement bold proposals to address the struggles of working families.
A new organization, Bank Whistleblowers United, calls on candidates to not take contributions from financial companies that have engaged in fraud and to commit to a set of actions that will "restore the rule of law" on Wall Street.
Black unemployment continues to be a crisis that does not get the attention that it deserves. The candidate who best addresses this crisis would be the person most deserving to win the African-American vote.
Neither Marco Rubio nor any of the other Republican presidential candidates who support policies like a balanced budget amendment have a firm grasp of Economics 101.
On its seventh anniversary, imagine the apocalyptic economic and political landscape that we would see without the Recovery Act to ignite a virtuous cycle of government investment that put people to work.
A look at state unemployment statistics raises a question: Why is it that states that are under total Republican control have generally not shown any significant progress in narrowing the racial unemployment gap?
During a webinar by the Public Leadership Institute, Robert Borosage talks about Bernie Sanders' victory in the New Hampshire primary and the political road ahead for the progressive movement in 2016.
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.
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."
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."
Tuesday's CNN town hall debate missed an opportunity to clarify where Clinton stands on expanding Social Security. Now a petition drive seeks to build political momentum for legislation to improve Social Security benefits.
In the interview Sanders fields questions about the Black Lives Matters protests at his early campaign events and the fact that some blacks feel taken for granted by the Democratic party.
Monday's CNN town hall forum brought into sharper relief the fundamental question that Democratic primary voters face: Do we need a technician to repair our politics or a remodeler who can reimagine and rebuild?
We matched our Platform for People and the Planet that the Campaign for America's Future helped release last year and a transcript of the GOP debate. Here's what we found.
Steve Phillips challenges Democrats and progressives to stop seeing people of color as "nuisances who need to be silenced for fear of alienating White swing voters" and instead as essential to the progressive coalition.
"It's going to be a campaign issue," says an activist and homeowner who is among those who will be hurt by a Koch brothers-backed push to make home solar power adoption prohibitively expensive.
"This vote was not only decisive, but participation was broad-based, with more ballots cast than any other endorsement vote in MoveOn's history," says MoveOn's executive director.
In a poll of people between the ages of 18-29, more identified as conservative on economic policy issues than liberal. But in several areas, majorities sided more with progressives.
When you hear the rhetoric from the Jack Kemp Foundation's "Expanding Opportunity" forum Saturday, it pays to watch what conservatives have done to low-income people, not what they say.
Government spending is not out of control. It's the negative effects of not spending what we should that are threatening to spiral out of control. For conservatives, there is evil genius in all this.
Thanks to the organizing efforts of Good Jobs Nation and other allies, Senate officials signed a new contract with the workers that brings their average pay closer to a living wage.
Whether you are skeptical of the Paris agreement or see them as a groundbreaking accomplishment for the planet, you should see them as an opportunity for us as citizens to keep our leaders accountable.
A new report presents a challenge to make better use of government procurement to boost U.S. manufacturing and to create good jobs. Economist Robert Pollin explains in this video.
In a New York Times op-ed, Hillary Clinton points in the right direction and says much that needs to be said. Still, the progressives she is clearly trying to win over still need to press for bolder reforms.
President Obama's signature on a $305 billion surface transportation bill should not take this issue – and the broader infrastructure needs we have beyond transportation – off the 2016 election agenda.
The latest Institute for Policy Studies report on the Forbes 400 and the rest of us underscores why we urgently need "policies that directly address the top-heavy distribution of wealth."
A Thanksgiving weekend story is framed as a story of "how the federal government has become the biggest, nicest and meanest student lender in the world." It actually makes the case for debt-free college and debt forgiveness.
The six-year surface transportation bill Congress is now hammering out contains both inadequate funding and bad policy. But there is an opportunity to boost a popular program that was a key tool in the 2009 stimulus.
A Pew Research Center survey released Monday is not surprising to those who have followed our Populist Majority polling monitoring project. It shows support for a progressive government, but distrust that it can work.
One of the remarkably few efforts to examine how welfare recipients actually fare once they get back into the workforce uncovers the inconvenient truth behind right-wing rhetoric about aid to low-income people.