Is 5.1 percent unemployment about as good as it will ever get? Two researchers at the Atlanta Fed propose another measure of the job market that suggests we still have a ways to go.
The Federal Reserve took off the table the immediate fear that a rate hike would set in motion a slowing down of economic growth. But there's a longer-term issue of reclaiming the definition of "full employment"
The progressive presidential candidate went to a pillar of the religious right – Liberty University – and highlighted the immorality of income inequality and the rigged economy that produced it.
Of all of the presidential candidates, none are in a better position to understand the role for-profit colleges play in driving student debt upward than Donald Trump.
The tax plan the Republican candidate has released this week shows he is as wedded to failed conservative economic orthodoxy as his relatives and the rest of the Republican political leadership.
A petition launched today says that if the online retailer "is really trying to be 'mindful, transparent, and humane,' it must pay its fair share of taxes at home."
Talk radio host Rick Smith took a "People's Tour" of the South this summer to revisit some of the sites where the fights for racial equality and economic justice intersected.
Attacks from the right on the ability of workers to organize are a fundamental factor in the national debate we should be having over income inequality and how to address it.
Worker productivity in the second quarter of 2015 was better than expected, according to data released today, but a report underscores how little of the gains are shared by productive workers.
Business lobbying organizations like the National Retail Federation had been lobbying fiercely to get the Department of Labor to extend the comment period beyond Friday. They failed.
Weeks after a top White House official said no "serious economist" would consider 4 percent annual growth "within the realm of possibility," we almost reached that during one quarter. What do we say now?
Etsy is certified as a socially responsible retailer and markets itself that way, but that is belied by its use of an Irish subsidiary through which it can avoid paying taxes on its profits.
The Congressional Budget Office said that by ending the sequester federal spending caps, the economy would be able to add as many as 1.4 million additional jobs in 2016 and 2017. We need those jobs.
We are continuing to reap the consequences of the conservative obstruction in Congress that has blocked the critical policies we need for real job growth and robust recovery.
The people who will stand on the Republican presidential nomination debate stage in Ohio are among those who are leading the wrecking crew trying to demolish a signature civil rights achievement.
"If you have political connections, now is the time to use them," says Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund, as he talks about how to push back against a multimillion-dollar effort to block the Iran agreement.
A new generation of activists have sharpened the view of the threshold candidates must cross to earn the vote of African Americans, and once again Republican candidates are showing themselves incapable of rising to the challenge.
"The proposal appears to fail two principles of corporate tax reform," says a letter authored by Americans for Tax Fairness: It would not increase revenue and it would encourage more shifting of jobs and profits offshore.
This time short-term congressional paralysis offers the chance to prevent a long-term disaster. Progressives gets three months to break the momentum of a corporate tax giveaway and get a better transportation bill.
When did it become OK to use savings from the Social Security trust fund – which people have paid into with their payroll taxes – to pay for transportation projects? To avoid the ire of Grover Norquist.
Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer has proposed a way for workers in the "gig economy" to have such benefits as a living wage, health insurance, paid vacations and sick leave, and retirement savings.
Unless progressives amp up the pressure over the next few weeks, we're highly likely to end up with a bill that not only doesn't meet all of our needs but covers its cost in horrendous ways.
The deal that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has reached with European Union leaders seems less a bailout of Greece's economy and more of a prelude to an overthrow of the leftist Syrzia majority running the country.
Democrats should be championing tax reforms that call on multinational corporations to pay more, not less, of their profits toward the infrastructure and services that support their profit-making.
If the goal was to determine if voters back "the White House plan" for highway funding through corporate tax relief, the pollsters didn't ask the right question. Here's what they should have asked.
A petition launched today calls on President Obama and Congress to urge the European Central Bank to support the Greek banking system while negotiations continue toward "a fair agreement" for the Greek people.
If there ever were an impossible dream, marriage equality was it just a few short years ago. While this ruling does not put to rest the struggle for LGBT equality, it does teach us the value of a persistent pursuit of justice.
When CNBC released the results of its latest ratings of "top states for business," the winner wasn't one of the states where conservatives have cut government spending, lowered taxes on the wealthy and weakened unions.
It is indeed noteworthy that a bipartisan, six-year surface transportation bill is on its way to the full Senate. But the bill is being sent to the Senate with no guidance on how to pay for it.
"This is a day of celebration in the corporate suites," said Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown after the vote – and a day to resolve to replace Wall Street-beholden members of Congress with true representatives of the people's interests.
The impetus has been to deny or evade the connection between the Charleston, S.C. church shooting and America's continuing legacy of racism and violence. And that isn't just occurring among those on the right.
According to an Americans for Tax Fairness report, the company has at least $76 billion in profits in locations around the world where it has no stores. The only plausible reason is to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
Federal investment to rebuild America needs a champion. President Obama could give running room to the members of Congress and progressive activists with bold plans for the nation's infrastructure.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected on Wednesday to announce the latest verdict on if, and perhaps when, interest rates will begin to rise. The answer should be: when workers' wages rise.
Few believed that the anti-fast-track coalition had much of a chance against the big moneyed interests lined up on the other side. We showed the power of people when they make their voice heard.
Fairness in school funding is "the sleeper civil rights issue of our time." But it's clear from a new report by the Education Law Center that this issue comes with a loud alarm.
What's the lesson that we need to learn from the Greek debt crisis? Unless you want U.S. streets overrun with motorcycles, we need to invest in our economy and oppose right-wing austerity policies here in America.
A Congress gridlocked by conservative ideologues hit the equivalent of the snooze button on a surface transportation bill that would provide federal funding for the nation's bridges, roads and public transportation.
On economic issues, the gap between conservatives and liberals is lower today than at any point since 1999, Gallup finds. More striking is the change in ideological identification on social issues.
An Inspector General's report outlines how post officies could provide essential services to some 68 million Americans who don't have a bank account or depend on check-cashing and payday lending outfits.