How Dennis Hastert Also Molested Our Democracy

The "Hastert rule" has been used to subvert the majority will of the people's representatives time and again – and that's just one of the ways a veteran House staffer says Dennis Hastert perverted the functioning of House.
Isaiah J. Poole
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An Economy Like It’s 1999

Remembering the artist Prince and one of his greatest hits, "1999," got us thinking: 1999 was actually a pretty good year for the U.S. economy. Is it too much to ask that we emulate what we got right back then?
Isaiah J. Poole
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Elizabeth Warren Takes On TurboTax (And Its Fellow Scavengers)

The Massachusetts senator takes on tax preparation services that make a lot of money off of complicated tax forms and don't want the Internal Revenue Service to implement a law that would make tax filing simpler.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Fight for $15 Movement Confronts The Presidential Candidates

In New York, before the Democratic candidates get to their debate and the Republican candidates get to a major fundraiser, they have to get past the nationwide demonstrations of the Fight for $15 movement.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Maybe Ivanka Trump Will Help Us Fight Real Voter Suppression

The daughter of Donald Trump complained of New York's "onerous rules" that will keep her from voting in the Republican primary. But New York isn't even on the list of states that have recently added onerous voting restrictions.
Isaiah J. Poole
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On Equal Pay Day, We Could Use Some Sunshine

The Paycheck Fairness Act would bring wage inequities out of the shadows into the light of day, and empower its victims and the federal government to hold employers accountable.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Five (of Many) Ways This GOP Budget Would Do Real Harm

The House Republican budget closely mirrors what would face the country if a Republican wins the White House. In a video, Jasmine Tucker of the National Priorities Project discusses what the impact of the budget would be.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Stoke Job Growth Or Choke It? The GOP Makes The Wrong Choice Again

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Economic Justice We Should Be Voting For

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?
Isaiah J. Poole
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Pushback Against DNC Chair’s Shilling For Payday Lenders

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?
Isaiah J. Poole
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Whistleblowers Challenge Candidates: Stand Against Wall Street Fraud

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Black-White Jobs Gap Is Especially Wide In Red States

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?
Isaiah J. Poole
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Why Hillary Clinton’s Five Words On Social Security Matter

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Conservatives Turning Their Backs On The Poor

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."
Isaiah J. Poole
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