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.
An adverse ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association "would undermine one of the most successful vehicles" for providing equal opportunity for American workers, rights organizations tell the Supreme Court.
Studies like the one done by two Princeton University professors on increasing mortality rates among whites are precisely why progressives need to unapologetically press the case for bold economic reforms.
Winning the Senate will take offering voters a progressive reform agenda, which Democracy Corps lays out in a strategy memo and Greenberg details in his latest book, "America Ascendant."
Where she stands on a bill that would give seniors the same raise that top CEOs have received would say a lot about where she stands on the larger question of expanding instead of cutting Social Security.
Lurking behind these numbers is the real danger that the Federal Reserve will join congressional Republicans in putting brakes on economic growth just as its benefits are beginning to reach the left behind.
The effort is now on to defeat this treaty in Congress, with labor, consumer, environmental and health care organizations united in their opposition based on the text released Thursday.
If worker advocates succeed in getting a county ordinance passed, Chicago businesses with low-paid workers would have to start shouldering the cost of the social services their employees are forced to rely on.
On Wednesday, Senate staffers made a point of showing that they understand what low-wage cafeteria workers are struggling with. A petition drive is ongoing to call for their right to collective bargaining.
"This would be good chance tonight to remind insider Washington, you are wrong," the Massachusetts senator said in her acceptance speech at CAF's Awards Gala, where she received the organization's Progressive Champion Award.
Lewiston, Maine is getting national attention because of its bombastic, conservative mayor. His opponent aims to show the nation that a progressive populist can win in what looks like hostile territory.
Scott Wallace of the Wallace Global Fund, who will be honored at the Campaign for America's Future 2015 Awards Gala, explains his success in driving the global conversation on climate change.
The difference between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on protecting Social Security is concerning a lot of people who are fighting to strengthen the program.
A letter to Congress counters the argument that corporations are being harmed by the current corporate tax code and that the remedy is a change to a "territorial" tax regime.
The driving motivation of a bill with the innocuous title of the ""Financial Product Safety Commission Act" is not "financial product safety," but the crippling of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The surprisingly disappointing September unemployment report should break once and for all two illusions about our ability to sustain a robust economy, and give us an opportunity to change the conservation.
The tax plan from Donald Trump is a big deal, but not nearly as big a deal as it would be for people in the top 1 percent, who would get a tax break averaging $184,000 a year under his plan.
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"