White progressives have been flummoxed by Black Lives Matter protests at presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign events. But if one considers the context, the strategy makes a lot of sense.
On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of its report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. Here's what you need to know.
Last summer, Barack Obama and leaders of the European Union announced the start of negotiations on another trade deal. Wondering what all of these deals are about? Here’s a primer on the Obama administration’s vision for global trade.
An elaborate mythology blames a “culture of poverty” for pockets of concentrated despair, like Ferguson. Another view holds that whites simply fled such areas. But a new study blames a century of intentionally discriminatory policies.
Mountains of money are flooding key races in the most expensive non-presidential campaign in history. To keep you up to date with the latest, we’ve rounded up some key campaign finance stories.
About a million Americans have been unemployed for two years or longer, and approximately 100,000 have been jobless for at least five years. These are the forgotten victims of the economic meltdown triggered by the crash of Wall Street.
On Monday, a day after an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 people participated in the People’s Climate March in New York, a smaller group of activists set out to shut down Wall Street.
For many years there were some economists who argued that their discipline should focus on growth and not worry about inequality. But a research brief Standard and Poor’s concludes that growth versus equality is a false choice.
Those seething with so much rage and xenophobia that they’d hurl ugly epithets in the faces of children fleeing bloody violence in Central America bring shame to the whole nation. […]
There is nothing controversial about the work of climatologist Michael Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center. Here are six things he’d like you to understand about the scientific consensus on global warming.
As a public service, we gathered eight of the most common of the pseudo-scientific climate change arguments and asked some scientists — widely-published, working climatologists — to help us understand what makes these claims so misleading.
It’s a political cliché that “red” and “blue” states represent two Americas. But consider how states prioritize programs like health care and education — or how they administer their social safety nets — and the differences are very real.
A study finds that the millennial generation is increasingly alienated from the major institutions of American society. Many see little difference between the two major political parties.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has kicked off a new campaign called “Higher Ed, Not Debt” to tackle the nation’s staggering burden of student loan debt. It's part of a larger battle over education in America from pre-kindergarten up.
Opponents of raising the minimum wage offer a number of claims suggesting it would be a supposedly bad idea. Unfortunately for their cause, all of their arguments fall apart under close scrutiny.
Some date the advent of the tea party to 2007, when Ron Paul held a “tax day tea party” fundraiser to fill his campaign coffers. But the broader movement began five years ago last week — shortly after Barack Obama was sworn into office
Dog whistle politics have served Republicans well. But with shifting demographics, they may become an albatross around the party’s neck. No issue reflects that dynamic as clearly as immigration reform.
Social welfare organizations are allowed to influence elections to a degree, but can’t make electoral politics their “primary focus.” The problem is that standard hasn’t been well defined.
A dominant conservative narrative is that government saps our freedom. But good government can increase our personal choices and make us more free – freer to pursue our own individual paths.
As new details emerge, it’s becoming clear that West Virginia's chemical spill is also a tale of how shady businesses can prosper in an environment where regulatory capture by an industry is so deeply entrenched.
Back in 1986, leaders of the US, Canada and Mexico sold the North American Free Trade Agreement to the public as an economic win-win for all parties involved. Twenty years later, we can test how those claims panned out in the real world.
MSNBC reporter Benjy Sarlin traveled down to Alabama to see the impact of the most punitive law against unauthorized immigrants in the US firsthand.
A new study shows that even generous unemployment benefits have zero impact on people’s drive to go out and find a job. Another GOP talking point bites the dust.
State budget cuts to higher education are driving the cost of tuition to increase twice as fast as the cost of health care. Those additional dollars aren’t improving students’ instruction. But students and families have to make up the difference.
Americans’ heavy reliance on the private sector to provide social goods and services makes the financing of our entire social welfare system far less fair. It’s a great deal for the wealthiest, and a huge rip-off for the rest of us.
Far too many breathless news stories about insurance plans being “canceled” or people facing “sticker shock” fail to convey even the most basic context: this is almost exclusively a phenomenon of the individual insurance market.
The American people pay a similar amount for social services as citizens of European countries with supposedly lavish social safety nets. But there are two significant differences.
The most important political story of our time is one that journalists wedded to the idea that ‘both sides do it’ are uncomfortable reporting: the wildly asymmetric polarization of our two major political parties.
Seven days into a government shutdown, and 9 days away from a potentially catastrophic breach of the nation’s debt limit, and the question everyone is asking is: who will blink first?
The government shutdown is revealing how easily distracted we are by shiny objects. Tourist sites are important, but they fail to capture the economic pain that ordinary Americans, and especially the poor, will feel if the shutdown drags on.
After decades of seeing their incomes shrink, those at the bottom of the economic ladder are starting to band together and fight back — and it’s one of the most important economic stories of our time.