A constitutional convention makes for a snappy hashtag, #ConCon. But, as GOP leaders in Idaho recently discovered, it is an impractical idea that could result in a "runaway" convention that dangerously rewrites the U.S. Constitution.
Nobody’s suggesting Democrats should behave like Republicans. But it’s no longer “moderate” to pretend the rules haven’t changed. In today’s world, a vote for Gorsuch is a vote for extremism over moderation.
Donald Trump's budget blueprint aims to dazzle, but its hardness of heart is unworthy of the American people. Our country's great leaders of the past would hardly recognize it as American at all.
After an election filled with racist rhetoric, Republicans have proposed an agenda that will harm many black, brown, and poor Americans while helping the white and wealthy. Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan pioneered this divisive strategy.
The Republicans' plan to overhaul health care cuts programs that help black and brown people to pay for giveaways to the wealthy. People ask if this is accidental or deliberate. Does it matter?
The Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is a disaster for the American people. It’s not a health plan, it's a wealth grab for those who need it least, which will make the economy sicker, too.
Recusal is not enough. Jeff Sessions has shown by his deceptions that he is not fit to serve as Attorney General. In the name of equal justice for all, he must resign.
Democrats who were hoping Trump would inflict a knockout punch on himself in his first speech to Congress walked away disappointed. It looks like they’re going to have to learn to fight for themselves.
Perez isn't the problem; power is. The Democratic Party won't change until it's confronted with a movement determined to change it, and starts to tell a story that reflects the lives of ordinary people.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has a reputation for policy wonkishness, which he doesn't deserve. He also has a reputation for raising boatloads of cash, which he does deserve. Care to guess which one's driving his healthcare priorities?
Until we get the full truth about Russia — from reputable, public, and trustworthy sources — let’s fight Trump with the weapons we already have at hand: the weapons of accountability and justice.
From online harassment to digital strikebreaking, tech is different in the age of Trump — or, more precisely, the public policy concerns raised by powerful tech companies are heightened by the administration's actions.
Mick Mulvaney became the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the very day that people with $1 million yearly salaries stop paying into the Social Security trust fund.
How can Americans resist Wall Street’s influence with Trump in the White House, Mnuchin at Treasury and Republicans holding both houses of Congress? Some principles already seem clear.
Ian Milhiser, the Think Progress justice editor, explored Trump's Supreme Court nominee in an interview that explored his background, ideology and judicial philosophy.
Let’s protect the Affordable Care Act by doing what Democrats should have done all along: by making the case for a better health care system, and then fighting for it. That means making the case for government itself.
For Donald Trump, this has got to hurt: Less than two weeks after his inauguration, the people who took to the streets to protest his policies have outstripped him in popularity.
Donald Trump says he represents working people, but he just tilted the scale in favor of the banks. As Trump moved to rob Americans of some basic financial protections, his choice of companions only added insult to injury.
How much could this crisis escalate? Does the potential exist for a direct conflict between two branches of government? We explored those issues with Slate legal journalist Mark Joseph Stern.
Trump nominated for the Supreme Court a judge whose right-wing notions of "originalism" would suspend our living Constitution in ancient prejudices of race, ethnicity, religion, class and gender.
There's compelling evidence to show that Steve Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Treasury, lied to the Senate in both written and verbal testimony. Senate Republicans seem to be taking those offenses in stride.
Should Trump nominee Tom Price be in jail for insider stock trading? Nancy Altman is an attorney with 40 years of experience in public policy, Social Security, and private pensions, so she does not ask lightly. We recently talked about it.
Trump’s appointees aren’t likely to ask for “national security or public safety” exemptions for the many government jobs that help people in ways Republicans despise. So who stands to lose the most under this hiring freeze?
When the history of Donald Trump's administration is written, people may point to the appointment of a Koch Brothers' operative to a little-known White House position as a turning point in Trump's evolution.
It gives me no joy to say this, but you’ve been conned. Trump hasn’t come up with a single concrete proposal to create jobs.
It’s disappointing when Democrats offer implausible excuses for their votes, as Sen. Cory Booker and twelve other senators did. It’s downright outrageous when those same Democrats claim their votes were driven by drug safety concerns.
hat outrages people in Washington doesn't seem to offend voters in West Virginia or boost Democratic turnout in Milwaukee. But everyone understands greed, and graft, and selfishness.
Forget “extreme vetting.” These nominees won’t even face ordinary vetting. Instead, Mitch McConnell is greasing the skids for some highly questionable appointees.
Democratic operatives got the story wrong ... Fortunately, the rest of the country isn’t waiting for someone else to figure it out. A national movement of resistance – and affirmation – is already underway.
At this point Trump's staffing process has pretty much turned into an extended exercise in trolling, a test to see how much humiliation Americans will endure. It's also kleptocratic grift, of course.
What does it tell us when leading Democrats are more agitated about unproven allegations of Russian election-rigging than they are about proven allegations of Republican election-rigging?
If you are an older American – or if you expect to live past your early sixties – and aren’t wealthy, recent news stories may have led you to conclude that the Republican Party is at war with you. If so, you’re not wrong.
Donald Trump's recent cabinet picks have a history of being very good … to Donald Trump. Working Americans won’t be as lucky. His latest hire is wrestling billionaire Linda McMahon. In wrestling terms, he's treating voters like "jabronies."
Newly published data confirms that, conservative rhetoric notwithstanding, Americans pay very little in taxes compared to residents of other developed countries. That includes US corporations.
The future was supposed to bring prosperity and leisure to working people, not joblessness and misery. But that was before the money guys took over.
Trump was always a Trojan horse for the 0.01 percent. And now he's forming a government of, by, and for the very elites he campaigned against. The ruthless few are in charge now.
Tom Price's widely publicized desire to gut Medicare is only part of the problem. From tax cuts to surgeons’ income, he has repeatedly fought for the wealthy and privileged at the expense of ordinary Americans.
As more Americans become disillusioned with Trump, a potentially transformative moment is almost certain to appear. But voters dissatisfied with the status quo and Trump’s phony populism will seek equally transformative politicians.
Americans must learn to distinguish the ways Trump is uniquely terrible from the ways in which he is not so terribly unique — except as a matter of degree. Consider the charges of "financial elder abuse" made against him.
For the first time in a quarter-century, we’re about to see a vacuum of political and intellectual leadership in the Democratic Party. The party will have to remake itself. The question is, as what?