This Monday, the nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. How would Dr. King view today’s activists? Would he join them to demand a living wage, take a knee in the national anthem, and decry our nation's growing gap between rich and poor?
Americans love democracy, at least in principle. So how have Republicans been able to successfully engage in a decades-long assault on voting rights? It's time for the GOP to pay a political price for undermining democracy at home.
The deeper forces of history are on the move, and we ignore them at our peril. Trump and his fellow Republicans are radically rewiring our political and economic order. This is a long game, and it can’t be won by playing defensively.
When Democrats get confident, I get nervous. That’s true even when Republicans inflict disaster on the country – and potentially on themselves. The GOP's tax scam and growing inequality should prompt Dems to examine their own values first.
Former NBA star Charles Barkley calls Doug Jones' Alabama Senate win "a wake-up call for Democrats to do better for black people and poor white people." If Democrats were to follow his frank advice, over their own, they might actually win.
Two political scientists lament in a recent op-ed in the New York Times, that "the Democratic Party Becoming Too Democratic?" Their cherry-picked election data and anecdotes paint a misleading portrait of what our country needs.
Republican Sen. Charles Grassley scorns working-class families for "spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies." So why can't we all just be rich, like him? To Grassley, it all comes down to philosophy.
On his first day on the job, Mulvaney froze all hiring and rule-making at the CFPB, bringing consumer protection by the bureau to a standstill. The banks won the first round, and Trump proved again he's just a fast-talking huckster.
Sen. Orrin Hatch wants to slam shut the door of opportunity, so future generations can't have the help he used to start his career. Hatch's tax plan benefits the rich, not the working folks he claims to defend, and voters know it.
Nominating Alexander Azar for Health and Human Services Secretary is like pinning a sheriff's badge on Billy the Kid. When it comes to public harm, the mild-mannered Azar puts blowhard "pharma bros" like Martin Shkreli to shame.
If you're a Democrat, there's a name for that unfamiliar emotion you were feeling last Tuesday night. It's called happiness. But there is a serious risk that the party will draw the wrong lessons from last week's results.
New reports offer a rare glimpse into the world of the super-rich. Their concentrated wealth is the dark matter of the world economy: rarely seen, yet reshaping everything around it. We must confront this power before it is too late.
Why are Democrats still fighting the Battle of 2016? Aren't there better things to argue about? As it turns out, there are - including the future of the party, which depends on their ability to democratize it from the inside out.
A new poll shows most Democratic voters want their party to move left, with new people in charge. In other words, they want a political revolution. They've got the right idea.
No ideology in modern American history has failed as consistently or for as long as the Wall Street-friendly "Democratic centrism." Its practitioners are undeterred by the losing streak that has brought their party to its knees.
Economically, culturally, strategically, and morally, Donald Trump's obsessive efforts to ban Muslim immigrants and refugees from the United States have impoverished us all. His most recent attempt proves it.
Somebody ought to write a self-help book for Republican politicians called, “How to Profit from the Coming Trump Apocalypse.” Although, come to think of it, they're doing pretty well with that already.
Two opposing forces are fighting to reshape Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Wall Street, which has been plundering the island for years, and organized labor, which is working to rebuild the island - and its own ranks.
Insider centrism, the time-honored kind that unites leaders of both parties with their corporate funders, will always be a plaything of the elite. But centrism emerging from the true needs of voters could conceivably become a movement.
The political project known as "centrism" is collapsing around the globe. But what about the "New Labour"/"New Democrat" phenomenon of the "center-left" that once seemed to offer so much hope? Can it survive? More importantly, should it?
Germany's recent elections affirm an alarming rise of the far right in Europe. But a deeper global phenomenon is at work, with implications for the American future. If political centrism is collapsing, what - and who - will replace it?
The sixteen senators who have joined Sanders understand their health bill won't pass in today's Republican Congress. They signed on because it's a good idea, and because they recognize that they can both reflect and shape political change.
Hillary Clinton's campaign memoir sparks controversy and debate. Is this useful? While it's unproductive to argue about her personal merits, a fight over what values will drive the Democratic Party into the future is well worth having.
Climate science tells us more superstorms like Harvey and Irma are coming our way. We should learn how to recover from these disasters in a smart, humane way so that people and communities can truly heal and become more equitable.
Ted Cruz is a champion hypocrite. He leads Texas Republicans' call for federal disaster aid, yet insists they were right to try to deny aid to those in need after Hurricane Sandy. It's time for Cruz to grow up, and admit he was wrong.
Nobody enjoys the hostile attention that comes when something they’ve said goes viral. I hope the next time you’re tempted to speak out, you do so with humility and compassion. Meanwhile, here are some hints about life in real world.
There are only two sides here: Right and wrong. Murderer and victim. Hatred and love. When it really matters, the president of the United States refuses to call terror by its name, or pick a side. But we can.
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, what's the value of a single word? If you’re a Democratic Party leader and the word is “compete,” the answer may be: more than you can afford.
Land passed down from a freed slave should not be seized to enrich a giant corporation. That's what's happening in Haymarket, Virginia, where descendants of Livinia Johnson are being forced to do so for a new Amazon data center.
What do you get when you combine the Koch brothers' money and influence with Trump’s executive power and support from the Republican base? A unified Republican Party marching in lockstep toward a destructive goal.
Donald Trump’s White House seems more like a Quentin Tarantino movie every day. Amid allegations of broken laws and self-dealing at the highest levels, the president has now hired a Communications Director called “The Mooch.”
If hell had a fiscal policy, it would look a lot like the House GOP budget. It's a wish list for millionaires, billionaires, and corporate special interests. It also breaks most of the Ten Commandments, which is more than a little ironic.
The six-year anniversary of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created after a Wall Street crime wave led to the 2008 financial crisis, is a day to celebrate and a day to fight.
Medicare For All, which until recently was rarely mentioned in mainstream political and media circles, has gained so much momentum that it was recently the answer to a question on the quiz show Jeopardy. Is it coming to a town near you?
Consultants Mark Penn and Andrew Stein want to steer the Democratic Party safely away from calls to restore economic justice, end pointless wars, and to protect women and people of color. They're the ones who are way off course.
Trump's secretive remarks to wealthy donors are just the tip of the iceberg. We need to shine more daylight – on his relationship with the GOP, and his financial ties around the world. We need more journalism, and more activism, too.
Do you have to run like a Republican to win in a district like the Georgia 6th? The answers lie in the Census Bureau's free database, which very few seem to notice. We mined the data, and found the answer for you.
Give them less and make them think it’s more: that’s the GOP’s goal with “Trumpcare.” Why? To give tax cuts to the wealthiest among us, when we already have inequality not seen since the Gilded Age. It's time to say we've had enough.
The smell of gun smoke had net yet lifted from an Alexandria baseball field when the calls for unity began. But unity doesn't mean silence, or inaction: issues like health care and gun violence need debate, and lives are at stake.
New Yorkers face a “summer of hell” as Governors Cuomo and Christie seek to hand over the city's historic Penn Station to private investors. This "hell" is the result of a bipartisan reluctance to invest in the infrastructure we need.