Tuesday's State of the Union turned into President Obama's first farewell, and an occasion to offer both a common-sense corrective to the campaign trail's hysteria and to reprise some of his favorite themes.
The December Labor Department jobs report shows private sector jobs increased for a record 70th month. The question is how long this steady, slow growth can continue in a world in increasing turmoil.
The posturing and meaningless polls are behind us. Finally, the presidential race heads towards the first primaries. Real people cast real votes. For progressives, 2016 may well be an interesting time.
Live from New Hampshire, it's the Saturday Night Democratic Presidential Debate, perversely designed to draw as small an audience as possible. Yet voters would be interested in the real differences in politics and strategy.
In last night's debate, Republican presidential candidates responded to a shaken nation by serving up heavy doses of fear and insult. Yet in the midst of the hysteria and posturing, there were occasional glimpses of common sense.
Donald Trump will be center stage at the Republican debate Tuesday night, flanked by a rising Sen. Ted Cruz and a flagging Dr. Ben Carson. Those are the front-runners. Enough said.
Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio has made his foreign policy acumen the centerpiece of his presidential campaign. Only problem: what he believes is both wrong-headed and dangerous.
The November jobs report showed continued growth, virtually insuring that the Federal Reserve will begin hiking interest rates, hailing the economic recovery. But the new normal isn't normal or acceptable for America's workers.
In the last Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of impugning her integrity by raising her support from Wall Street bankers. But it isn't Bernie who is doing the impugning, it's her Wall Street donors themselves.
When the Campaign for America's Future gave NEA President Lily Eskelsen García its Progressive Champion award, she electrified the crowd – particularly with her riff on what teachers do. You have to hear this.
Arithmetic was the first casualty in the CNBC Republican Presidential debate. Logic became collateral damage. What John Kasich scorned as "fantasies" of those "who cannot do this job" ruled the night.
Elizabeth Warren, a first-term minority party senator, has built a national following. By challenging Wall Street and the rules that are rigged against people, she is leading a growing populist movement earning the right enemies.
The Democratic debate revealed dramatically different views between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on this central question: How the devil do we get the changes we need in the face of Republican obstruction?
The pundits are already dreading that the first Democratic presidential debate might feature an exchange of ideas rather than insults. The moderators will try to "fix that." Here are some program notes.
Bernie Sanders leads the field in our newly released scorecard, grading Democratic candidates relative to the Populism 2015 platform. Most striking: All the major candidates now embrace more populist positions.
House Speaker John Boehner's resignation helped keep the government open for another 72 days. But the wingnuts who claimed his hide are on the march. Folly rules. And we all suffer the consequences.
Money talks. Hillary Clinton is doing a whirl of big-dollar fundraisers, pushing to top Bernie Sanders' grassroots fundraising totals. Bernie isn't just surging in the polls, he's faring well in the money primary.
This weeks' GOP presidential debate displayed candidates who not only scorn all things Obama, but brandish foreign policy postures so unhinged from reality they made Donald Trump sound reasonable.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Bernie Sanders of British politics, has swept to a stunning upset victory to head the Labour Party. Could that happen here? One thing is clear: The center will not hold.
The jobs report released today will stoke the debate over whether the Fed should hike interest rates. But the real deal is that wages are still declining. And we need Congress to act, not the Fed.
This week, presidential contender Bernie Sanders called for an end to the obscene rules that force Americans to pay the highest prices for prescription drugs in the world. He got that right.
Trump eruptions; stock market gyrations. The din aggravates, confuses and distracts from what we should be addressing. Here's a short bit a common sense to help sort out the real from the blare.
Commentators still dismiss Donald Trump as a summertime fling. But Trump's tropes are not simply ravings. They are making a case that many Americans want to hear.
Conservative commentators have begun to label both Sanders and Trump "populists," one from the left, the other from the right. This is a slur both on Sanders and on populism.
America lost a giant and CAF lost a friend when Julian Bond passed away this weekend at the age of 75. His piercing intellect, eloquent voice, and puckish humor will be sorely missed. He made America better.
The Republican debate debacle combined with a positive jobs report has put Democrats into a celebratory mood. But the reality is that we haven't even begun the reforms we need to make this economy work for working people.
The Republican "debate" turned into the Trump show. Aided and abetted by Fox News moderators who repeatedly went after him, Trump dominated, treating the others as bit players in his ongoing farce.
Hillary Clinton has opened a "conversation" about what she calls "quarterly capitalism," the perverse incentives that lead corporations to focus on the short-term over the long. Her reforms, however, don't match her rhetoric
Yesterday, thousands of federal workers – led by Senate cafeteria workers – walked off their jobs to demand a living wage, decent benefits and union. Sen. Bernie Sanders joined them, as pressure builds on President Obama to act.
Today is the fifth anniversary of the passage of Dodd-Frank, the complicated legislation designed to reform Wall Street after it blew up the economy. With finance still bloated, much more needs to be done.
Hillary Clinton presented what aides described as a framing speech for her economic policy on Monday. Her speech reflected both the scope and the limits of the populist advance in the Democratic debate.
The Greek crisis deepens. The European Bank refuses the aid needed to reopen Greek banks. Germany's Angel Merkel sees no basis for a new deal. The full catastrophe grows nearer.
The Greeks have refused to accept the harsh punishment that Europe prescribed for them. Europe's effort to topple the Syriza government has failed. Now Europe must decide how it will react to the voice of democracy.
The June jobs report shows more of the same: steady but slow jobs growth. Wages and hours were flat. The recovery continues but workers still are seeing few of the rewards.
Greece is now on the brink. The referendum on July 5 offers Greek voters only a choice of calamities. The common narrative of this crisis is deeply misleading. Greece's failure is, in the end, Europe's shame.
The heinous act of racial terrorism at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston has been met with expressions of amazing grace and faith. But faith and grace are not enough. Change will come only if people of conscience demand it.
In the early stages of any presidential campaign, the race for money is accompanied by an “ideas primary.” What’s striking about the salad days of the 2016 race is that populism is leading the ideas primary of both parties.
The setting was electric. The speech was solid. In the first major public rally of her campaign, Hillary Clinton proved she gets the populist temper of the times, and will champion liberal – but limited – reform.
The vote on fast track is slated for Friday. It is too close to call. The backroom dealing is frenzied. But the choice is simple: Will we continue our ruinous trade policies or will Congress set a new course?
The economy continued into its sixth year of recovery in May. But over 17 million people remain in need of full-time work. Wages still aren't picking up. The economy is recovering, but workers are not.