"We should be unafraid to kick the tires on transformative ideas," says Hillary Clinton in her new political memoir. That’s good advice. If only she had embraced it when she was a presidential candidate.
Trump’s actions and words are particularly noxious, but no one should be misled: His race-bait politics are an expression of the modern Republican Party, not a deviation from it. The battle for its soul has long since been decided.
The Labor Day parades are over. The bands have packed up. The muscular speeches celebrating workers are finished. Now, conservative politicians from Trump on down will revive their systematic efforts to weaken unions and undermine workers.
Trump's tax plan is the essential confidence scam: he's peddling a plan that does not yet exist on paper, using populist bluster to sell what will be a one-percenter's dream. The only question is if Americans are gullible enough to buy it.
While Steve Bannon's positions on the economy and foreign relations were ignored even before he was fired from the White House, the racist and nationalist themes in Bannon's playbook are certain to survive his departure.
Movements, not politicians, are driving debate within the Democratic Party. The outcome is far from clear, but bemoaning this battle is like decrying the rising of the sun. People are engaged, and the demand for change is real.
Democrats, their spines stiffened by massive popular mobilizations, displayed remarkable unity and grit in opposing the Republican push to repeal and replace Obamacare. But how will Democrats respond to the GOP's bid for deep tax cuts?
Dems are moving to address the populist temper of this time. The People’s Platform pushes them to add to their shared agenda, while The Better Deal’s focus on concentrated economic power will be welcomed by the party's activist base.
If GOP leaders carry through on their "threat" to work with Democrats to fix Obamacare, what should Dems demand in return? Lawmakers must show they are committed to extend our right to affordable health care, not reduce it.
The United States continues its longest war – now in its 16th year – without a clue about how to win or how to get out. President Trump shows no sign of changing course, and the troop surge he plans to authorize is not the answer.
This is it. Senate Republicans want to vote this week to close hospitals, shutter nursing homes, abandon babies at birth, force older workers off care, and leave the disabled without services.. We can stop them, if we act now.
The efforts to build an independent capacity to recruit, train, and support populist candidates up and down the ticket should be redoubled. The push to crystallize a bold agenda for change and debate it across the country is vital.
The debate within the Democratic Party isn’t a diversion or a liability; it is a necessary step on the road to recovery. Progressives have energy, passion, and a bold agenda for change. Isn’t it time to debate ideas and strategy?
Bernie Sanders is in England to boost Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party’s candidate for prime minister in the snap election June 8. Corbyn is surging in British polls, and running a populist campaign that pledges radical economic reform.
Will Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare pave the way to Medicare for All? Only if progressives force the debate. Now is the time for progressives to educate, enlist and take on the entrenched interests that stand in the way.
Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget raises a long, fat middle finger to the working class voters who helped to put him in office; it's a stunning betrayal. Far worse is that it opens the door for Republicans in Congress to do extreme damage.
Democratic Party luminaries say they want “new, fresh, bold, provocative ideas that can move us forward.” But when they gathered this week, they found it hard to focus on jobs, climate and how to get big money out of our politics.
On almost every measure, Trump is making life worse for the working class. His stunts and boasts claim credit for new jobs, but these stunts cover the reality: Trump is shafting the very working people who supported him.
The Progressive Caucus frames its budget around the central challenge of our time: how to make this economy work for working people, and redress the savage inequality that is undermining our democracy. It offers us a strategy to get there.
Trump's neck-snapping series of flip-flops on signature populist issues have been met with deep sighs of relief, but this should worry Democrats and anyone concerned about the future of our country.
Barack Obama’s stature will only grow in the rearview mirror. We already miss his dignity, his grace, and intelligence. Trump may be intent on repealing everything Obama accomplished, but he will inevitably ennoble him in the process.
Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard caught fire from fellow Democrats for her cautious view of Trump's missile strike on Syria. But she is right to exercise prudence, and other Dems should follow her example.
Donald Trump's bombing of Syria is the most irresponsible act of his circus presidency thus far. It is a continuation of the costly fantasy of the U.S. as the “indispensable nation,” willing and able to police the world.
Jeb Bush dubbed Donald Trump the "chaos candidate," and this is the one claim he's lived up to. As president, Trump is swiftly shedding his most popular populist economic promises with the ease of a confidence man.
Words fail to give full measure to Roger Wilkins, who left us just after his 85th birthday. A great champion of social justice, proud father and good friend, he will be missed.
Democrats must confront the moral horrors of Trump's policies head-on: jobs, healthcare, civil rights and the Supreme Court are all under attack. We must defend these first, even if there's a 'smell of treason' in the air.
Trump’s first weeks in office have been horrifyingly erratic. But the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment's conventional wisdom is, in many ways, even more disconnected from reality than the president’s tweets.
Jobs may have increased in February, but our challenge as a nation is to create good jobs that provide dignity for all. Senator Sherrod Brown's insightful new report - Working Too Hard for Too Little - shows us how to get there.
Alleged Russian interference in our elections demands independent investigation, but Democrats can’t allow Trump to strut about jobs he’s saved, while they fixate on the past.
Trump can play a president on television, but that's about it. He promises the moon with a straight face, while peddling the same old conservative snake oil in new bottles.
Rep. Keith Ellison offers a lifeline to the Democratic Party that is floundering. The question is whether the Democratic National Committee's 447 members will accept it when they choose their new chair on Saturday.
Trump is in the White House in large part because of the establishment’s failures over the past decades. Progressives need to advance a concrete agenda, and that means taking on Democrats-in-Name-Only.
Waiting on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s desk is Trump’s order instructing him to launch a review aimed at dismantling much of the financial regulation passed after Wall Street’s wilding blew up the economy.
Donald Trump’s inaugural address stunned Washington elites. Yet it deserves attention for it reveals how Trump’s right-wing populism distorts America’s populist tradition.
Brock is not a man of the left. His institutions are not grounded in the populist-progressive movement. He’s an agent of the Democratic establishment, funded significantly by its biggest donors.
To expose Donald Trump's bait-and-switch on the economy, it will be vital to follow the money, and expose the corruptions and the lies. Challenging Trump’s appointments will provide the first opportunity to pierce the veil.
House Democrats pick their leaders this week. The betting is that they will retain the squad of septuagenarians that have led them over the last years. But it is long past time to groom new leaders.
How do Democrats respond to Donald Trump? With his first appointments, Trump has doubled down on the extremes. Democrats might learn from the 1980s, when they won many battles against Reagan, but lost the war.
In the wake of Trump’s victory, the traditional rituals were observed. Hillary Clinton gave a graceful concession speech; President Obama and Trump called for Americans to come together. The only true response was in the streets.
Obama’s coalition will continue to grow in number. But Democrats better learn how to sing from Bernie Sanders' gospel to have any hope of becoming a majority party again.