This was the year that #BlackLivesMatter mattered. It arrived precisely at a moment of crisis that called for a movement that values and demands respect above respectability, and doesn't hesitate to disrupt “business as usual.”
Donald Trump’s supporters are now yelling “Seig heil!,” and calling for a black man to be burned alive. Can we call them fascists now? Can we call them racists now?
Republican presidential candidates had a chance to take a stand against Donald Trump's dangerous demagoguery at Tuesday night’s debate. None of them took it.
Animals have a sense about people. They just know when someone is trouble. So it really wasn’t a surprise when an American bald eagle attacked Donald Trump.
Faced with outrage against police violence, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel must decide whether he will turn crisis into an opportunity for accountability and healing for his city.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S. “is not who we are as a party.” But Trump represents exactly what the GOP is, and what progressive must not let America become.
Mass shootings in Colorado and California this week, brought out the worst in wingnuts this week, and reminded us that our biggest terrorist threats still come from right here at home.
Before Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen makes a Capitol Hill appearance, progressives told Congress that a Fed move to raise interest rates now would devastate communities hit hardest by the Great Recession.
A Thanksgiving holiday marred by shootings should remind us that our biggest terrorist threat comes not from Syrian refugees fleeing extremist violence, but from homegrown right-wing extremists.
The release of the video of Laquan McDonald’s death, and the murder charges against the Chicago police officer who killed him show how much has changed since Ferguson, and how much still needs to change.
One year ago, Cleveland, Ohio police shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice within two seconds of encountering him. There is still no justice for Rice and his family. If the prosecutor has his way there will be no justice for Tamir Rice.
In the worst of times, we need leaders who call us to heed “the better angels of our nature.” In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, right-wing media, officeholders, and candidates have instead embodied the term “ugly American.”
The good news is that the gender pay gap has closed a little. The bad news is it's not because women's wages are up, but men's wages are down. A new EPI report points the way to an economy that works for all, starting with women.
The right-wing response to the Paris terror attacks is predictably hysterical, racist and xenophobic. In other words, it's the best recruitment device that ISIS could ask for.
Does it seem like the “War on Christmas” comes earlier every year? ’Tis barely the season yet, and this week wingnuts are seeing red about Starbuck’s decidedly minimalist holiday cups.
The biggest question leading up to the fourth GOP presidential debate is which Ben Carson will show up tonight? Will it be the soft-spoken retired neurosurgeon, or the defensive fabulist?
In Ben Carson Republicans have found a candidate who truly makes George W. Bush look like an intellectual giant, and yet another representative of a right-wing culture in which belief is more important than knowledge.
Ya gotta hand it to the GOP presidential candidates. It takes either incredible skill or monumental stupidity to get President Obama and Fox News to agree. But their “diva demands” for future debates did it.
In an otherwise disappointing off-year election, progressive victories in Maine, Ohio, Washington and beyond inspire hope and point the way to future wins on campaign finance and other issues.
Ohioans are voting on Issue One, a constitutional amendment to ban political gerrymandering that could cure much of what ails our government and fix our broken political process.
In Seattle, Washington, a ballot initiative that could wrest power away from corporate interests and big money donors, and change the way we do democracy, is coming up for a vote.
The right-wing backlash against the #BlackLivesMatter movement has intensified in recent weeks. There are two primary reasons for this: Black Americans are telling the truth about their lives, and it’s working.
Jeb Bush says his campaign is not on life support, and he’s right. It’s long past that point. Bush’s campaign is more like “the walking dead”; lifeless, but lumbering along just this side of the grave.
National People’s Action will on Tuesday receive the Campaign For America’s Future Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award for its work in taking the economic crisis to doorstep of those who created it.
After spending $4.5 million on yet another Benghazi investigation, and questioning Hillary Clinton for eleven hours, the GOPs latest Benghazi hearing leaves one major question unanswered: Did they forget who they were messing with?
The House GOP’s disarray shows that the party may be a danger to itself. The GOP’s political brinksmanship is danger to the nation’s economy and the American people.
On Tuesday night, 15.3 million people tuned in to a sane, rational Democratic presidential debate. Nobody remembered to bring the crazy to the Dem’s debate. So, wingnuts brought enough for everybody.
Once upon a time, progressives envied the tea party movement’s influence over Republican candidates and lawmakers. Tuesday night’s Democratic debate showcased how much progressive movements have influenced the candidates.
House Speaker John Boehner has a recurring nightmare about being stuck, unable to move. The complete implosion of the race for his successor this week might mean Boehner’s nightmare is coming true.
I’ve experience one shooting in my life. I know that no one truly knows what they would do when suddenly faced with their mortality. Ben Carson had a gun pointed at him once. He should know better.
Unable to govern and unwilling to be governed, the deepest dysfunctions of the House Republican conference are rising to the surface, as the party struggles to choose a new speaker.
This week, a bunch of Republican Congressmen made fools of themselves during their own hearing to bring down Planned Parenthood. It was farcical from beginning to end.
As John Boehner eyes the exit, and House Republicans prepare to vote for new leadership next week, the line-up for the post-Boehner House GOP leadership is all white, all male, and as extreme as they wanna be.
House Speaker John Boehner is like the ineffectual substitute teacher whose presence barely keeps an unruly class in line. His exit leaves a chaotic House GOP without adult supervision.
Pope Francis came to town in Washington, DC, this week, calling for a “revolution of tenderness,” and bringing his powerful messages on climate change and poverty to Congress. Naturally, wingnuts don't want to hear it.
As Pope Francis brings his message on caring for the poor to America, the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest report reminds us that our efforts to fight poverty are working, but are not enough.
A 14-year-old high school freshman and budding scientist build his own clock, and brought it to school to show his teacher. Instead, he got arrested, and wingnuts lost their minds. Because he was Muslim, of course.
Anti-gay Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis has gone back to work, and back to square one. Although she shows no signs of going away, conservatives want Davis' saga to be over — and soon.
Things got ugly this week, when Fox News anchor Shep Smith told the truth about Kentucky county clerk, and anti-gay theocrat, Kim Davis. The truth hurts, and wingnuts didn’t like it one bit.
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, seemed set to become a full fledged right-wing martyr/saint. Then a funny thing happened on the way to her canonization.