Thursday night’s tenth GOP presidential debate was, ironically, best summed up by CNN’s closed captioner for the hearing impaired, who spoke for all who were appalled and somewhat frightened by how the GOP has devolved.
Democrats are beginning to understand that black votes matter to their margin of victory. But to earn those votes, Democrats have to prove that black votes matter to them, with policies that prove black lives matter to them.
That didn’t take long: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead on Saturday morning, after expiring in his sleep on Friday night. The conspiracy theories started late Sunday.
With one question, moderator Gwen Ifill flipped the script on race relations in America, during the last Democratic presidential debate. Now, Democrats must learn how to answer it.
Give the feds credit. Playing the long game in the Oregon standoff worked. Not only did they bring in the last of the wannabe “militiamen” without giving them what they wanted, federal agents also nabbed the grandfather of them all.
We are living in a nation of Flints, thanks to racial bias, economic inequality, austerity, and conservative governance. We can’t afford to kid ourselves about what it will take to fix it.
Meet Ted Cruz, the Republican winner of the Iowa caucuses. He’s a liar, a jerk, and nobody who knows him remotely well — including his fellow Republicans and, quite possibly, his own family — appears to like him much.
Conventional wisdom said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wouldn’t even get close to becoming president. This week Cruz won the Iowa Caucuses, and got a little closer to the White House. Here’s why that should scare you.
The Heritage Foundation has released its annual “Index of Economic Freedom.” As we enter an election influenced by anger at an economy rigged in favor of the wealthy, it’s time to ask: What is “economic freedom," and who is it for?
This week two major right-wing crusades that started out with pretty big bangs -- the Oregon Standoff and the Planned Parenthood sting -- ended with disappointing (for wingnuts) whimpers.
Conservatives are responding to Flint, Michigan’s water crisis with the same depraved indifference that helped contaminate the city’s water and expose thousands of children to lead poisoning.
Just like a cold sore, Sarah Palin has returned — again. And just like every time before, it’s not pretty. Not pretty at all. She turned up in Ames, Iowa to endorse Donald Trump, and ramble her way back into the national spotlight.
The record $1.5 billion jackpot has been won, and Powerball mania has died down for now, but Americans are still stuck with a Powerball economy powered by the “lottery mentality.”
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley easily gave the most successful GOP State of the Union response in years. So, why do so many in her own party seem to hate her for it?
Crybabies. That’s the perfect word to describe conservatives' reaction to President Obama’s final State of the Union address — as well as the official GOP response by South Carolina governor Nikki Haley.
When President Obama introduced his executive actions on gun control, he wept as he talked about Sandy Hook Elementary. Wingnuts couldn’t understand why he would still cry over 20 dead first graders.
Right-wing extremists have upped the ante in Oregon. The Feds have a chance to get it right this time and make it clear that criminals — even those with white faces and cowboy hats — will face consequences.
Are you dreading another holiday dinner with a talkative right-wing relative or two? If you’re getting heartburn from the thought of dinner with a side of right-wing, here’s a year’s worth of wingnuttia to shut them up.
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.