The Volcanic Core Fueling the 2016 Election

If you’re working harder but getting nowhere, and understand that the system is rigged against you and in favor of the rich, you don’t care about the details of proposed policies and programs. You just want a system that works for you.

Ford Leaves Japan and Indonesia, Blames the TPP

Ford Motor said this week that it will close operations in Japan and Indonesia because it sees "no reasonable path to profitability." Last year GM pulled out of Indonesia. This is in spite of the coming Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Government Run Like a Business Poisons Children

Like the former venture capitalist he is, GOP Gov. Rick Snyder denied Flint, Mich., the funds it needed to keep clean water flowing, then asked for a federal bailout when Flint's kids were poisoned by lead-tainted water.
Leo Gerard

Iowa Nightmare: The GOP Primary That Went Straight To Hell

With Iowa's caucuses on the horizon, the GOP primary has only gotten more unpredictable. What it reveals is a number of fault lines in what was once a party neatly unified by tax cuts, "family values" and Old Glory.
Digby

Wingnut Week In Review: The Return Of Sarah Palin

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.
Terrance Heath

Hillary and Bernie: The Credibility Gap

The Clinton campaign has started throwing everything and the kitchen sink at Sanders ... But the question isn't what's wrong with Bernie -- he's soaring beyond all expectations. The question is what's wrong with Hillary?
Robert Borosage

Rush’s Shocking Admission About Conservatism

Rush Limbaugh admitted that "it's now out in the open that the Republican conservative base is not monolithically conservative ... That's not the glue that unites them all."
Bill Scher

Sanders Proves the Pundits Wrong

Not only is Bernie defying the odds, but he’s doing it by showing that an authentic candidate with an authentic message can generate an authentic people’s movement.
Jim Hightower

Here’s How A Ruling In Favor Of Friedrichs Will Hurt Education

Earlier this month, news about a U.S. Supreme Court case raised concerns for progressives everywhere – for good reason. If the court upholds the plaintiffs in the Friedrichs case, that will hurt our children’s education.
Jeff Bryant

Buying A Ticket Out of The Powerball Economy

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.”
Terrance Heath

Who Lost the White Working Class?

Democrats could still win back the white working class -- putting together a huge coalition of the working class and poor, of whites, blacks, and Latinos, of everyone who has been shafted by the shift in wealth and power to the top.

Hate Costs Workers Dearly

The racial and religious hatred purveyed by the GOP didn’t improve the pay of white workers. That’s because separated, workers are weak. Unions have always known that. To secure power, workers must stand together.
Fred Redmond

The Democratic Choice: Change or Continuity

Sunday's Democratic debate put the differences between the two leading candidates in high relief: Hillary Clinton as the candidate of continuity, Bernie Sanders as the candidate of change. The choice is ours.
Robert Borosage

Wingnut Week In Review: Haley’s Comment

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?
Terrance Heath

The Republican Debate: Seven Trumped-Up Survivors

Fireworks, muscle flexing, invective – the cage match that was the Republican presidential debate in Charleston, S.C. Thursday night had it all, except any clue about what should be done for the country.
Robert Borosage

GOP Tickles the Dragon’s Tail

After years of flirting with America’s right wing and egging on a growing rage, the GOP establishment is "shocked" by Trump's success -- and scrambling to save face.

How Much Do We Hate Our Children?

Americans say they care about the well-being of kids. But it’s increasingly harder to see that sentiment reflected in policy. But there are recent examples of adults taking actions in the best interest of children.
Jeff Bryant

Conservative Crybabies at Obama’s Last State of the Union

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.
Terrance Heath

Obama: The First Farewell

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.
Robert Borosage

GOP Vows Sickness and Ill-Health

Republicans have been trying to repeal Obamacare for five years. They’ve made no effort to patch the gaping hole that would leave behind because they believe Americans who get cancer and don't have health insurance are on their own.
Leo Gerard

We’re Onto The Phony Education Reformers

After years of attacks on teachers and public education, Americans are catching up to the real story in our schools. 2015 was the year that forever transformed the hegemonic control so-called reformers have had on education policy
Jeff Bryant
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