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.
Congress demanded that the Trans-Pacific Partnership outlaw currency manipulation. The administration promised that the TPP and accompanying side agreements do that. Then Japan said it will continue manipulating.
Democrats have won the presidential popular vote for five of the last six elections. So don't let anyone tell you than the midterms and off-year election results mean that the nation is fundamentally conservative and Republican.
Now is the time to use the momentum from the Keystone pipeline decision, and mobilize for a broad cap on carbon emissions and a massive investment in clean energy jobs.
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.
President Obama has laid out the bottom line, saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership “puts American workers first.” That's the right measure, but there are deficiencies even a thousand pages of legalese can't obscure.
There is an urgent need to change the nation’s federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. Now, there’s some evidence a revision to NCLB may be in the offing
Ensuring that our planet remains hospitable requires leaving about three-quarters of all oil, gas, and coal deposits underground. Forgoing all those fossil fuels means oil companies need to change or go out of business.
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.
The leader of a fossil fuel divestment movement explains how he is carrying out the vision of his grandfather, Vice-President Henry Wallace, who once called for the "Century of the Common Man."
Paul Ryan paints himself as a champion of “the people” over “Washington.” But the “people” the new House speaker defends are corporations. And the “Washington” he attacks is the one that does deliver for real people.
Lower crude oil prices helped cut imports. Sales of commercial airplanes and jet engines helped boost exports. The full effect of China's currency devaluation and the stronger U.S. dollar is yet to hit.
At some point the actual text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be made public. Organizations, academics, experts and regular people will be able to read, analyze and discuss what has been agreed to in our name.
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.
As long as the big corporations, Wall Street banks, their top executives and wealthy shareholders have the political power to do so, they’ll keep redistributing much of the nation’s income upward to themselves.
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.
While corporations stash more and more in the accounts of CEOs, they’ve slashed more and more from workers whose labor creates profits. That means retirement luxury for CEOs; retirement poverty for workers.
Sen. Marco Rubio is not the first presidential candidate to miss Senate votes. What he really missed was the chance to prove he could be a leader. His one try on immigration was a colossal disaster and he never tried again.
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.
Journalists and news organizations are not stepping up to defend their colleagues. Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and Democrats were complaining.
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.
A new International Monetary Fund study shows that a reinvigorated labor movement is essential to a just economy and a well-functioning democracy. It deserves widespread attention – and should inspire concerted action.
Anyone who believes that cracking down harder on neighborhood schools and pushing for privately operated charters are the necessary “reforms” our education system needs has to admit this past week was a huge downer.
All three Democratic presidential candidates are now united in asking for a federal investigation into charges that Exxon knew of the dangers of climate change but helped fund climate-denial propaganda for profit.
As the economy slows, are Republican candidates offering solutions that will help? Or are they proposing the same old anti-government austerity, tax cuts and deregulation they always do? What about the Democratic candidates?
Sen. Marco Rubio has been christened the winner of the last debate by the pundits after staring down Jeb Bush's attack on his senatorial attendance record. But what did he actually say about his ideas and policies?
The text of TPP is still secret -- even from Congress. Today, members of Congress brought out Roxy the “secret TPP text-tracking” bloodhound to try and help them sniff out what's in TPP.
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.
Despite his ideological kinship with the anti-government crowd, Paul Ryan is the embodiment of the troika of money, power and politics that corrupts and controls the capital, the very thing the tea partiers detest.
It does not matter if a majority of the House (and America) wants something. It can't be voted on in the House unless most Republicans want it. This is how GOP's “donor class” wants it, and they (usually) get what they want.
Raising the debt limit, keeping the government open, and ensuring Social Security disability payments continue are no longer in harm's way. But this is nothing to celebrate.
A candidate at tonight's debate who wants to shake up the race would turn to Ted Cruz and say: "That's great that you wanted to defund Planned Parenthood. Yet you concocted a ridiculous legislative strategy with no plan to win."
America is the only democracy in the world where anyone can run for president -- and, armed with enough money, possibly even win. Which makes it all the more important that we distinguish leaders from demagogues.
The US has an enormous, humongous and continuing trade deficit, caused by our country's trade policies. In the last few months American industrial production has been edging down. Will the Republican candidates address trade Wednesday?
Everything you can do with an iPhone was government-funded. From the Internet that lets you surf the Web, to GPS that lets you use Google Maps, to touchscreen display and even the SIRI voice activated system — all were funded by Uncle Sam.
It's crucial that the next President belief restore the belief that America is a place where work is justly rewarded and everyone who works hard can attain a middle-class life -- without backbreaking debt.
As the granddaughter of a Mississippi sharecropper who worked her way from "lunch lady" to teachers' union president, Lily Eskelsen García has a message for progressives on why we should listen to teachers.
Last week representatives from more than 75 U.S.-based organizations involved in "good governance and transparency" demanded that our government show us proposals made in our name at the trans-Atlantic trade talks.
I am proud to stand with Sen. Bernie Sanders and hundreds of Verizon workers at a retail store in Manhattan, as 39,000 union members battle for their contract and for organizing and bargaining rights at Verizon Wireless.
Instead of spending the time to identify new ideas, craft polices and corral support for those policies among party members, Republicans spent the last few years going down the Benghazi and IRS rabbit holes.