The Education department, in a dramatic policy shift, admitted it has encouraged an overreliance on standardized testing in schools. But aside from the astonishing new rhetoric, what will the department actually do?
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?
We have millions of "unbanked" Americans. The U.S. Postal Service needs to expand its services. Postal banking is an idea whose time has come, and Bernie Sanders is highlighting his support.
Lewiston, Maine is getting national attention because of its bombastic, conservative mayor. His opponent aims to show the nation that a progressive populist can win in what looks like hostile territory.
Thursday's Clinton-bashing hearing in Congress carried with it that "frog in heating water" feeling. Systemic collapse builds slowly and then happens very quickly. It's clearly a question of when, not if.
An FCC Commissioner called it "the clearest, most egregious case of market failure I have ever seen." It took over a decade, but on Thursday the Federal Communications Commission set things right.
Elizabeth Warren, a first-term minority party senator, has built a national following. By challenging Wall Street and the rules that are rigged against people, she is leading a growing populist movement earning the right enemies.
House Speaker John Boehner gave up the job because he couldn't stand it. Rep. Kevin McCarthy stepped up and quickly bowed out. Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't really want the job, but might take it anyway. Who really wants to lead the crazy caucus?
Members of Congress, a former tobacco prosecutor and now presidential candidates are demanding that the Justice Department investigate Exxon and other fossil fuel companies for fraud.
Very little is known about how charter schools have spent over $3.7 billion the federal government has used to fuel expansion of the charter industry since 1995. Millions has gone to charter schools that were quickly closed or never opened
The imminent pumpkin shortage is only the latest example of how changing weather patterns are endangering some of our favorite foods and drinks. Thanks for nothing, global warming. If this is news to you, try this sampler plate.
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.
Which Democratic candidate will take on the banks? They all have proposals that increase regulation and likely break up the biggest banks. But will their administrations enforce those as well as existing regulations if elected?
One can hope that Justin Trudeau's victory in Canada will help advance our collective wisdom, and make it easier for politicians in the future to campaign on Economics 101.
Why did Democratic Party presidential candidates skip a forum hosted by ex-CNN anchor Campbell Brown, who operates a media outlet that promotes charter schools and other education policies favored by the rich?
Maybe some jobs are worth risking if a strong moral case can be made for a $15 minimum. That moral case is that no one should be working full time and still remain in poverty. People who work full time are fulfilling their most basic soci
The first debate was great for the country, the party – and candidate Hillary Clinton. So how about we stop the nonsense and schedule plenty more of them.
If no leading Republican can stand up to the most extreme right-wing faction of the party now, don't be surprised if voters conclude that a Republican president would let the House Freedom Caucus run wild.
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.
“Regulatory capture” happens when an agency acts in the interests of those it is supposed to regulate instead of the public. The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be one such “captured” agency.
The Democratic debate revealed dramatically different views between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on this central question: How the devil do we get the changes we need in the face of Republican obstruction?
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan never was an educator. But his replacement John King was, so there's evidence of how he treats children under his direct control. And it’s not a pretty sight to behold.
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.
Canada's Liberal Party, after losing the prime ministership and being relegated to third party status, is on the cusp of regaining control of the government Monday. If so, it has John Maynard Keynes to thank.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is complete, but we still are not allowed to know what is in it. There are rumors Congress might not vote on it until after the 2016 election.
The U.S. Trade Representative's office is shopping around looking for professors to tell the public that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is great – even though the agreement itself is still secret.
The difference between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on protecting Social Security is concerning a lot of people who are fighting to strengthen the program.
We’re nearly $1 trillion behind on transportation investments. If Congress refuses to ask drivers to pay 21st century prices for 21st century roads, our once world-class infrastructure will go the way of dial-up Internet.
How many times have we heard corporate-funded conservatives and "centrists" whine about "deficits" and demand budget cuts? What if you knew these corporations owed $620 billion in taxes?
It doesn't matter who "won." The candidates showed they all are concerned about governing the country and proposing actual policies that will help actual people have better lives.
Boehner and McCarthy ducking a fight with the Freedom Caucus on the basis of party unity is like refusing to get chemotherapy because you want your body to be united with your cancerous tumor.
Private prisons are a cancer. But they fill up because they are there. Companies build them, and people come. No need for pesky voter approved bond financing of public works.
New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said the TPP contained dead rats every country had to swallow. American workers know they’ll be force-fed the dead rats while the TPP will serve corporations foie gras on silver platters.
The pundits are already dreading that the first Democratic presidential debate might feature an exchange of ideas rather than insults. The moderators will try to "fix that." Here are some program notes.
You may have heard about the "Cadillac tax" health insurance thing. What is it, and what are the arguments in favor of and against this tax?
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.
On trade, every Democratic presidential nominee has for the past three decades campaigned one way and governed another. Why does this keep happening? The answer is not money.
Bernie Sanders leads the field in our newly released scorecard, grading Democratic candidates relative to the Populism 2015 platform. Most striking: All the major candidates now embrace more populist positions.
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.