Of course empathy is important and we should encourage it. But President Obama's statement in Dallas on Wednesday fell short by not addressing the implicitly racist system within which police operate.
So here we are, once again, with calls from all quarters for dialogue across the racial divide. But while our narratives and debates about good cops and rogue cop are important, they are entirely insufficient.
Senate Democrats are planning to roll out a package of moderately incremental campaign finance reform proposals they call the "We the People" plan.
Concerned progressive groups gathered more than a million signatures asking the president to do this, and so far he has not. So Wednesday, they urged voters to make a call in order to send a message to the White House.
A professor's provocative assertion that they found "no evidence whatsoever that voters are biased against female candidates" demands a reality check – and more women running for office regardless of whether bias exists.
On Monday I was arrested at the U.S. Capitol building. It’s been years since I engaged in civil disobedience. But I am just one of millions of people in America who want to stop the growing attacks on our democracy.
The daughter of Donald Trump complained of New York's "onerous rules" that will keep her from voting in the Republican primary. But New York isn't even on the list of states that have recently added onerous voting restrictions.
Wisconsin Republicans are disenfranchising citizens with laws designed to discourage voting by groups that might vote for Democrats. How will this affect Tuesday’s primary?
The bills in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and other states expose a growing rift between “business-friendly” Republicans and religious conservatives that GOP leadership must bridge and families like mine must navigate.
Tuesday's 4-4 split does not end the fight over whether unions can assess fair share fees to all workers benefiting from union representation. Corporate conservatives will engineer another case attacking unions.
Who was Berta Cáceres, why was she murdered in Honduras and, most importantly, why should that matter in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign? Mark Weisbrot explains in the latest in our video series.
The GOP is expressing deep derision for 65 million Americans who voted to re-elect Barack Obama and for the American democratic process by obstructing the duly elected U.S. President from fulfilling his Constitutional obligations.
If Kim Foxx wins in the general election for Cook County, Ill., state's attorney, that would mean a grassroots progressive-backed advocate would be in place to do battle against a long history of police misconduct.
As primaries are held in cities that have some of the worst racial disparities in the country, is the key issue that Bernie Sanders is promising more than he can deliver, or is it that we as voters are not demanding enough?
The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of a Texas anti-abortion law (HB 2). This case is the result of a constitutional crisis, and the court's ruling will determine whether or not that crisis is resolved.
Normally (and according to the Constitution) the process is that the President nominates a new justice, the Senate holds hearings, and there is a vote to confirm that nominee or not. According to the Constitution, that’s their job.
The confrontation over selecting a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court shows how politicized our courts have become, exposing judicial decisions as political choices rather than legal ones.
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.
Many say we should "run government like a business" and "save money" by "cutting spending" and "making government smaller." Does this work? Do we really save money?
A court ruling concerning North Carolina's congressional districts is a striking echo of the rising call for political reforms from presidential candidates and popular movements across the country.
Getting the names and faces of hedge fund billionaires before the public can help us tell a vivid story of what’s gone wrong with our economy and our politics — and help us build a movement to slice away at that billionaire power.
Die-hard segregationists hurled the accusation at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that he was an “outside agitator.” Here's how he owned that accusation, and left us a message about the value of agitators.
The year is beginning with a number of active grassroots campaigns coast to coast fighting to make American democracy fairer and to give more voice to average voters.
Democrats should demand that the Democratic National Committee schedule several more debates and schedule them at a time when most people can and will watch.
In keeping with the figgy-pudding and potato latke traditions of the holidays, here’s a recipe for delivering joy to the workers so that they can spread holiday merriment:
Television news has gone off its rocker. The networks have grasped Donald Trump to their collective bosom like the winner of one of those misogynistic, televised beauty pageants he owns.
Republicans put a surprise sneak-law into the big, last-minute “Omnibus” budget bill: it bans the administration from making companies and “charities” disclose who is putting up the bribe money money for political campaigns.
Inversions, promoted by Wall Street banks that pocketed $1 billion in fees, are the newest gimmick in a long-term trend that has eroded America’s corporate tax base – brought to you by a bought-off Congress.
Sen. Ted Cruz steadfastly opposed a path to citizenship, and voted against the bill that Sen. Marco Rubio supported. Yet somehow their positions are basically the same?
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.
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.
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.
“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 vast majority of the House voted to keep the government in operation, even with Planned Parenthood funding. This is all about what the House is allowed to vote on, not what the majority wants.
Money talks. Hillary Clinton is doing a whirl of big-dollar fundraisers, pushing to top Bernie Sanders' grassroots fundraising totals. Bernie isn't just surging in the polls, he's faring well in the money primary.
Conservatives hoped and expected Pope Francis would praise their hard-line opposition to abortion, contraception and LGBT rights. But they could not have been more disappointed in what he actually said.
We cram more and more people into solitary confinement, and opportunities for meaningful education and rehabilitation are scarce. The Pope offers us a chance to get it right.
Once upon a time, presidential contenders and their political parties raised the funds needed to pay for the campaigns. How quaint. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court’s meddling in the democratic process, corporations have taken charge.