It's Demagoguery 101: Terrify, then reassure. Threaten people with destruction, then reassure them with the warm embrace of your fatherly arms. It’s what kidnappers do to instill Stockholm syndrome in their prisoners. Trump’s good at it.
Mike Pence has implemented many of the same education policies Democrats have promoted for years. But in calling out Pence as an "extremist," is Hillary Clinton signaling there may be shifts in her party’s education agenda?
The ouster of Fox News chief Roger Ailes, brought on by a long history of sexual harassment, portends big changes for the network he created — and the party it has consumed.
Having used opposition to our country's bad trade policies to secure the Republican nomination, Donald Trump appears to be snuggling up to the very establishment and Wall Street elites he pretended to be running against.
America saw a divided party last night, though what it was divided over wasn't evident if you haven't been paying close attention. They are mainly divided over whether the party should accept America's multiculturalism or fight it.
Reports say Hillary Clinton will announce her vice presidential choice on Friday, and rumors that she’s going with a “safe” pick should worry Democrats. In this political climate, "safety" could put her candidacy in serious danger.
Tuesday was "Make America Work Again" day at the Republican convention. The Republican prescription for jobs was, as always, tax cuts for the rich and corporations.
Trump’s reactions to the slaughter of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the recordings of police killings of black men, and the massacre in Orlando showed he’s a businessman with a heart of stone, a man who would widen the country's divides
Teddy Roosevelt proclaimed that in exercising power, the U.S. should "talk softly and carry a big stick." In contrast, each time there's a terror attack, Donald Trump speaks loudly, while his small fingers are wrapped around a tiny stick.
What Rudy Giuliani did for New York City, and what Donald Trump promises to do for America, will only make things more dangerous for Americans — both for the police, and for those being policed.
When Donald Trump’s Republican Party convenes in Cleveland, three shadows will haunt the arena. If you look carefully, you're sure to see them. If you’re not afraid, you don’t know your history.
The same week that Democrats advanced the most progressive platform in the party’s history, Republicans crafted a platform that effectively rejects the 21st century.
In appeasing the extreme right by choosing Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump reveals how he hopes to secure enough votes to win the presidency — and how he may have to govern to satisfy the GOP base.
Thousands of volunteers throughout the country will go door to door this weekend to talk with voters about their values, and about coming together to take a stand against hate and for a bold, progressive economic agenda.
Jim Zogby, a member of the Democratic Party platform committee, predicts in this Burning Issues video "another difficult four years" for Palestinians as a result of the platform's stance on Israel.
Democratic candidates need to align the Democratic platform and publicly declare themselves opposed to TPP, as Hillary has done -- again. Make sure that what people are saying about TPP having no chance of passing is true.
When Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton Tuesday in New Hampshire, he made the case that the political revolution that has begun to build must now turn its attention to defeating Donald Trump. He got that right.
A dramatic shift in foreign aid spending to the Defense Department has created significant risks for U.S. diplomacy and peacemaking, says Colby Goodman of the Center for International Policy in this Burning Issues video.
The draft of the Republican Party platform at first glance sounds pretty good when it comes to trade. But what would Republicans actually do if elected? Watch what they do, not what they say.
The Democratic Party platform committee met in Orlando over the weekend. Sanders forces gained new progress on affordable college, health care and the $15.00 minimum wage. Resistance continued over the TPP and climate reforms.
Bernie Sanders’ "political revolution" scored impressive wins in the Democratic Party’s draft platform, which ABC News calls “exceptionally progressive." This new movement has already had a major impact, with more battles to come.
Three shootings made national news this week. Most Americans were outraged by all three. However, conservatives were outraged by one, and silent about the other two.
Many are saying that this year's Democratic platform may be the most progressive the party has ever had. But is it progressive on education? Let's weigh the evidence.
U.S. interventions in the Middle East over the past decades have been a clear failure by any measure, and we need a new direction, military expert Andrew Bacevich says in this Burning Issues video.
The answer to the question "Does this language really matter?" doesn’t lie with Hillary Clinton, or Debbie Wasserman Schultz, or the Democratic Party as an institution. It lies with the people themselves.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have said they oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Democratic Party platform deliberations in Orlando this weekend should reflect this by going on the record against a rigged "lame-duck" vote.
Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Yet President Obama insists that the party platform take no position on the TPP. This weekend Democrats will decide who speaks for the future.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announces changes to her college affordability plan that closely tracks a key component of the platform challenger Bernie Sanders put forward in his race for the Democratic nomination.
Your campaign does not represent the politics of Lincoln, the call of justice, or the ethics of Biblical evangelicalism. Instead, your campaign presents an extremist philosophy of hate, greed, racism, classism, and xenophobia.
President Obama’s pushing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is recklessly irresponsible politics that benefits Donald Trump. He must be made to realize that every time he pushes TPP, he might as well be campaigning for Trump.
Trump, who brags, “I am really rich,” wants to climb out of his luxury sky box and sit in the nosebleed seats with hardworking Rust-Belters who sweat over mortgage payments. It’s a joke. It’s a British royalist claiming to be a colonist.
Hillary Clinton is now deciding on her running mate. Dozens of potential names are mentioned. Too often the lists omit the name of the one person most fit for the job: Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. Let's look at the politics.
It took Republicans four years, over $7 million, eight congressional investigations, 11 hours grilling Hillary Clinton, and 800 pages to admit that Clinton was not at fault in Benghazi attack. But that doesn’t mean it's over.
Donald Trump is a fraud, but Democrats will have to prove that they oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership and will fix previous trade deals. They can start by opposing TPP in the party platform.
After six years, and more than 60 votes to repeal health care reform, Paul Ryan and House Republicans have come up with a GOP alternative to Obamacare that’s guaranteed to make millions of Americans sick.
Some were excited when Speaker Ryan called a major press conference to present his idea for fixing the economy. But, sheesh. The House speaker's "economic agenda" would fix the economy in the same way a vet fixes your dog.
Instead of listening to voices inside the Pentagon calling for more military muscle against China, we should continue President Obama's policy of "strategic patience," Lawrence Korb says in this Burning Issues video.
The lesson here is that we must do everything we can to fight the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and demand our government renegotiate the rest of the "trade" agreements the corporations got us into.
The name Donald Trump is synonymous with the words “You’re fired!” He made money by brutally, publicly taking people’s jobs from them. And he clearly enjoyed it. Donald Trump is no jobs candidate.
The Democratic platform writing committee has voted not to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The problem is, this hands powerful ammunition to Donald Trump.