The next president and Congress needs to make an audit of the Defense Department a top priority to root out waste and what the Project on Government Oversight's Danielle Brian calls "legalized corruption."
A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about the "dying" middle class. It's dying, but not from natural causes. It's being killed. What – and, for that matter, who – is responsible?
Colombia is allowing a generic form of a cancer drug that is ultraexpensive thanks to a government-granted monopoly granted to a giant, multinational pharmaceutical corporation.
Something that is costing each American family on average $3,400 a year is worth at least a few minutes of discussion – and that something is our inadequate national investment in our infrastructure.
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign says that selecting a well-known white nationalist as one of its delegates in California, was due to a “technical error.” But it was really Trump’s campaign showing its true colors, again.
The only uncertainty would be how the billions in tax giveaways to billionaires would be delivered: hand-delivered and wrapped in gold-plated bows, or directly wired from government coffers to their offshore accounts.
Silicon Valley's tech companies create billionaires and magnificently reward the "investor class," but they give little or nothing back to the surrounding communities and country.
Critics of the Iran nuclear deal have stepped up their opposition, but there are clear successes that supporters need to keep elevating, says Kate Gould of the Friends Committee on National Legislation in this Burning Issues video.
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders should emphasize their proposals to federally enforce comprehensive parental and sick leave as one way to connect with younger voters.
Frontline educators are committed to students and satisfied with schools but are deeply frustrated with how they’re being treated. The discontent is the continuation of a long and alarming trend that has negative effects on students.
Do laid-off workers stay where they are, or do they move to look for jobs, competing with people elsewhere, thereby lowering everyone's wages? There is a simple way to check.
What we should have learned from the 1930s is that the first responsibility of anyone who seeks to lead a democracy should be to make sure that democratic governance provides economic justice and economic security.
Several watchdog groups note that the Obama administration's proposed rules on disclosure of the people behind now-secret shell companies won't deal with existing companies, and offer a road map for evasion.
House Republicans proposed addressing Puerto Rico's debt crisis by cutting the pensions of retirees and cutting the pay of low-wage workers – to protect wealthy bondholders who gambled on the island's finances.
Democrats should not be complacent about the threat of Donald Trump, but neither should they revert to panic at the sight of a single poll. Always beware of outliers.
We should challenge the practice of recent presidents, including President Obama, of using arms sales to further foreign policy interests, says William Hartung of the Center for International Policy in this Burning Issues video.
Bernie Sanders won West Virginia big last night. Even in the face of a mainstream media essentially declaring the race over, voters in the West Virginia Democratic primary chose Sanders -- and sent a message to Democrats.
Two reports reinforce one of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's chief attack lines against competitor Bernie Sanders: that his "numbers don't add up" and that he is making promises "that cannot be kept."
A week after Ted Cruz’s defended it in a failed attempt to boost his presidential bid, the battle over North Carolina’s anti-LGBT “bathroom bill” is exposing fissures in the conservative movement.
"I think I'll get a lot of his supporters" Donald Trump said on CNN of Bernie Sanders voters. A few seconds earlier, Trump smeared Sanders, saying he "could be beyond a socialist." That sums up his problem.
A backlash against so-called free trade is evident in the groundswell of support for insurgent presidential candidates on the left and right who denounce these failed policies. The first victim of this uprising should be the proposed TPP.
Can we conquer disease without concentrating wealth in a precious few pockets? Not-so-distant American history offers a clear and encouraging answer. The victory over polio a half-century ago created no billionaires.
Donald Trump has a trick he likes to use when he wants to communicate two different messages to two different constituencies: incoherence. It doesn't take much to expose incoherence, yet it seems to flummox media headline writers.
A CSX freight train derailed in Washington, D.C. last week. To be fair, our society has been consistently indifferent to railway accidents everywhere. But each is a warning.
As the media erupt in fury over Donald Trump's comments on the debt, it is worth taking the opportunity to remind people that the interest burden on the national debt is near a post-World War II low.
The F-35 fighter place exemplifies how tax dollars are wasted at the Pentagon and how "political engineering" makes a project "too big to fail," Project on Government Oversight's Mandy Smithberger explains in this Burning Issues video.
Candidate Clinton not only committed to opposing TPP before and after the election, she said "we need a fundamental rethink of how we approach trade deals going forward."
This week saw the end of both Ted Cruz’s and John Kasich’s presidential campaigns, as well as the death of modern conservatism — killed off by a guy who bears more than a passing resemblance to an Oompa Loompa.
Is his recent minimum wage comment a real shift in position? Is he breaking with conservative orthodoxy? Is he showing that deep down, he truly has working people's interests at heart? Nope, nope, and nope.
The Labor Department reports continued but slowing jobs growth, on the heels of a Federal Reserve report that the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.5 percent in the first quarter. The stock market is back, but the people aren't.
A bill introduced by a Republican in Congress would cut the availability of federally subsidized lunches to hungry children in public schools. The bill is still in committee, but it’s not too early to tell Congress you oppose this.
A new regulation proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau restores the right of banking and credit card customers to have their day in court and hold companies accountable for their wrongdoing.
The Korean free trade agreement was sold with promises of jobs and increased exports. The opposite happened; the damaging trade deficit doubled. The vastly larger Trans-Pacific Partnership is being sold with the same promises.
Presidential candidates who emphasize closing the federal spending deficit are ignoring a more important investment deficit, argues William Spriggs, chief economist for the AFL-CIO, in this Burning Issues video.
The Verizon worker's strike is about a lot more than just the contract between Verizon and its workers. This is about all of us and our relationships with these giant corporations.
The Supreme Court this week set a strong positive precedent for supporters of a $15 federal minimum wage. Now the Fight for $15 moves to Washington in a big way – on both its political and its commercial corridors.
Today, President Obama is visiting Flint, Michigan for the first time since state officials revealed that the city’s water was contained with lead. Here are seven things the president should say when he speaks to the nation from Flint.
Modern American Conservatism died last night at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It was 35 years old. Myriad diseases in conservatism's early adulthood were devastating and eventually proved to be irrevocable.
The trade deficit news sets up this message: "We're not going to let ... all of these companies just think that they can move, go to another country, make their product, sell it back to us and we get only one thing, unemployment."
Bernie Sanders sweeps to victory in Wonder bread Indiana. Donald Trump blows Ted Cruz out of the Republican race. The Donald is officially the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. And Sanders shows he still has some legs left.
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