Trump claims his Superfund cuts of more than $300 million will make toxic cleanups more efficient. But every budget reduction over the past decade has reduced the number of sites cleaned up, and increased the time required to complete them.
Research shows there is a direct correlation between what we spend on schools and how well our students perform. But our elected leaders continue to slash taxes instead, and redirect more funds to unfounded experiments like charter schools.
The right to vote is under threat for millions of people. If we do not act now to defend and restore our voting rights, progressives will be hard-pressed to win in 2018 and beyond.
Will Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare pave the way to Medicare for All? Only if progressives force the debate. Now is the time for progressives to educate, enlist and take on the entrenched interests that stand in the way.
So many Republican leaders find ways to justify living with our society's growing injustices, and even to make them worse. There’s no polite way to say it: they suffer from a sickness of the soul.
In defending her budget, Education Sec. Betsy DeVos refuses to answer whether, under her watch, federal dollars would go to schools denying admittance to African-American and LGBTQ students.
Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget redefines America. No longer the land of opportunity, it would be a place of welfare for the rich. For the rest, Trump’s budget converts America the beautiful into America the hellish hole.
We were told hydrofracking would lead to energy independence and end wars for oil. Homeland Security? I don't think so. Instead, oil and gas companies now want to export our energy reserves to boost their own profits.
Any renegotiation of NAFTA must include replacing the ISDS corporate court system, which tilts the playing field in favor of multinational capital, with strong standards that protect workers and the environment in every country.
Montana's Greg Gianforte and Ryan Zinke are are among the Republican lawmakers who feel empowered by President Trump to go out and take public lands for private use. Many Americans will make sure this doesn't happen, and here's why.
There’s broad agreement in our country, and across party lines, that we need more good jobs and to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The good news is there is a plan to get us there, but it's not the one Trump wants us to back.
Contrary to what some might have expected, the universe did not explode in an antimatter fireball when these two opposites came together. Nevertheless, the Pope’s dissatisfaction, and their different views of justice, are plain to see.
We need to do more than assail the heartless new Trump administration budget. We need to understand its deep roots in our chronic and continuing maldistribution of income and wealth, and the ways we justify this inequality to ourselves.
Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget raises a long, fat middle finger to the working class voters who helped to put him in office; it's a stunning betrayal. Far worse is that it opens the door for Republicans in Congress to do extreme damage.
Betsy DeVos wants to give your tax dollars to private schools and businesses, and tell you it's an education "transformation." She's eager to "get Washington and the Federal bureaucracy out of the way," but she wants you to pay for it.
The Trump administration's 2018 budget proposal makes plain its vision for America: one where the sick, children, families and the disabled are sacrificed for tax breaks for the very wealthiest and giveaways to trillion-dollar corporations.
Joe Padilla and Egle Malinauskaite are part of a group marching 200 miles from Chicago to the Illinois State Legislature in Springfield. They hope to break a logjam that has kept Illinois without a state budget for more than two years.
They're proposing bold ideas - but not bold enough. Democrats need to take on the billionaires and corporate interests that have suborned democracy and hijacked our economy if they want to win back voters.
The House’s American Health Care Act does more than roll back Obamacare: it ends a Medicaid program that works. It’s the single most effective form of “government” insurance that secures health care options for 62.3 million Americans.
The Los Angeles City Attorney says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was key to holding Wells Fargo accountable during the bank's massive fake accounts scandal. Now is the time to stand up to the GOP's assault against the agency.
On Earth Day, Trump tweeted that "Economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!” His message was eerily similar to assertions in developing countries that environmental standards are less important than attracting jobs.
President Trump signed an executive order to slash the nearly $8.8 billion the U.S. spends annually to fight deadly diseases. The callous move makes millions around the world more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
American taxpayers subsidize windfalls for executives at low-wage employers like Walmart by helping them avoid paying $6.2 billion in benefits. Here’s a promising idea from across the pond that could help reverse how the subsidies flow.
The Trump administration plans to cut programs for low-income school kids and college students to stoke the coffers of privately-operated schools and private lenders who profit from college debts.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for backtracking on promises the new administration would support breaking up the big banks, calling his doublespeak "bizarre" and "straight out of George Orwell."
Civil rights attorney Larry Krasner's successful bid to become Democratic candidate for Philadelphia DA is a major victory for social movements fighting for racial and economic justice. Here are five takeaways from his win.
Democratic Party luminaries say they want “new, fresh, bold, provocative ideas that can move us forward.” But when they gathered this week, they found it hard to focus on jobs, climate and how to get big money out of our politics.
Attorney Larry Krasner, the most progressive candidate in Philadelphia's seven-way Democratic primary election for District Attorney, won the race on an unprecedented campaign to end mass incarceration and defend civil rights and liberties.
To promote its socially conservative view of marriage and the family – especially its opposition to marriage equality – the Bradley Foundation has been pushing the work of a discredited researcher with some very strange ideas.
That a reporter in the United States can now be arrested for doing his job, asking a public official about public business in a public place, should send a chill of dread through the heart of every person in this country.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told the Senate he would firmly enforce trade law. That’s good, because he must stop China’s stealth invasion of the entire U.S. aluminum industry.
Donald Trump will choose the next FBI director. We can't change that. But we have the power to imagine a nation run on principles of economic and social justice. That can, and should, include the FBI and its new leader.
By purging minorities from voting rolls, Kris Kobach, Co-Chair of Trump's "Election Integrity" Commission, may have done more to steal the election for Republicans than Comey and Putin combined. Now he's getting ready to do it again.
Over fifty years ago, my great-grandmother Birdia Keglar marched in Selma with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, I join marchers from Chicago to Springfield as we demand a budget for Illinois that puts people and planet first.
The firing of James Comey from the FBI raises fundamental questions we need to ask now. Why do we have a federal police agency? How should its mission be defined? And, what kind of person should run it?
A new national campaign is bringing Black mothers home from jail so they can celebrate Mother's Day with their families, and seeking to end the injustices of money bail, which incarcerates many just for being poor.
On almost every measure, Trump is making life worse for the working class. His stunts and boasts claim credit for new jobs, but these stunts cover the reality: Trump is shafting the very working people who supported him.
The truth about how health care saves lives is pouring out at Town Hall meetings across the country. Michigan's Ed Weberman tells how the Affordable Care Act saved his son’s life, and how it inspires him to fight to save others' lives, too.
Proponents of school choice claim it's not about results. Choice is for choice's sake, they say. But choices parents make about their children's education don’t just affect their children; they affect us all.
Paul Ryan, Tom Price and other Republican Party leaders resort to lying about the facts of the health care repeal they hope to drive through the Senate. That's because the facts of this repeal are simply repugnant, and morally indefensible.
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