A small business owner in Washington, DC, working with the Main Street Alliance, explains how municipal universal family leave legislation is good for her employees, her customers, her business and the middle class.
"Tax cuts skewed toward the wealthy elite starve our communities of much-needed resources while further tilting the scales toward large corporations and the rich," says the Main Street Alliance of Donald Trump's tax plan.
Jason Furman, chair of the Council on Economic Advisors, argues that Obama “narrowed the inequality gap” more than any president in 50 years. But don’t take down the barricades. Inequality remains extreme and continues to widen.
If they win, Democrats will need to look across our generational, racial, and gender divides, toward the concerns and causes that unite us. Republicans are fighting a civil war. But then, so are we all.
At last week's massive outpouring at over 2,000 schools in over 200 cities, more than 100,000 people called attention to widespread problems in public schools and demanded new policies that prioritize quality education.
The victims in Flint are reaching out to other communities, hoping to organize grassroots groups and pressure government at all levels to remove the threat of lead and other contaminants from our drinking water.
It seems like a week can’t go by without Donald Trump saying something that offends. But his deep ignorance of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder risks spreading a calamitous lie about a disease shared by 24 million Americans.
President Obama issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose if they have violated rules protecting workers from abuses like wage theft. Now lobbyists for contractors are suing to block the rules.
Republican appointees can no longer be counted upon to uphold the law in a fair and even-handed manner. The nation is experiencing the fruits of a decades-long conservative assault on the concept of an independent judiciary.
A Student Debt Jubilee will right an injustice and affirm our core values. It is time to liberate 43 million Americans – along with their families, communities, and nation – from the crushing burden of student debt.
Trump condemns China for cheating on trade, but bought cheap Chinese steel and aluminum to construct his buildings in Chicago and Las Vegas. Would a President Trump use Chinese steel and aluminum in his U.S. infrastructure repair plan?
The brief and rare exchanges on ideas were revealing ... But the clash of ideas was a sideshow. This “debate” was an exchange of insults, egged on by the moderators. The only redeeming feature is that it will be hard to get lower than that.
Civil rights groups and policy statements from government officials have called for an end to the school-to-prison pipeline. But nothing will likely change for students until parents, educators and activists push at the local level
The newly released list of America's 400 richest only tells part of the story of just how staggeringly unequal the United States has become.
Bill Clinton's 20-year-old sexcapades are irrelevant to Hillary's ability to govern. If that counted, we’d have to downgrade the presidencies of at least half the guys who have served, and blame their wives in the bargain.
Regardless of how you feel about charter schools, be concerned about a new government outlay of a quarter-billion dollars to these schools. A federal audit warns the money is very likely to end up in private pockets.
The stagnation of wages for working people just happens to correspond with the introduction of the intentional "trade" deficit. The consequences for society are dangerous.
Contrary to industry lies, predatory payday loans do not provide access to credit. Instead, lenders take advantage of borrowers’ financial need to trap them in debt indefinitely.
If you who care about climate change and are thinking of casting a protest vote for Gary Johnson, fugetaboutit. And don't vote for Stein or abstain. The planet might not survive President Trump.
A groundswell of support for minimum wage ballot initiatives is creating opportunities for community groups to flex their electoral muscle and expand their power to shape politics and the economy for years to come.
The gap between how payday lenders advertise their product and the reality of taking out a payday loan is something the CFPB should be paying close attention to as they sift through the comments submitted by the public.
This week I spoke with Rep. Mark Pocan (D, WI) about an open letter to President Obama he is circulating to fellow members of Congress this week. It explains how the White House can address runaway drug costs by executive action.
Clinton’s problem—both in the Democratic primaries and in the general election—is that she is inescapably part of a political establishment that has failed Americans badly.
Donald Trump presents himself as a champion of blue-collar workers, and in particular talks about steelworkers a lot. He says, "Look at steel, it’s being wiped out." But don’t listen to the words; look at his acts.
Tuesday's vice-presidential debate offered moments of real contrast between the America that works for all promised by Democrat Hillary Clinton and the alt-right and tea-party policies of a Donald Trump administration.
The solution to stem an annual estimated loss of $100 billion in tax revenue is for Congress to end the "deferral" loophole and make these companies just pay the taxes they owe.
Republicans lacked foresight in 2004 on gay marriage. Today, they lack foresight on climate. And because of it, they risk losing even more voters, but this time, the wayward voters had long been part of the Republican base.
We're all today living in an epoch of epic squandering. And government, despite what Donald Trump would have us believe, isn't leading the way.
The press is in love with saying blue-collar workers are in love with Trump. But the AFL-CIO found fewer than a third of its members support Trump. That’s true in my union, the United Steelworkers, as well. Here are members explaining why.
Clinton's economic speech in Toledo, Ohio Monday wasn't perfect, and some will undoubtedly question her sincerity. But it showed just how far the candidate, and her party, have come in a very short time.
The public has to recognize the enormous progress that has been made with the Affordable Care Act so that the huge problems that remain in our health care system can be fixed.
This week Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI Action), Our Revolution (Bernie Sanders' group), and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) will hold a series of town hall meetings across Iowa.
Big-bank CEOs have presided over a cornucopia of criminality in recent years. And yet these top executives have managed to avoid being held accountable – legally, financially, and even socially – for their actions. Is that about to change?
Writer Maya Angelou once offered this sage advice: "If someone shows you who they really are, believe them." With his latest misogynistic attack on Alicia Machado, Donald Trump dives into the gutter to show us once again who he really is.
The "gig economy" means that big corporations make billionaires, while their workers are called "contractors" who have no rights and don't make squat. It's one more way the system has been rigged.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren threw the supposedly progressive framing of charter schools into doubt with her opposition to a ballot initiative to expand them in her state. Warren has good cause to oppose more charters.
I’m tired of news outlets saying again and again that Donald Trump is courting African-American voters. It’s quite clear that Trump is communicating about African Americans in order to court suburban and college-educated white voters.
The legal struggles for a permanent shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction continue. For indigenous people, the fight to halt the pipeline is about reviving a way of life.
Clinton may have reassured undecided moderates that Trump is dangerous and she’s the safer choice. But she didn't do enough to energize the base to turn out for her in large enough numbers to insure victory.
Robert Reich's address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, on "The Oddest Presidential Election in Living Memory," is a must hear. You will get insight from a veteran political figure who knows Washington inside and out.
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