Burning Issues: The Militarization of Foreign Aid

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.
Burning Issues Video

Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Dallas

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.

Republican Platform Tricks On Trade

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.

Progressive Groups Announce National Doorstep Convention

On the eve of the Republican National Convention, thousands of progressive volunteers are going door-to-door to counter politics of hate, and build support for economic and racial justice.
Terrance Heath
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Donald Trump: Superhero to Billionaires

Trump’s tax plan, his refusal to raise the minimum wage, his insistence that workers make too much all endear him to his fellow 1 percenters. With pledges like these, Trump plans to guarantee billionaires like him continue taking too much.
Leo Gerard

Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas Through A Father’s Eyes

The horrors we witnessed in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas are rooted in racism that has haunted our families for generations, and is perhaps at its deadliest when embodied in law enforcement and embedded in our communities.
Terrance Heath
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The Democratic Party Platform: Progress and Resistance

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.
Robert Borosage
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Don’t Stop the Revolution: The Sanders Movement After Orlando

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.
Richard Eskow
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Wingnut Week In Review: Selective Outrage

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.
Terrance Heath

Jobs Report: Change Still Needed

A reported 287,000 new jobs were created in June, erasing concerns that the economy might be cratering. But the cheery jobs figures can't mask the continuing need for change to make this economy work for working people.
Robert Borosage

Burning Issues: Fixing Our Policy In the Middle East

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.
Burning Issues Video

Democrats and the TPP: Who Speaks for the Future?

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.
Robert Borosage

61% “Uneasy” About Trump and International Trade

A new The Economist/YouGov poll asked "Are you confident or uneasy about the following presidential candidates’ ability to deal wisely with international trade?" The numbers might surprise you.
Bill Scher

Bernie-mentum Nudges Clinton Forward On Debt-Free College

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.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Inequality’s Getting Worse. How Do We End This?

At the start of the Independence Day weekend, we learned that income inequality in this country became even worse last year. Economic inequality produces scars that last a lifetime – and even longer. We must act.
Richard Eskow

Open Letter to Donald Trump’s Campaign

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.
Rev. William Barber

Billionaire Trump Claims Steelworker Status

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.
Leo Gerard
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For Vice President: Senator Jeff Merkley

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.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: The Benghazi Committee Takes A Bow

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.
Terrance Heath

What’s Next For The Progressive Movement?

As Bernie Sanders himself has tried to make clear, this is about more than one candidate, election cycle, or political moment. It’s about millions coming together to demand that we fundamentally restructure our society.

Philadelphia’s Forgotten Spirit of 1776

We all know what happened in the City of Brotherly Love 240 years ago on July 4. Maybe we should also pay some attention to what took place there two months later as we consider the state of our economic inequality.

A Sad And Shameful Day For Puerto Rico

Financial legislation passed by Congress solidifies what one Puerto Rican leader calls an "experiment in extreme capitalism" – one that is already having extreme consequences on the people who live on the island.
Isaiah J. Poole

Paul Ryan’s Sickening Obamacare Replacement

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.
Terrance Heath

Are Public Schools And Private Equity A Bad Mix?

Cities and towns are required to offer citizens a free education. That doesn’t mean that schools aren’t fair game for privatization. Detroit’s system incentivized a predatory sector to move into the city to get a good return on investment.
Jeff Bryant

Big Climate Win In The Senate, But The Battle Is Not Over

A Senate committee approves money for a climate fund. Deep down, Republicans seem to know that it is a political loser with the broad middle of the country to sabotage the president from acting on climate change.
Bill Scher

Dear Tony Blair: It’s Not the Pitch, It’s the Product.

Although Tony Blair laments the failure of the “political center,” the Brexit vote didn’t happen because he and his colleagues failed. It happened because they succeeded. Voters don't like the effects on either side of the Atlantic.
Richard Eskow

Paul Ryan’s Hot New Idea: More Rank Corporate Giveaways

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.
Jim Hightower

Veepstakes: Tim Kaine’s Troubles With The Left

Now Hillary Clinton knows what message a Sen. Tim Kaine nomination will send to Bernie Sanders voters; the question remains if that's the message she wants to send.
Bill Scher
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