Steve Phillips challenges Democrats and progressives to stop seeing people of color as "nuisances who need to be silenced for fear of alienating White swing voters" and instead as essential to the progressive coalition.
After years of flirting with America’s right wing and egging on a growing rage, the GOP establishment is "shocked" by Trump's success -- and scrambling to save face.
Americans say they care about the well-being of kids. But it’s increasingly harder to see that sentiment reflected in policy. But there are recent examples of adults taking actions in the best interest of children.
This is an old-style of politicking. Misleading people by misrepresenting the policy positions in this way borders on a character attack instead of contrasting policy positions.
Crybabies. That’s the perfect word to describe conservatives' reaction to President Obama’s final State of the Union address — as well as the official GOP response by South Carolina governor Nikki Haley.
"It's going to be a campaign issue," says an activist and homeowner who is among those who will be hurt by a Koch brothers-backed push to make home solar power adoption prohibitively expensive.
Tuesday's State of the Union turned into President Obama's first farewell, and an occasion to offer both a common-sense corrective to the campaign trail's hysteria and to reprise some of his favorite themes.
"This vote was not only decisive, but participation was broad-based, with more ballots cast than any other endorsement vote in MoveOn's history," says MoveOn's executive director.
In a poll of people between the ages of 18-29, more identified as conservative on economic policy issues than liberal. But in several areas, majorities sided more with progressives.
Will the President provide a positive, progressive message for the future in his last State of the Union address, or will he continue to push the wildly unpopular, corporate/Wall Street-written Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
"The Big Short" -- Adam McKay's movie, based on Michael Lewis book about the housing and credit bubble that triggered the Great Recession -- shows why Bernie Sanders's plan to break up big banks and reinstate Glass-Steagall is necessary.
Republicans have been trying to repeal Obamacare for five years. They’ve made no effort to patch the gaping hole that would leave behind because they believe Americans who get cancer and don't have health insurance are on their own.
If the corporate/billionaire class gets its way — and it looks like they will — the terrible inequality you see in the country today is nothing compared to what’s coming.
In our deeply unequal times, historian Edward O’Donnell reminds us, the life of the 19th century’s most important critic of concentrated wealth remains as relevant as ever.
Two recent cases demonstrate the danger to democratic government from investor-state dispute provisions in trade agreements. It appears it is President Obama who was “absolutely wrong” about the dangers of TPP.
After years of attacks on teachers and public education, Americans are catching up to the real story in our schools. 2015 was the year that forever transformed the hegemonic control so-called reformers have had on education policy
In Iowa, grassroots leaders asked tough questions of Democratic presidential candidates Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders about actual solutions to poverty and the other struggles facing real Americans.
When President Obama introduced his executive actions on gun control, he wept as he talked about Sandy Hook Elementary. Wingnuts couldn’t understand why he would still cry over 20 dead first graders.
The Freidrichs case is not just about unions; it is also setting up an argument against separation of church and state.
The December Labor Department jobs report shows private sector jobs increased for a record 70th month. The question is how long this steady, slow growth can continue in a world in increasing turmoil.
When you hear the rhetoric from the Jack Kemp Foundation's "Expanding Opportunity" forum Saturday, it pays to watch what conservatives have done to low-income people, not what they say.
With the Democratic National Committee sanctioning so few presidential debates, progressive activists in Iowa this Saturday have organized their own presidential forum in Des Moines – "Putting Families First."
The year is beginning with a number of active grassroots campaigns coast to coast fighting to make American democracy fairer and to give more voice to average voters.
The Supreme Court has again decided to reconsider "settled law." The goal is to bankrupt public employee unions by denying them funding for services they are legally bound to provide to every worker – including nonmembers.
Keep an eye this year on competitive governor races, more charter school controversy, the Friedrichs Supreme Court case, the Chicago teachers strike, and the ongoing resistance to testing.
GOP operative Ed Rogers says "this is shaping up to be a change election, and nothing about a Clinton candidacy offers change." But are voters that dissatisfied with the Obama presidency? The numbers don't back it up.
They say that if you get up in the morning and swallow a live toad, nothing worse will happen to you for the rest of the day. Well, we Americans have just been fed a live toad by the World Trade Organization.
This enormous, humongous trade deficit sucked a quarter of a percent from quarterly economic growth and will continue to drag down job prospects, wages and living standards.
The economy suffers from lack of demand. How do you increase demand in an economy? With jobs that pay well. How do you get jobs to pay well? Maintain our infrastructure.
After watching "The Big Short" and talking to viewers, it’s hard to argue against Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ demands to increase taxes on the billionaires and break up the banks.
Right-wing extremists have upped the ante in Oregon. The Feds have a chance to get it right this time and make it clear that criminals — even those with white faces and cowboy hats — will face consequences.
"Under my administration, Wall Street CEOs will no longer receive a get-out-of jail free card," Sanders says just blocks from Wall Street. "Big banks will not be too big to fail. Big bankers will not be too big to jail."
Bernie Sanders offers the best economic plan for the middle class. And he has shown that he is willing to challenge the Republican Party’s rhetoric, rather than offer a pale reflection of it.
Republicans don't have to run on lower tax rates for the middle class. They just have promise to stick it to the "others" whether it's denying benefits or a path to citizenship, deportation, abusive policing, long prison sentences.
Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good, but I expect the U.S. economy to sputter in 2016. That’s because the economy faces a deep structural problem: not enough demand for goods and services it's capable of producing.
Democrats should demand that the Democratic National Committee schedule several more debates and schedule them at a time when most people can and will watch.
The posturing and meaningless polls are behind us. Finally, the presidential race heads towards the first primaries. Real people cast real votes. For progressives, 2016 may well be an interesting time.
Are you dreading another holiday dinner with a talkative right-wing relative or two? If you’re getting heartburn from the thought of dinner with a side of right-wing, here’s a year’s worth of wingnuttia to shut them up.
What if angry working class whites aren't attracted to Trump because of economic anxiety? What if their “anxiety” is really just about simple racism — the fact that people they believe are inferior to them are becoming equal in society?
This was the year that #BlackLivesMatter mattered. It arrived precisely at a moment of crisis that called for a movement that values and demands respect above respectability, and doesn't hesitate to disrupt “business as usual.”