A New Warning Against Taking Black and Brown Votes For Granted

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.
Isaiah J. Poole

GOP Tickles the Dragon’s Tail

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.

How Much Do We Hate Our Children?

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.
Jeff Bryant

Conservative Crybabies at Obama’s Last State of the Union

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.
Terrance Heath

Obama: The First Farewell

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.
Robert Borosage

MoveOn Political Action Endorses Bernie Sanders

"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.
Isaiah J. Poole

Millennials in Poll Fake Right, Go Left

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.
Isaiah J. Poole

GOP Vows Sickness and Ill-Health

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.
Leo Gerard

We’re Onto The Phony Education Reformers

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
Jeff Bryant

December Jobs Report: Island of Calm amid World’s Tumult

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.
Robert Borosage

Five Education Stories To Keep Your Eye On In 2016

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.
Jeff Bryant

Does Hillary Clinton Need To Distance Herself From Obama?

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.
Bill Scher

This Global Ruling Is Just Not Cool

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.
Jim Hightower

Bernie Sanders and ‘The Big Short’

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 Lawlessness in Oregon Must Not Stand

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.
Terrance Heath

Why Sanders’ Economic Plan Is Best For The 99 Percent

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.
Roger Hickey

They Don’t Really Care About Taxes, Folks

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.
Digby

The Economy in 2016: On the Edge of Recession

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.

2016: When the Voting Starts

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.
Robert Borosage

Wingnut Year In Review: Just In Time For The Holidays

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.
Terrance Heath

“Make America White Again”

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?
Digby

2015: The Year That Black Lives Mattered, At Last

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.”
Terrance Heath
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