In the late 70s the country was told that "protectionism" is bad for the economy and was sold "free trade" as a way to bring prosperity and jobs. "Laid-off workers would be "freed up" to get better jobs. Well, they never got better jobs
Despite Donald Trump's constant harping on how bad our veterans are treated, we do pretty well overall. Homelessness is a glaring exception. Although declining slightly in the past two years, it’s way too high, especially for female vets.
The economic and human crisis of what is happening across America is real. It makes sense that people are scared, angry and desperate for change. The work in front of us is mammoth – and we are committed.
I've seen firsthand how Donald Trump builds a wall of myths between American communities, in an effort to prevent people of different races and cultures from seeing their common foes. We have the power to tear down that wall.
If the the Republican rank-and-file can break with Trump, and Trumpism, Republican leaders will be more able to reposition and compete in 21st century America. But that is the most likely scenario.
As the steel industry collapsed in the 1990s, I found some lawmakers true to their word. Hillary Clinton was one. She never let workers down. Steel is in crisis again. I want a President I know I can trust to help workers. That is Clinton.
The young people we met during our #BestOfUs2016 tour, working hard to encourage others to vote and stay politically engaged in a sometimes thankless environment, represent a bright spot in an often bleak election cycle.
A racially-mixed neighborhood in Lancaster, Pa., contains many residents anxious to vote and in particular to record their rejection of the policies that Donald Trump would promote if he became president.
Donald Trump has called on his supporters to “monitor” polling places. Congress gutted the Voting Rights Act. What can you do? Here is some important information to keep on hand tomorrow as you head to the polls.
Have you been keeping your own personal list of issues that should have received some attention in this year’s election campaigns but didn’t? Here’s one issue you may have overlooked: America’s incredible housing squeeze.
We were all strangers once, all except the first people of this land. Some of us can’t remember that because we’re too consumed with hate, or fear, or anger, or ambition. But it’s true. We were all strangers once.
Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been a real-life preview of what Donald Trump means for communities of color. But the county also offers a preview of how citizen action to reclaim power can work.
A lot is at stake in tomorrow's election, but as the New York Times reports, the big war in Massachusetts is not about who will be president but what will happen to the state's number of charter schools.
Trump, Clinton, and their respective supporters have been framing the issue as a debate over whose actions are worse. But to morally condemn individual acts of sexual assault while ignoring gendered inequality in general is wrong.
During the #BestOfUs2016 tour in Reno, Nev., a student organizer and immigrant from Ghana offers a clear-eyed understanding of why we have to move from discouragement to engagement on ElactionDay and beyond.
Gloria Steinem said that in the voting booth, everyone is equal. But the rest of America hasn't gotten that message. That's why women need to turn out in greater numbers than ever on Election Day.
Across Indian Country there are rallies, phone banks, forums, and social media pitches that are repeating one message, vote. Native American voters can make the difference in key states from the presidential race to county commissions.
In normal times a trade deficit of $36.4 billion in a single month would be met with outrage, headlines, speeches, torches and pitchforks. In these abnormal times we're only getting the torches and pitchforks -- also known as Trump voters.
Major national newspapers published editorials criticizing the NAACP's call for a moratorium on charter schools. These editorials have got it wrong. Here’s what everyone needs to know about charter schools
We need smart climate solutions now. Zero-carbon energy sources? Yes. Clean mass transit? Definitely. But Washington state’s Initiative 732 -- a so-called “ambitious” carbon tax on the ballot next week -- won’t deliver.
Diverse groups of working people that could become a new coalition for change. Where are the reports that speak to, and for, them?
Bizarrely, first thing after this election is over, President Obama, the Republican leaders of the House and Senate and the business lobby are planning to launch a full-court press to drive the TPP through a lame-duck session of Congress.
CCA has now followed competitors like the “Management and Training Corporation” by adopting a name that hides its true nature. If you can't even mention your industry in your company’s name, it's probably time for a new line of work.
Frustrated by lack of media coverage of serious policy issues in this year's presidential election? Look down ballot for contests about education. There are plenty of contests determining who controls schools and how we fund them
"I worked with the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization pursuing justice for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. Today, I bring my expertise to organizations in Lancaster."
Even as they push hard to get Clinton elected, Progressive Senators and organizations are gearing up to influence her future appointments. This has rendered Wall Street apoplectic -- which proves how important it is.
We're using the days before our wedding to do an extreme road trip – five states in five days – to uncover the love story that we believe is the future of American democracy.
Senator Schumer is said to be pushing for a huge, huge corporate tax break, which would reward the largest tax-dodgers for dodging taxes. “Liberals” need to kill this toxic giveaway scheme in the bud.
A new report from the People's Action Institute documents the real cost of living in the United States. We discussed the report with its author, Allyson Fredericksen.
If there's one House race that encapsulates the hopes of the Bernie Sanders revolution, it is the race for the currently Republican-held open seat in upstate New York's 19th congressional district.
Trump likes to claim that he would be “great for the veterans,” but veterans like me know better. I served in Iraq as an Army Combat Medic and saw first hand the stakes of the decisions that will be made by our next Commander-in-Chief.
Economist Dean Baker discussed his new book, “Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer.” Our conversation focused on one aspect of the “rigged" game: trade.
America’s top earners could be rushing to maximize their 2016 income after Election Day in November. But what happens next will be what really matters.
Fearing they could not win fair and square, Republicans took steps to prevent young, old, black and Hispanic people – people likely to vote Democratic – from reaching the polls. This GOP Frankenstein threatens democracy itself.
We should give fair warning to trade-surplus countries that the free ride is ending. They will have to buy more from us if they want to keep selling as much to us.
Here's one example of how progressives in states like Maine are working to heal the divisions of wedge politics practiced by Donald Trump and by far-right politicians across the nation.
In the latest video from the Main Street Alliance, Mike Price of New Jersey tells the story of why he wouldn't let his Price Communications go into business with Donald Trump's Atlantic City casinos.
The Treasury Department is in the process of trying to close a loophole in the tax law that dilutes the impact of an estate tax that already affects only a tiny percentage of the very rich. Of course, the proposed rules are under attack.
Republicans who say that Obamacare's problems are caused by “big government” have it exactly backward. Government isn’t the problem here. It’s the solution.
This week young people from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation went to the Clinton campaign's New York City headquarters to demand that "this pipeline be stopped. It is our land, it is our water, it is our future."
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