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.”
The EPA's Clean Power Plan is America's main tool for complying with the Paris agreement. States have until Sept. 6 to submit a plan that qualifies for extra federal support. Your mission: get your state to comply and submit a strong plan.
2015 marked a year of change in a progressive direction. And the country is solidly behind this move. Just look at Saturday’s (near-secret) Democratic debate.
Martin Shkreli, the former hedge-fund manager turned pharmaceutical CEO who was arrested last week, has been described as a sociopath. In reality, he’s a brasher version of what others in finance and corporate suites do all the time.
The issue that remains mostly unaddressed in education policy is the massive under-funding of public schools. Most states provide less support per student for elementary and secondary schools than they did in 2008.
In keeping with the figgy-pudding and potato latke traditions of the holidays, here’s a recipe for delivering joy to the workers so that they can spread holiday merriment:
In a country with a Constitution beginning with the words, "We the People," should our economy work for all of us instead of just a few of us?
Trump understands the base of the GOP a lot better than Mitt Romney and the Sunday talking heads. These GOP base voters like Putin. Like so much else, Trump is just channeling an existing right wing phenomenon.
It is time for you and your generation to transform this nation as Americans did in the 1770s – the 1860s – and the 1930s and 1940s – not to mention the 1960s. It is time for you to make America freer, more equal, and more democratic.
George W. Bush suffered Hurricane Katrina and the Iraqi quagmire, Bill Clinton was impeached, Ronald Reagan was staggered by the Iran-contra scandal, and Richard Nixon was run out of town. What did Obama do right?
Donald Trump’s supporters are now yelling “Seig heil!,” and calling for a black man to be burned alive. Can we call them fascists now? Can we call them racists now?
Television news has gone off its rocker. The networks have grasped Donald Trump to their collective bosom like the winner of one of those misogynistic, televised beauty pageants he owns.
Republicans put a surprise sneak-law into the big, last-minute “Omnibus” budget bill: it bans the administration from making companies and “charities” disclose who is putting up the bribe money money for political campaigns.
Live from New Hampshire, it's the Saturday Night Democratic Presidential Debate, perversely designed to draw as small an audience as possible. Yet voters would be interested in the real differences in politics and strategy.
As lawmakers scurried to keep the government open and head home for the holidays, they wrapped spending and tax deals into a costly measure that highlighted our nation’s mismatched energy policies.
Republican presidential candidates had a chance to take a stand against Donald Trump's dangerous demagoguery at Tuesday night’s debate. None of them took it.
We can continue to have a rigged system that enables and encourages predators to take advantage of the public, or we can offer public options that protect and provide services for the public.
Government spending is not out of control. It's the negative effects of not spending what we should that are threatening to spiral out of control. For conservatives, there is evil genius in all this.
Today's decision by the Federal Reserve to increase its benchmark interest rate is a worrisome backward step from its work nursing the economy back to health. But here's how the Fed can contain the damage.
With a Republican Congress, every budget battle is about ratcheting down the things our government does to make our lives better. This year was no exception. But We the People got some things out of the bargaining.
The great American middle class has become an anxious class – and it’s in revolt. Before I explain how that revolt is playing out, you need to understand the sources of the anxiety.
In last night's debate, Republican presidential candidates responded to a shaken nation by serving up heavy doses of fear and insult. Yet in the midst of the hysteria and posturing, there were occasional glimpses of common sense.
Thanks to the organizing efforts of Good Jobs Nation and other allies, Senate officials signed a new contract with the workers that brings their average pay closer to a living wage.
In August, Netflix announced a great, new parental leave policy. But it only covered already-well-off employees. Progressives launched a campaign and now Netflix is giving family leave to other employees, too.
Inversions, promoted by Wall Street banks that pocketed $1 billion in fees, are the newest gimmick in a long-term trend that has eroded America’s corporate tax base – brought to you by a bought-off Congress.
Fear-mongering GOP candidates divert attention from real problems like bad trade deals and urge us to burn with anger about immigrants and refugees. In a real democracy, the smoldering in America would be piles of discarded TPP texts.
Donald Trump will be center stage at the Republican debate Tuesday night, flanked by a rising Sen. Ted Cruz and a flagging Dr. Ben Carson. Those are the front-runners. Enough said.
Do not be misled about reports that a Trans-Pacific Partnership vote is being delayed. It's a bargaining ploy. Republicans want “side agreements” that give corporations even more. We have to keep up the fight.
Whether you are skeptical of the Paris agreement or see them as a groundbreaking accomplishment for the planet, you should see them as an opportunity for us as citizens to keep our leaders accountable.
Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio has made his foreign policy acumen the centerpiece of his presidential campaign. Only problem: what he believes is both wrong-headed and dangerous.
Animals have a sense about people. They just know when someone is trouble. So it really wasn’t a surprise when an American bald eagle attacked Donald Trump.
The reason TPP might not get enough establishment Republican votes is that it does not destroy American sovereignty enough, and does not rig the rules against working people enough.
Faced with outrage against police violence, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel must decide whether he will turn crisis into an opportunity for accountability and healing for his city.
The Paris climate agreement is a landmark achievement. But what is our next step? Robert Pollin has laid out a road map in his new book, "Greening The Global Economy."