Speaker John Boehner has to reckon with the fact that winning the midterms did nothing to make his party more responsible and did nothing to advance his own policy goals.
Francis expressed a belief in our collective power by asking us all to pray for him. Maybe the pontiff should have asked us to pray for something else: that Congress might actually listen to a word he’d just said.
Negotiators are meeting in Atlanta, trying to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership as soon as Thursday. A news article explains the latest reason people should be alarmed about what they are negotiating.
Anti-government types just can't stand that the U.S. Postal Service shows government doing its job of helping make our lives better. The latest salvo comes from Brookings – which gets funding from FedEx.
The Enlightenment laid the foundation of liberal political values still winning victories today. For three centuries, by fits and starts, Western progress has been mostly a chronicle of progressives defeating conservative resistance.
Jeb is planting his flag on constantly moving ground. GDP has steadily grown throughout the Obama presidency after the stimulus sparked the recovery. If the recent strong quarters hold up, Bush's pledge will be exposed as decidedly empty.
In an era of rising art and activism around police bias, criminal justice reform, and equal opportunity, veteran “artivists” are being joined by new voices telling fresh stories and organizing for change.
House Speaker John Boehner is like the ineffectual substitute teacher whose presence barely keeps an unruly class in line. His exit leaves a chaotic House GOP without adult supervision.
The tax plan from Donald Trump is a big deal, but not nearly as big a deal as it would be for people in the top 1 percent, who would get a tax break averaging $184,000 a year under his plan.
A new round of TPP negotiations is underway in Atlanta this week between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries. Some groups are asking people to come to Atlanta to protest.
I have not faced the fear, oppression, and pain that confronts African-Americans every day. But none of us can ignore what is happening in this country. Not when our black friends, family, neighbors literally fear dying in the streets.
Money talks. Hillary Clinton is doing a whirl of big-dollar fundraisers, pushing to top Bernie Sanders' grassroots fundraising totals. Bernie isn't just surging in the polls, he's faring well in the money primary.
Conservatives hoped and expected Pope Francis would praise their hard-line opposition to abortion, contraception and LGBT rights. But they could not have been more disappointed in what he actually said.
Pope Francis came to town in Washington, DC, this week, calling for a “revolution of tenderness,” and bringing his powerful messages on climate change and poverty to Congress. Naturally, wingnuts don't want to hear it.
The RAPID Act is designed to get government out of the way of big corporations, by prohibiting the government from stopping polluters and companies that endanger the health and safety of the public.
Jeb Bush says Pope Francis should keep his climate views to himself because he's not a scientist. But the Pope actually is a scientist. He is a chemical engineer.
But Boehner set his resignation date for October 30th, not September 30th. He's giving himself an extra month. That means he can try to pass still more things with the help of Democrats.
Some anti-abortion conservatives are one week from shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood funding. Yet they got no encouragement from the leader of the world's biggest anti-abortion institution.
If Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker thought running for President of the United States was a big challenge, he may be facing an even more imposing contest back in his home state in Milwaukee
The second Republican presidential debate shed light on why the GOP doesn’t want to do anything about climate change. Sen. Marco Rubio led the charge against shifting to green energy. That can't-do attitude could drown Rubio's home state.
Republicans don’t believe that the American government should do things that make the American people’s lives better, so now they are threatening to shut down the whole government. Again.
This week's news about VW is hardly an isolated case of corporations defrauding the public, That's why we need an entity more powerful than these corporations whose purpose is to protect the public.
Is 5.1 percent unemployment about as good as it will ever get? Two researchers at the Atlanta Fed propose another measure of the job market that suggests we still have a ways to go.
The Pope is calling on the Congress, corporate heads, and all of us to choose fair wages over profits, to welcome immigrants rather than leave them homeless, to stop polluting rather than leave people sick.
The days of Republicans getting away with painting Democrats and liberals as incompatible with faith are behind us. And the risk of political embarrassment this week remains squarely with the GOP.
As Pope Francis brings his message on caring for the poor to America, the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest report reminds us that our efforts to fight poverty are working, but are not enough.
Now it is clear how narrow Scott Walker's base of support was, and how limited is the strategy of union-bashing. Republicans might want to consider appealing to union workers rather than bashing them.
We cram more and more people into solitary confinement, and opportunities for meaningful education and rehabilitation are scarce. The Pope offers us a chance to get it right.
Once upon a time, presidential contenders and their political parties raised the funds needed to pay for the campaigns. How quaint. Now, thanks to the Supreme Court’s meddling in the democratic process, corporations have taken charge.
The Republican establishment appears to have decided that the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will save it from Donald Trump. Will Fiorina do for America what she did to HP?
Scott Walker should be a cautionary tale to the GOP. His ratings plummeted after he released his anti-union screed last week. Americans oppose union busting because they know unions are a path to achieve the American Dream.
Pope Francis' itinerary seems to suit his message: political institutions must respond to the needs of the people, the economy should be a tool for human betterment, and it's possible for us to remake society.
The Republican assault on Planned Parenthood is filled with lies and distortions, and the House vote last week to cut off its funding may lead to a government shutdown. This is, quite frankly, nuts.
Last week Wisconsin governor Scott Walker tried to give his faltering presidential campaign a boost by proposing to essentially get rid of unions in the U.S. The numbers show why this isn't working.
The media have been reporting a sharp increase in murders across America's cities. Is the story entirely accurate? And where violent crime problems exist, what's the cause and what can be done?
Pope Francis arrives in America on Tuesday, meets with President Obama on Wednesday, addresses Congress on Thursday and the United Nations on Friday. But no one knows exactly what he wants to accomplish.
A 14-year-old high school freshman and budding scientist build his own clock, and brought it to school to show his teacher. Instead, he got arrested, and wingnuts lost their minds. Because he was Muslim, of course.
Striking teachers in Seattle appear to have been victorious in getting most of their demands met – because their demands were undoubtedly in the best interests of the students.
Hillary Clinton has four major accomplishments from her tenure as Secretary of State: the Libyan UN resolution, the New START treaty, renewing diplomatic ties with Myanmar and setting in motion the Iran Deal.
This weeks' GOP presidential debate displayed candidates who not only scorn all things Obama, but brandish foreign policy postures so unhinged from reality they made Donald Trump sound reasonable.