Go Ahead, Pass Every Student Succeeds Act, But Don’t Celebrate It

There are things to like and dislike about the Every Student Succeeds Act the House just passed, but instead of celebrating it, we should pause to reflect on where we are in the evolution of education policy compared to where we should be
Jeff Bryant

Have We Hit Peak Inequality?

The very wealthiest 400 Americans command dizzying fortunes. Their combined net worth is $2.34 trillion. Even if you celebrate successful entrepreneurship, isn’t there a point things go too far?
Chuck Collins

Message to Janet Yellen: Focus The Fed On Full Employment

Before Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen makes a Capitol Hill appearance, progressives told Congress that a Fed move to raise interest rates now would devastate communities hit hardest by the Great Recession.
Terrance Heath

So Much For Conservative Terror Scare Talk

You might have heard a few things about terror and ISIS in the last few weeks. You might not have heard that Republicans in Congress are blocking a vote to keep those terrorists from being able to buy guns.

So Much For Conservative Deficit Scare Talk

Republicans in Congress and the corporate-funded conservative echo chamber are temporarily pausing from scaring people with "deficit" propaganda and quietly passing a bunch of tax cuts for special interests.

Not-So-Fun Facts About Income Inequality

The latest Institute for Policy Studies report on the Forbes 400 and the rest of us underscores why we urgently need "policies that directly address the top-heavy distribution of wealth."
Isaiah J. Poole

Right-Wing Rhetoric Draws Blood

A Thanksgiving holiday marred by shootings should remind us that our biggest terrorist threat comes not from Syrian refugees fleeing extremist violence, but from homegrown right-wing extremists.
Terrance Heath

Hope For The Climate Lives In Paris

Are we prepared to build on this initial agreement, and push our country and others to demand more greenhouse gas cuts until the crisis is behind us? Get ready to celebrate, and get ready to fight for deeper cuts the next day.
Bill Scher

Making Black Lives Matter Means Making Serious Changes

The release of the video of Laquan McDonald’s death, and the murder charges against the Chicago police officer who killed him show how much has changed since Ferguson, and how much still needs to change.
Terrance Heath

What Thanksgiving Stories Share: Welcoming the Stranger

With so many voices urging us not to embrace refugees fleeing the terror of ISIS, it is fitting to remember a common thread that connects the stories of the first Europeans who set foot on America's shores.
Jim Hightower

Teacher Evaluations Fall Off The Education ‘Reform’ Agenda

Hillary Clinton recently shook up the education policy world when she challenged one of the pillars of the education establishment: the linking of teachers' job evaluations and pay to how students perform on standardized tests.
Jeff Bryant

One Year Later: Still No Justice For Tamir Rice

One year ago, Cleveland, Ohio police shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice within two seconds of encountering him. There is still no justice for Rice and his family. If the prosecutor has his way there will be no justice for Tamir Rice.
Terrance Heath

One Percenters Stuff Their Pumpkin Pie Holes

One percenters who feast on $45,000 Thanksgiving meals have launched a new assault on workers: a lawsuit called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. Winning would enable the 1 percent to gorge themselves all the more.
Leo Gerard

Who Impugns Hillary’s Integrity?

In the last Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of impugning her integrity by raising her support from Wall Street bankers. But it isn't Bernie who is doing the impugning, it's her Wall Street donors themselves.
Robert Borosage

Welfare Reform’s Broken Promises Exposed Again

One of the remarkably few efforts to examine how welfare recipients actually fare once they get back into the workforce uncovers the inconvenient truth behind right-wing rhetoric about aid to low-income people.
Isaiah J. Poole

Wingnut Week In Review: Ugly Americans

In the worst of times, we need leaders who call us to heed “the better angels of our nature.” In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, right-wing media, officeholders, and candidates have instead embodied the term “ugly American.”
Terrance Heath

Senate Republicans Lose Big In Climate Vote

Six years ago, Democrats broke ranks with Obama on capping carbon. Today, Democrats are holding firm. Republicans have proven unable to win in the court of public opinion.
Bill Scher

The Perils of Circus Politics

We’re going to need an especially wise and able leader as president. Yet our process for choosing that person is a circus, and several leading candidates are clowns. How have we come to this? Yet our process for c

An Economy That Works For Everyone Starts With Women

The good news is that the gender pay gap has closed a little. The bad news is it's not because women's wages are up, but men's wages are down. A new EPI report points the way to an economy that works for all, starting with women.
Terrance Heath

How A Supreme Court Case Puts Equality in the Workplace At Stake

An adverse ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association "would undermine one of the most successful vehicles" for providing equal opportunity for American workers, rights organizations tell the Supreme Court.
Isaiah J. Poole

The Sad Story Of Bobby Jindal

Jindal could have been the face of a modern Republican Party: racially diverse, factually based, mathematically literate, governmentally competent. Instead, he epitomizes a "stupid party" he claimed to reject.
Bill Scher
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