Francis Gets Served the House Specialty

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.

Warning: Another Attack On Our Postal Service

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 Keeps On Winning

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.
James A. Haught

Jeb Bush Promises To Turn Four Percent Into Four Percent

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.
Bill Scher

“Artivism” Gets A 21St Century Makeover

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.
Alan Jenkins

Feel the Bern: Sanders and the Power of Grassroots Fundraising

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.
Robert Borosage

Wingnut Week In Review: Papa Don’t Preach

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.
Terrance Heath

Jeb! Sticks Foot In It — Again

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.

Here’s What John Boehner Should Do Before He Leaves

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.
Bill Scher

The Pope Would Not Shut Down The Government

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.
Bill Scher

The GOP’s Can’t-Do Attitude

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.

First They Came For The Ex-Im Bank…

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.

We Must Fight Poverty With Justice

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.
Terrance Heath

Non-Candidates for President

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.
Jim Hightower

Meet The Real Carly Fiorina

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?

GOP: No Bootstraps for You, Baby!

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.
Leo Gerard

“Sowers of Change”: The Pope Arrives At a Critical Moment

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.
Richard Eskow

What Will Pope Francis Say This Week?

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.
Bill Scher

Wingnut Week In Review: Clockmaker

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.
Terrance Heath

Seattle Teachers’ Strike A Win For Social Justice

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.
Jeff Bryant

Just What Are Hillary Clinton’s Accomplishments?

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.
Bill Scher

The Republican Foreign Policy Consensus: Lunacy

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.
Robert Borosage
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