In the Spirit of the GI Bill, Cancel All Student Debt

A Student Debt Jubilee will right an injustice and affirm our core values. It is time to liberate 43 million Americans – along with their families, communities, and nation – from the crushing burden of student debt.
Mary Green Swig | Steven L. Swig | Richard Eskow

Donald Trump: The American-Made Fraud

Trump condemns China for cheating on trade, but bought cheap Chinese steel and aluminum to construct his buildings in Chicago and Las Vegas. Would a President Trump use Chinese steel and aluminum in his U.S. infrastructure repair plan?
Leo Gerard

The Second Presidential Debate: Gutter-Ball Edition

The brief and rare exchanges on ideas were revealing ... But the clash of ideas was a sideshow. This “debate” was an exchange of insults, egged on by the moderators. The only redeeming feature is that it will be hard to get lower than that.
Robert Borosage

Why It Takes Local Activists to End a School-to-Prison Pipeline

Civil rights groups and policy statements from government officials have called for an end to the school-to-prison pipeline. But nothing will likely change for students until parents, educators and activists push at the local level
Jeff Bryant

Leave Bill Clinton Out of It

Bill Clinton's 20-year-old sexcapades are irrelevant to Hillary's ability to govern. If that counted, we’d have to downgrade the presidencies of at least half the guys who have served, and blame their wives in the bargain.

Why Is This Election So Close?

Clinton’s problem—both in the Democratic primaries and in the general election—is that she is inescapably part of a political establishment that has failed Americans badly.
Robert Borosage

Solidarity Against Trump

The press is in love with saying blue-collar workers are in love with Trump. But the AFL-CIO found fewer than a third of its members support Trump. That’s true in my union, the United Steelworkers, as well. Here are members explaining why.
Leo Gerard

Secrets in Plain View: Obamacare Is Working

The public has to recognize the enormous progress that has been made with the Affordable Care Act so that the huge problems that remain in our health care system can be fixed.
Dean Baker

Wingnut Week In Review: Donald Trump Dives Into The Gutter

Writer Maya Angelou once offered this sage advice: "If someone shows you who they really are, believe them." With his latest misogynistic attack on Alicia Machado, Donald Trump dives into the gutter to show us once again who he really is.
Terrance Heath

Elizabeth Warren Clarifies The Charter Schools Debate

Sen. Elizabeth Warren threw the supposedly progressive framing of charter schools into doubt with her opposition to a ballot initiative to expand them in her state. Warren has good cause to oppose more charters.
Jeff Bryant

If the Donald Were Really Courting the Blacks

I’m tired of news outlets saying again and again that Donald Trump is courting African-American voters. It’s quite clear that Trump is communicating about African Americans in order to court suburban and college-educated white voters.
Alan Jenkins

Robert Reich On This Election Is A Must Hear

Robert Reich's address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, on "The Oddest Presidential Election in Living Memory," is a must hear. You will get insight from a veteran political figure who knows Washington inside and out.

Obama Still Swimming Against the Tide on TPP

To borrow one of Donald Trump’s favorite words, we already know the Trans Pacific Partnership is a “disaster” for U.S. workers. But what folks may not realize is that many of its provisions will hurt women the most.

Activist Confront Clean Power Opponents In D.C.

Eighty activists came to D.C. Circuit Court and to fossil fuel interest groups with a message: The corporate assault on the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan is nothing less than an attack on our right to survive.
Ben Ishibashi

Clinton Is The Clear Choice On Race And Criminal Justice Reform

Little Zianna Oliphant, speaking through her tears at a city council meeting in Charlotte, said more about what’s really happening with policing in black communities than Donald Trump did in 90 minutes at Monday nights debate.
Terrance Heath

In the First Debate, Trump Failed to Achieve the Reagan Effect

Trump offered a return to top-end tax cuts and deregulation with a populist trade posture. Clinton called for public investment to rebuild the country. Both indicted the failed policies of the past: Clinton, trickle-down; Trump, trade.
Robert Borosage
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