What Matters Is What Happens Next, Not ‘What Happened’

Hillary Clinton's campaign memoir sparks controversy and debate. Is this useful? While it's unproductive to argue about her personal merits, a fight over what values will drive the Democratic Party into the future is well worth having.
Richard Eskow

The Sad Story of Public Education in St. Louis

Betsy DeVos says conversations about education should be about "buildings and systems." But the once grand, now crumbling schools St. Louis built for its children remind us the permanency of schools as institutions is important.
Jeff Bryant

Help Every Small Business Have a Chance for Success

America loves entrepreneurs like Thomas Edison or Steve Jobs, right? Think again. It’s incredibly hard for new businesses, no matter how creative, to get financing. And unless we act now, Republicans in Congress will make it even harder.

Canadian Mounties to the Rescue of American Workers

Americans like to see themselves as heroes to the underdog, but, it's Canada who is riding to the rescue of downtrodden American workers, by demanding union rights in negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement.
Leo Gerard

Donald Trump Jr. Just Admitted He Committed a Crime

Donald Trump Jr. told Congress he, Manafort, and Kushner met with Russians hoping to obtain illegal intel on Hillary Clinton, but failed. Sorry, Don: taking a meeting to obtain illegal intel - even if you fail - still counts as conspiracy.
Miles Mogulescu

Disaster Recovery Should Heal, Not Divide, Our Communities

Climate science tells us more superstorms like Harvey and Irma are coming our way. We should learn how to recover from these disasters in a smart, humane way so that people and communities can truly heal and become more equitable.
Richard Eskow

Like Her Boss, Betsy DeVos Makes a Disaster All About Herself

While Trump's boasts about crowd size in Houston struck some as self-centered, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struck a similar tone in Florida against a backdrop of the slow-motion catastrophe striking the state's public schools.
Jeff Bryant

Trump Wants to Steal 800,000 Immigrant Dreams

My name is Gerardo, and I live in Colorado. I am one of the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who contribute to this country every day, thanks to DACA. If DACA ends, our lives will be on the line. Help us save our dreams.
Gerardo, COPA

When the Parades Are Over, Who Stands With Unions?

The Labor Day parades are over. The bands have packed up. The muscular speeches celebrating workers are finished. Now, conservative politicians from Trump on down will revive their systematic efforts to weaken unions and undermine workers.
Robert Borosage

Working on Labor Day to Recover from Harvey

This Labor Day, the union members and other workers who risked their lives to rescue hurricane victims will be volunteering. They’ll be helping all of those affected by the storm to recover - this weekend and long after.
Leo Gerard

Harvey Won’t Be The Last Thousand-Year Storm

The sight of thousands displaced by Hurricane Harvey is painfully familiar in New Jersey, where we're still waiting on the help we were promised after Superstorm Sandy. The road home will be long, but we can get there if we work together.
Krista Sperber, Rae Breaux

Trump’s Tax Plan Is a Confidence Scam

Trump's tax plan is the essential confidence scam: he's peddling a plan that does not yet exist on paper, using populist bluster to sell what will be a one-percenter's dream. The only question is if Americans are gullible enough to buy it.
Robert Borosage

Our President, the White Supremacist

The President of the United States is a white supremacist. He is not just a defender or apologist for bigots and hatemongers. He is one of them, and no one who’s been paying attention can be shocked to learn this. Here's what that means.
Alan Jenkins

Grow Up and Apologize, Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz is a champion hypocrite. He leads Texas Republicans' call for federal disaster aid, yet insists they were right to try to deny aid to those in need after Hurricane Sandy. It's time for Cruz to grow up, and admit he was wrong.
Richard Eskow

The Destruction Left By Hurricane Trump

The Trump presidency, like a monster hurricane, is doing unprecedented damage to our democracy and to our progress toward being a nation that is more equitable and fair.
Isaiah J. Poole

Wanted: Strong Candidates Who Believe in Public Schools

Many political leaders would rather impose ideological "solutions" from the bag of mirrors known as "choice" – or more accurately "privatization" – than provide the resources we know it takes to ensure high-quality schools.
Jeff Bryant

Don’t Let Arpaio’s Arizona Become Trump’s America

Here in Phoenix, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what lies ahead for America under Donald Trump. It will look less and less like a nation of laws, and more like Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lawless Arizona, unless we do something about it now.
Alejandra Gomez

What Happened To All The Teachers?

There's mounting evidence of widespread teacher shortages. Lousy pay is a problem for sure. But the lack of teachers isn't just an economic problem. It's also cultural. And loudmouth politicians who denigrate teachers aren't helping.
Jeff Bryant

Bannon’s Exit Leaves Only His Worst Ideas Behind

While Steve Bannon's positions on the economy and foreign relations were ignored even before he was fired from the White House, the racist and nationalist themes in Bannon's playbook are certain to survive his departure.
Robert Borosage

Open Letter to Louise Linton About Angels and Humanity

Nobody enjoys the hostile attention that comes when something they’ve said goes viral. I hope the next time you’re tempted to speak out, you do so with humility and compassion. Meanwhile, here are some hints about life in real world.
Richard Eskow

Trump Says ‘Love’ but Spews Hate

It doesn’t matter what’s in Trump’s heart or mind. His actions, words and policies, on full display in Phoenix, support and advance racism. Trump is in fact racism’s main spokesperson today, and its main policy advocate.

Why ‘Russian Adoptions’ Really Means ‘Russia Sanctions’

Let's be clear here. Whenever Trump, his family, administration and campaign, or Putin and Kremlin envoys, bring up “Russian adoptions,” they're really talking about removing U.S. sanctions on Russia. Here's why, and why this matters.
Miles Mogulescu

Why Charter Schools Are Losing Support from Democrats

Progressive candidates and office holders have had little to say about school vouchers and charter schools. They'll need to wise up soon, as these policies are rapidly being defined by an emboldened grassroots as not at all progressive.
Jeff Bryant

Charlottesville Leaders Call for Racial Equity

The widespread outrage sparked by white supremacist violence in Charlottesville may prompt dialogue and action nationwide to promote racial equity, according to leaders from the Virginia city.
Tim Wilkins

After Bannon, Do Hawks Rule the Roost?

For all the harm Steve Bannon has done, he was right to point out that there’s no military solution to North Korea. After Bannon, one has to wonder who will dare suggest anything other than military solutions to Trump.
Miles Mogulescu

What To Make Of The Democrats’ Growing Divide On Education

As Donald Trump unites Democrats on civil rights, healthcare, and immigration, his views on education policy are dividing the party. Democrats in denial of this are only going to make the party’s already marginalized status worse.
Jeff Bryant

As Trump Hits a New Low, Here’s How We Go High

Donald Trump has unapologetically poured fuel on the fires of racial hate. What this moment calls for is a resistance that is as morally principled and politically strategic as it is fierce.
Isaiah J. Poole

Busting Myths About the Confederacy

As white supremacists and neo-Nazis try to infest our communities with hate, it is important to contest their revisionist history. We should take down their symbols, but also examine the untruths taught in our schools about the Civil War.

No More Trickle-Down Trade Deals

A renegotiated NAFTA that subordinates the needs of workers will meet the fate of the now-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal. The humans in the United States, Canada and Mexico won’t be tricked or trickled down on again.
Leo Gerard

Movements Are Driving Democratic Party Debate

Movements, not politicians, are driving debate within the Democratic Party. The outcome is far from clear, but bemoaning this battle is like decrying the rising of the sun. People are engaged, and the demand for change is real.
Robert Borosage

Betsy DeVos’s ‘School Choice’ Is Really Crony Capitalism

Betsy DeVos says she supports "great public schools," but her actions show her hypocrisy. She undermines public options, yet favors schools owned by her friends. What she really wants is to tilt the playing field toward private ownership.
Jeff Bryant

On the Road From Protest to Power: A Rising Tide

Is the anti-Trump resistance evolving into a movement that produces leaders with a mandate to govern with a progressive, grassroots-based agenda? We are seeing evidence that the answer will be a resounding "yes."
Isaiah J. Poole

Protesting Trump in Brentwood and Beyond

It was a big day on Long Island. President Donald Trump was jetting in for a victory lap on health care and some “tough talk” about immigration. Easy, right? Sorry, Donald. Things didn’t work out quite the way you expected!
Spencer Rumsey
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