The Test of Leadership as Sanders Rolls in Oregon

Bernie Sanders won Oregon big yesterday and ended in a virtual tie in Kentucky. His campaign continues to gain energy as its chances of victory decline. This poses a test of leadership – less for Sanders than for Clinton.
Robert Borosage

The Economic Revival Of Our Cities Must Include Everyone

The "Take 5" film series opens with a look at the consequences of urban gentrification and a challenge for elected leaders to make sure that the wealth lifting up once-forsaken neighborhoods also lifts up its residents.
Isaiah J. Poole

New Verizon Strike Day Of Action Thursday

The Verizon strike is still going on, and has passed the one-month mark. This is about working people against giant corporations that have vast power. Here's how to find a local Day of Action site near you.

Really, Really Rich Trump Is No Workers’ Champion

It’s easy to understand why Donald "I am really, really rich" Trump opposes raising the minimum wage. This guy who was born with a really, really silver spoon in his mouth doesn’t have a clue what living on $7.25 an hour means.
Leo Gerard

Burning Issues: Why The Pentagon Needs an Audit

The next president and Congress needs to make an audit of the Defense Department a top priority to root out waste and what the Project on Government Oversight's Danielle Brian calls "legalized corruption."
Burning Issues Video

What’s Killing the American Middle Class?

A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about the "dying" middle class. It's dying, but not from natural causes. It's being killed. What – and, for that matter, who – is responsible?
Richard Eskow

Wingnut Week In Review: True Colors

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign says that selecting a well-known white nationalist as one of its delegates in California, was due to a “technical error.” But it was really Trump’s campaign showing its true colors, again.
Terrance Heath

Burning Issues: Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Working?

Critics of the Iran nuclear deal have stepped up their opposition, but there are clear successes that supporters need to keep elevating, says Kate Gould of the Friends Committee on National Legislation in this Burning Issues video.
Burning Issues Video

Work-Life Balance Matters To Millennial Voters

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders should emphasize their proposals to federally enforce comprehensive parental and sick leave as one way to connect with younger voters.
Courtney Freudenthal

How We Must Face The Rise Of The Radical Right

What we should have learned from the 1930s is that the first responsibility of anyone who seeks to lead a democracy should be to make sure that democratic governance provides economic justice and economic security.
Damon Silvers

Conservative Solution For Puerto Ricans In Pain Is More Pain

House Republicans proposed addressing Puerto Rico's debt crisis by cutting the pensions of retirees and cutting the pay of low-wage workers – to protect wealthy bondholders who gambled on the island's finances.
Isaiah J. Poole

Burning Issues: The Arms Trade As A Foreign Policy Tool

We should challenge the practice of recent presidents, including President Obama, of using arms sales to further foreign policy interests, says William Hartung of the Center for International Policy in this Burning Issues video.
Burning Issues Video

Bernie Takes West Virginia

Bernie Sanders won West Virginia big last night. Even in the face of a mainstream media essentially declaring the race over, voters in the West Virginia Democratic primary chose Sanders -- and sent a message to Democrats.
Robert Borosage

Trump’s Uphill Battle For Bernie Voters

"I think I'll get a lot of his supporters" Donald Trump said on CNN of Bernie Sanders voters. A few seconds earlier, Trump smeared Sanders, saying he "could be beyond a socialist." That sums up his problem.
Bill Scher

Failure of Korean Trade Deal Voids TPP

A backlash against so-called free trade is evident in the groundswell of support for insurgent presidential candidates on the left and right who denounce these failed policies. The first victim of this uprising should be the proposed TPP.
Leo Gerard

Dr. Billionaire, Meet Dr. Salk

Can we conquer disease without concentrating wealth in a precious few pockets? Not-so-distant American history offers a clear and encouraging answer. The victory over polio a half-century ago created no billionaires.

Donald Trump’s Trick To Pose as a Populist

Donald Trump has a trick he likes to use when he wants to communicate two different messages to two different constituencies: incoherence. It doesn't take much to expose incoherence, yet it seems to flummox media headline writers.
Bill Scher

Interest on the Debt Is Near a Post-War Low

As the media erupt in fury over Donald Trump's comments on the debt, it is worth taking the opportunity to remind people that the interest burden on the national debt is near a post-World War II low.
Dean Baker

Burning Issues: Buying Weapons That Don’t Work

The F-35 fighter place exemplifies how tax dollars are wasted at the Pentagon and how "political engineering" makes a project "too big to fail," Project on Government Oversight's Mandy Smithberger explains in this Burning Issues video.
Burning Issues Video

Wingnut Week In Review: Trumped

This week saw the end of both Ted Cruz’s and John Kasich’s presidential campaigns, as well as the death of modern conservatism — killed off by a guy who bears more than a passing resemblance to an Oompa Loompa.
Terrance Heath

No, Trump Did Not Change His Position On The Minimum Wage

Is his recent minimum wage comment a real shift in position? Is he breaking with conservative orthodoxy? Is he showing that deep down, he truly has working people's interests at heart? Nope, nope, and nope.
Bill Scher

April Jobs Report: Is The Economy Slowing?

The Labor Department reports continued but slowing jobs growth, on the heels of a Federal Reserve report that the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.5 percent in the first quarter. The stock market is back, but the people aren't.
Robert Borosage
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