We’re nearly $1 trillion behind on transportation investments. If Congress refuses to ask drivers to pay 21st century prices for 21st century roads, our once world-class infrastructure will go the way of dial-up Internet.
How many times have we heard corporate-funded conservatives and "centrists" whine about "deficits" and demand budget cuts? What if you knew these corporations owed $620 billion in taxes?
It doesn't matter who "won." The candidates showed they all are concerned about governing the country and proposing actual policies that will help actual people have better lives.
A zero cost-of-living increase for Social Security is no small matter. You would be hard pressed to find a senior who has not seen the cost of medical care, prescription drugs, food and other necessities go up.
Boehner and McCarthy ducking a fight with the Freedom Caucus on the basis of party unity is like refusing to get chemotherapy because you want your body to be united with your cancerous tumor.
Private prisons are a cancer. But they fill up because they are there. Companies build them, and people come. No need for pesky voter approved bond financing of public works.
New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said the TPP contained dead rats every country had to swallow. American workers know they’ll be force-fed the dead rats while the TPP will serve corporations foie gras on silver platters.
The pundits are already dreading that the first Democratic presidential debate might feature an exchange of ideas rather than insults. The moderators will try to "fix that." Here are some program notes.
You may have heard about the "Cadillac tax" health insurance thing. What is it, and what are the arguments in favor of and against this tax?
House Speaker John Boehner has a recurring nightmare about being stuck, unable to move. The complete implosion of the race for his successor this week might mean Boehner’s nightmare is coming true.
On trade, every Democratic presidential nominee has for the past three decades campaigned one way and governed another. Why does this keep happening? The answer is not money.
Bernie Sanders leads the field in our newly released scorecard, grading Democratic candidates relative to the Populism 2015 platform. Most striking: All the major candidates now embrace more populist positions.
Today gerrymandering today is a different game – played on a national scale, operating with 21st century digital efficiency, capable of overruling the popular vote. It has baked gridlock into our political system.
I’ve experience one shooting in my life. I know that no one truly knows what they would do when suddenly faced with their mortality. Ben Carson had a gun pointed at him once. He should know better.
Clinton cites "years of Republican obstruction at home" that have "weakened U.S. competitiveness and made it harder for Americans who lose jobs and pay because of trade to get back on their feet."
Education Secretary Arne Duncan's surprise announcement to leave in December is driving lots of headlines and commentary, but an important story that broke three days before is lost in the media clutter.
Volkswagen has long been known for strict, top-down decision making, with even minor matters requiring the OK of its governing officials. The company’s premeditated, systemic betrayal of consumer trust is no small thing
Legislation that "would make it easier for workers to join unions and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions" is introduced in Congress as the White House holds a "Worker Summit."
The Republican candidates for president are all trying to cut taxes for the wealthy even more than George W. Bush did. Here's the scorecard of those candidates with specific proposals.
A letter to Congress counters the argument that corporations are being harmed by the current corporate tax code and that the remedy is a change to a "territorial" tax regime.
Unable to govern and unwilling to be governed, the deepest dysfunctions of the House Republican conference are rising to the surface, as the party struggles to choose a new speaker.
The enormous, humongous and ongoing trade deficit, month after month, year after year, drags down our economy. Will the media challenge candidates to discuss trade policy?
Some rich guys and GOPers actually contend that government should take the taxes paid by workers and give that money to corporations to improve worker wages and working conditions.
Countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership say they have reached a deal. So here it comes. The agreement remains secret for now, but here is what we know and what to expect.
The driving motivation of a bill with the innocuous title of the ""Financial Product Safety Commission Act" is not "financial product safety," but the crippling of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Americans favor—and have always favored—strong legislation to oversee and restrict gun ownership. So why are politicians afraid of promoting gun laws and what can we, as a practical matter, do about it?
Several groups are sounding the alarm about new nominees to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors. One is a notorious privatizer, another a payday lender lobbyist.
This week, a bunch of Republican Congressmen made fools of themselves during their own hearing to bring down Planned Parenthood. It was farcical from beginning to end.
The Washington Post just ran an attack on Bernie Sanders that distorts not only what he’s saying and seeking but also the basic choices that lie before the nation.
The idea of a "trade" agreement that actually lets tobacco companies sue governments is so shocking that it is providing a tip-off to the public about what else could be in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Proposing a handgun ban certainly wouldn't make it become law anytime soon, but it would refocus the debate on the actual source of most of our senseless gun deaths.
The surprisingly disappointing September unemployment report should break once and for all two illusions about our ability to sustain a robust economy, and give us an opportunity to change the conservation.
The differences between the college financing plans offered by Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are important – both for their impact on the middle class, and for what they tell us about the candidates.
In New York City, for the first time ever, school opened with every child who wanted pre-k getting a seat. Yet, instead of giving Mayor de Blasio credit for this, education "reformers" oppose him at every turn.
As John Boehner eyes the exit, and House Republicans prepare to vote for new leadership next week, the line-up for the post-Boehner House GOP leadership is all white, all male, and as extreme as they wanna be.
The vast majority of the House voted to keep the government in operation, even with Planned Parenthood funding. This is all about what the House is allowed to vote on, not what the majority wants.
Joe Biden is currently working behind the scenes to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which core Democratic-aligned groups will likely oppose. Can Biden run for president without opposing TPP?
House Speaker John Boehner's resignation helped keep the government open for another 72 days. But the wingnuts who claimed his hide are on the march. Folly rules. And we all suffer the consequences.
Speaker John Boehner has to reckon with the fact that winning the midterms did nothing to make his party more responsible and did nothing to advance his own policy goals.
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.