Politics

U.S. Labor Shortage? No, We Have a Crisis of Low Wages.
Don't easily believe claims that there's a lack of people to fill jobs. What's really going on is that employers aren't offering workers a living wage.
Heidi Shierholz
Biden’s Infrastructure Plans Are a Good Start—But We Must Ensure Democratic Control
President Biden has laid out an ambitious agenda for rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. To succeed, the projects should be put under public ownership.
Thomas M. Hanna
Biden's First 100 Days Have Been a Tale of Two Presidencies
When it comes to economic issues, the Biden administration has shown some surprising progressivism. On foreign policy, not so much.
Max B. Sawicky
The Numbers Show We Need Action to Stop Anti-Asian Violence
The Senate passed a bill to combat hate crimes in response to the rise in anti-Asian violence. It's a first step—but there's much more work to be done.
Clara Liang
Just 3 Democrats Stand in the Way of the PRO Act Coming to the Senate Floor for a Vote
Facing pressure, Sens. Joe Manchin and Angus King have signed on to the landmark labor bill, leaving just three Democratic holdouts: Kyrsten Sinema, Mark Kelly and Mark Warner.
Jeff Schuhrke
This Republican "Working Class Party" Thing Is a Clown Show of the Highest Order
Try harder, Ivy League scum.
Hamilton Nolan
Politics Are Momentarily Weird Enough to Take On Global Capitalism
A global minimum corporate tax could have some crossover appeal.
Hamilton Nolan
What's Really Behind the Opposition to a $15 Minimum Wage
Fifty-seven senators from both parties are determined to preserve an economic system that rewards the rich and punishes the poor.
Joel Bleifuss
Why the Left Sees an Opening for a ‘Realignment’ in U.S. Politics
Left-wing groups such as the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats are reviving the old idea of realignment, with hopes of provoking new political transformations.
Mark Engler and Paul Engler
Democrats Take the First Steps to Make Biden’s Infrastructure Bill a Climate Bill
The newly unveiled BUILD GREEN Infrastructure and Jobs Act would create good-paying union jobs while reducing carbon emissions and upgrading the country's crumbling infrastructure.
Kenny Stancil
Dianne Morales Is the Radical Choice for New York City Mayor
The political newcomer wants the city to stop "feeding the beast" of inequality.
Hamilton Nolan
The Movement for Black Lives Has Been Waiting for This Moment
Racial justice organizers are preparing to take to the streets and the halls of power to push President Biden to meet their demands.
Eli Day
Biden Could Help Prevent Water Crises Like the One in Jackson—If He Stands Up to Corporations
The ongoing crisis in Jackson, Mississippi shows why President Biden must reject privatization in his infrastructure plan.
Thomas M. Hanna
The Filibuster Is a Labor Issue
The PRO Act will not pass unless we end the filibuster. Those two things are a package deal.
Hamilton Nolan
How Austerity Politics End
By passing the American Rescue Plan, President Biden and Democrats in Congress are signaling they may finally be ready to move on from the age of market fundamentalism.
Miles Kampf-Lassin
Democrats Can't Afford to Dilute Their $15 Minimum Wage Proposal
The wage increase in the Covid relief bill also applies to tipped workers and others making a subminimum wage. Democrats should fight tooth and nail to make it law.
s.e. smith
Republicans Are Using the Capitol Riot as a Trojan Horse to Target the Left
Since January 6, GOP lawmakers across the country have introduced a slew of anti-protest bills.
Branko Marcetic
Privatization Would Doom Biden's Infrastructure Plan
To meet his goals on equity, jobs and climate, President Biden should push a massive, publicly-funded infrastructure plan.
Jeremy Mohler
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