Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is scheduled to come to New York to address the five-yearly review conference of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that will be held from April 27th to May 22.
We don't yet know what is in the TPP, because it is still secret and will remain so until shortly before the fast-track process requires Congress to vote. The president says to trust him, telling us that it will be great and "progressive" and create lots of jobs and expand the economy. Great. But the history on our trade deals -- especially those passed using fast track -- has been very bad. NAFTA was sold as creating a lot of jobs and growing the economy, but NAFTA destroyed jobs and expanded the trade deficit. China's entry into the World Trade Organization was sold as creating a lot of jobs and growing the economy, but it turned out to be absolutely devastating for America's working people, middle class and entire manufacturing ecosystem, and the trade deficit with China is now enormous. As a result of these agreements, entire regions of the country look like wastelands. Seriously, go look at Detroit.
The issue is not really the trumped up issue that McConnell and GOP leaders claimed was the reason for the unconscionable foot-drag on Loretta Lynch's confirmation and that's that they wanted a vote on an anti-human trafficking law. The issue is their die-hard, take no prisoners, assault on Obama.
Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.
House Democrats will play a key role in whether the Obama administration can get a deal with Iran.
We can definitely increase the resources for food aid programs, which are about less than one tenth of 1 percent of the federal budget. They can certainly be increased from this relatively tiny level of spending. Food is peace. Congress must remember this as it crafts the new budget in the coming months.
Wednesday was National Golf Day. Yes, golf has it's own day and what many might not know is the important role golf plays in the economy. Like all ecosystems there are multiple levels and golf is no exception.
If protecting our prized landscapes forever for the benefit of all is America's best idea, selling them off for the short-term economic gain of a few special interests is Congress's worst.
Don't look now, but Tuesday, April 14, 2015, was a good day for American democracy. Buds of bipartisanship offer signs that the legislative process is coming back to life after years of dark and depressing political gridlock.
Boars Head delivery driver Bobby McPhee held a press conference outside his Stutsville Ohio home to announce that he had mistakenly watched a few minutes of CSPAN 3 and now "totally gets democracy."
Repealing the estate tax won't create jobs, it won't boost GDP and it won't add efficiency to the market. Instead, repealing the estate tax will simply add to the debt, hurt our ability to build a stronger economy and worsen economic inequality.
This isn't a small change; it's absolutely crucial. The original language in the Corker bill represented an existential threat to the negotiations.
Let's be clear. No American citizen should be denied housing, the ability to attend school, to apply for a mortgage, or to serve on a jury because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
April 15 marks the 100th day of the 114th--some might call the best Koch money could buy--Congress. The first 100 days of any new Congress is a well-established timeline to evaluate its priorities, efficacy and focus.
Our loophole-ridden corporate tax code creates winners and losers. The winners are a narrow set of large multinationals that boast armies of tax lawyers and accountants, and the losers are average taxpayers and small business owners who are left to foot the bill.
In selling the new framework agreement reached between Iran and the six world powers known as the P5+1, President Obama has assured an apprehensive American public that if Iran breaches the terms of a final deal, he will "snap back" the sanctions.