If the United States ignores an opportunity to reshape its economic geography with high-speed trains, it's likely to get left behind.
The school reform movement -- roughly defined as those who believe that schools alone can make a dent in the problems arising from the confluence of race and poverty -- is headed into a major beat down.
The fact that conservatives are currently pursuing a losing electoral strategy is not enough for progressives to win in the long run. The labor movement must seize the current moment as an opportunity to put forward a winning program.
43 years ago, King gave his life fighting for the rights of 1,300 striking sanitation workers. It's a tragedy that 43 years later, our workers are still fighting for basic rights.
In the February weeks I spent in snowy Madison, I tried to make sense of the massive protests unfolding around me. What was I witnessing? The beginning of a new movement in this country, or the last stand of organized labor?
Republican overreach is in the air. You can see it, smell it, taste it everywhere, as you have in years past. And the only surprise is that is that it happened so quickly this time around.
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The governor of Wisconsin apparently forgot that the Reagan Revolution wouldn't have happened without Reagan Democrats -- voters who defected from the Democrats and nearly split the union vote against Carter.
When your organization's tax pledge is THE litmus test for Republicans running for office on the national level, you wield more power in your party than anyone in Congress.
Detroit firefighters have been up against a rash of fires in abandoned houses, continuing budget cuts, and now a Fox-addled public that's chomping at the bit to gut their pensions and health care.
Prolonged and systematic attacks on any group in an effort to take away their rights, voice, and respect in society are a hallmark of the bullying style in American politics.
Instead of screaming about the advances public employees have made to preserve health care, job security and economic justice, angry voters should be asking who has been keeping them from obtaining the same.
Wisconsin's teacher union has gotten a hard slap upside the head, and it has responded. Other teacher groups ought to take notice. The days of trade union dealing are over; teachers have to bargain for more than pay and privileges.
Republican congresspeople are keeping their taxpayer subsidized health insurance while voting to deny it to other Americans. Because, you know, government health care is great for Republican politicians, but too lavish for the Rest of Us.
Whatever gains the GOP makes in year-by-year elections, it still seems as if they're losing the long game as far as demographics are concerned.