Imagine that an employer wishes he hadn't paid you so much in the past, so he goes into your bank account and takes what he wants. Sound outrageous? That's essentially what the federal government may be about to do to its workers. And the rest of us may be next.
With Pope Francis and President Obama -- a pair of the world's most powerful voices -- warning against the dangers of social exclusion and excessive greed, we can expect to hear expressions of remorse as well as rage from all the usual right-wing suspects. But what we shouldn't expect is honesty.
Democrats are hammering out a deal with transparent fraud Paul Ryan when they should be shouting the truth to anyone who'll listen. And the rest of us? We should be reaching for pitchforks.
It was a week of political protests, papal action, and the historic loss of Nelson Mandela. Separate the ridiculous from the redeeming by taking our Week to Week news quiz.
The American public has seen it all -- a government shutdown for the first time in 18 years, and what seems like the strongest partisan gridlock in history. Well, time is almost up again.
The five announced speakers at the annual conference of the lobbying group all reject the science of climate change, arguing that scientists are part of a conspiracy to attack the use of fossil fuels.
Six thousand years ago, Jesus' dad formed untold universes in order to designate the mid-latitude region of the North American landmass as the only important place in a trillion galaxies. Everybody knows that.
As we reflect on these migrant journeys in Scripture, particularly as we head towards Christmas, let our Advent this year be about expectant waiting and preparation for a reform long-sought, heralding new, whole, welcoming communities.
His is the classic example of the adage that if you've got a reputation for being an early riser, you can sleep til noon. What are his accomplishments?
Were the richest .01 percent to venture out and form their own society, the rest of us would not devolve into violent conflict; rather, without the expensive burden of the wealthy tapeworms siphoning our common wealth, we could begin to solve our problems.
Here in the real world, Washington is playing a Hunger Game of its own and the results are devastating. Yes, winter is coming, the holidays are on their way, and on November 1, the United States government cut food stamp benefits by 13.6 percent.
In the rather twisted mind of a modern conservative, President Obama is to blame for all our ills, but he gains no credit for all that goes well. This is no exaggeration; it is quite literally true.
The big question for Democrats is this: What kind of deal is worse than the sequester, which Paul Ryan has said is the Republicans' fallback position. In other words, what would make Democrats throw up their hands and say: "You want it? You got it." -- and mean it?
While we're in the financial journalism sector, let's look at all the totally wrong hype the cable networks laid on about how certain they were that the Fed would cut back its stimulus bond purchases back in September.
Tuesday night's election results were a lot to take in -- especially if you're one of the Beltway creatures still clinging to low expectations for the political participation of Millennials. Spoiler alert: Young voter turnout in Virginia went up, a lot.
A feminist budget would recognize the need for change. It would be designed to reduce income and wealth inequality, which disproportionately affects all women but particularly women in communities of color.