The CEO Pay Tax Break in the Republican Health Care Proposal

Media Contacts: Sarah Anderson, report author, sarah@ips-dc.org, 202 787 5227 Domenica Ghanem, media manager, domenica@ips-dc.org, 202 787 5205 Washington, D.C. — A new Institute for Policy Studies report is the first to calculate how much American taxpayers have been...
Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump

Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump

The resistance to Donald Trump’s presidency has been strong, sustained, and multi-dimensional. The women’s march after the inauguration deluged DC in a sea of pink hats and generated companion protests in an extraordinary 670 cities around the world. My inbox has been...
The Great Donald Trump Confidence Trick: Symbolism Over Substance

The Great Donald Trump Confidence Trick: Symbolism Over Substance

Donald Trump promised to do a lot of things on day one of his presidency. Instead, he spent his first full day in office at the CIA, trying to impress a roomful of intelligence officers by bragging about how many Time magazine covers he’s been on. “Is Donald Trump an...
Mike Pence Is a Loyal Friend to Polluters

Mike Pence Is a Loyal Friend to Polluters

In Mike Pence, Donald Trump has picked a running mate who could be relied on to take a chainsaw to President Obama’s signature environmental policy. In 2015 the Indiana governor told Obama in no uncertain terms that his state would not be complying with the Clean...
Paul Ryan’s “A Better Way” Proposal is Anything But

Paul Ryan’s “A Better Way” Proposal is Anything But

We just knew that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s latest tax reform proposal was going to be bad for working families. Year after year, after all, Ryan has been bringing forward – in the name of fiscal conservatism – some variation of a plan to take from the poor and...
Kasich is No Moderate on Inequality

Kasich is No Moderate on Inequality

As media pundits and mainstream conservatives begin to realize that Donald Trump is beyond likely to be the Republican nominee for President, the search for a viable alternative remains fruitless. Throughout the race, Ohio Governor John Kasich has tried to present...
Donald Trump’s Run Could Shatter the Republican Party

Donald Trump’s Run Could Shatter the Republican Party

Is Donald Trump’s presidential bid terrifying you? Try to relax. The bullying billionaire probably can’t make it to the White House. He needs to win a majority of all voters, not just Republicans. That will be tough when nearly two out of three of Americans already...
The GOP Candidates Know Nothing about Syria

The GOP Candidates Know Nothing about Syria

Like many political animals, I was glued to the latest Republican presidential debate. For the most part, there were no surprises: Donald Trump railed against Muslims, Chris Christie lamented that the NSA can’t intercept Americans’ phone calls and emails as easily as...

Progressives Should Stop Underestimating Trump’s Appeal

Most Democrats think a Donald Trump nomination would be a huge gift for Hillary Clinton (assuming she clinches the Democratic nod). And barring a surge from Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, it looks like he could be the one to duel her for the presidency. With a policy slate...
Is Political Correctness What’s Really Destroying America?

Is Political Correctness What’s Really Destroying America?

One more GOP debate and I swear I’m deleting my Facebook account. Every time the Republican presidential hopefuls spar on stage, the gap between the conservative crowd I grew up with in Tennessee and the progressive organization where I work in Washington widens. In...
The GOP’s Can’t-do Attitude

The GOP’s Can’t-do Attitude

The second Republican presidential debate shed light on why the GOP doesn’t want to do anything about climate change. Senator Marco Rubio led the way, misconstruing the shift toward green-energy — which even Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden says is in...
The Insult Generator

The Insult Generator

It’s apology season on the campaign trail. After months of botched damage control, Hillary Clinton did what she needed to do when her bureaucratic scandal first erupted. The leading Democratic presidential candidate said she was sorry she didn’t use an official...
Mitch McConnell’s War on Iran — and Boeing?

Mitch McConnell’s War on Iran — and Boeing?

McConnell apparently looked into his crystal ball and determined that Iran would “inevitably” cheat. So, he said, the United States might as well go back on its own word first — and spare the trouble of re-imposing sanctions later. McConnell doesn’t know what he’s...