A Budget Plan for the People

A Budget Plan for the People

What do you need to know about the 2016 budget plan President Obama released this week? Mostly that it benefits ordinary Americans and pays for it by taxing the rich. It’s a long wish list (150-pages) but here are a few highlights: This is a $4 trillion budget plan...
State of the Empire in 2015

State of the Empire in 2015

The Obama administration has never been one for grand State of the Union addresses. And once the commentariat has had its fun picking apart the subtle jabs, the applause lines, the body language, and whatever else, there’s often not a whole lot of oxygen left to dig...
Dueling Wall Street Taxes

Dueling Wall Street Taxes

There’s a pattern here. Whenever the push for taxing Wall Street speculation starts to build some serious steam, the Obama administration dusts off their proposal for a big bank fee. That’s what happened after the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh in September...
Obama Strengthens His Backbone

Obama Strengthens His Backbone

Republican lawmakers are setting the stage for a disastrous two years in Congress marked by manufactured crisis after crisis and ignoring the needs of working families. Fortunately, President Barack Obama is showing some much-needed backbone by refusing to cave to the...
Top Five Inequality Moments of 2014

Top Five Inequality Moments of 2014

We’re now going on 7 years since the 2008 financial crisis made inequality a hot topic for Americans. Looking back on 2014, it’s easy to see inequality remains a top issue that hasn’t gone anywhere. Below is my roundup of the top 5 inequality moments of 2014 (of...
The Visa Curse

The Visa Curse

Many American women are still told they have to choose between love and career. But for many immigrants, that outdated dilemma is legally enforced. “I am here legally but I don’t have the right to work or even open an independent bank account,” Rashi Bhatnagar, an...
Just “Ending the Violence” Isn’t Enough

Just “Ending the Violence” Isn’t Enough

The demand for accountability and human rights is now stretching from Ferguson and Staten Island to Iraq and Syria — and beyond, to the even longer-standing Israel-Palestine crisis. In this two-part interview, Phyllis Bennis discusses the need for a political approach...
Why is the US Bombing Iraq and Syria?

Why is the US Bombing Iraq and Syria?

Why is the US bombing in Iraq and Syria? Where did ISIS come from and is it an imminent threat to the US? What are the root causes of the conflicts in this region? What is the impact of US military intervention – now and in the past? And are there alternatives...