Why Republicans Will Keep the House

Democrats are daring to dream. But as strong as Hillary Clinton looks against Donald Trump four months before Election Day – earlier this month, data whiz Nate Silver gave Trump only a 19 percent shot at beating the former secretary of state – 2016 is not looking like a Democratic wave year. Continue reading

'There Is Another Kind of Violence, A Violence of Institutions'

As we've reflected on the events of the past week, one of my colleagues came across this speech made by Robert F. Kennedy at the Cleveland City Club on April 5, 1968. She encountered it on a recently published blog post and, at first, didn't realize that it was nearly 40 years old. Many of us have been remembering the events of 1968 and feeling an uncomfortable familiarity over the course of the past few days. Continue reading

Hillary's Choice: Why Tim Kaine Isn't a 'Safe' Pick

The author points out that Tim Kane is not a progressive and has time and again stood with Wall Street in favor of big banks. The article also points out that the Tim Kane choice was an affront to the progressives and a signal to the establishment that she will play ball.

Immigrants Don’t Steal Jobs or Wages. Billionaires Do

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine appointed an interdisciplinary task force  to look at that question. It found that, on the contrary, “immigration has an overall positive impact on long-run economic growth in the United States.” Immigration, the report says, has “little to no negative  effects on overall wages and employment of native-born workers in the longer term.” Native-born teenagers who have not finished high school may work fewer hours, at least in the short term. (They won’t lose jobs.)

Like Kryptonite to Campaign Finance Reform

Donald Trump who had campaigned to change Washington and rid it of its lobbyist is demonstrating that he has no intention to do so by picking Donald McGahn as his chief ethics lawyer. McGahn's background includes as counsel and ethics advisor to former Rep Tom Delay (R-TX) who was indicted for conspiring to launder corporate cash into campaign contributions for Delay’s PAC.

The Latest Sneaky Attempt to Increase Corporate Political Power

The House’s appropriations bill, includes riders that would further pare back campaign finance rules that have already been decimated over the last decade, in large part through Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United and McCutcheon v. FEC. These rulings and a Congress hell-bent on deregulating the campaign finance system has lead to increasingly expensive elections, with the money that helps candidates win often pouring in from anonymous interests. Watchdog groups and journalists call these billions from shadowy sources “dark money.”