Raising Rates: A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come

The Fed has signaled that it is likely to hike interest rates next month, but major labor-market reforms are still needed.

The Labor Prospect: Trading Promises

Obama touts the TPP, union endorsements favor Clinton, and Fight for 15 plans its biggest strike ever. 

What the Right Still Doesn't Get About the Media

It isn't "liberal bias" leading them to ask Ben Carson difficult questions.

America's White Working Class Is a Dying Breed

After decades of economic and social decline, the group's rising death toll should come as no surprise. 

How the U.S. Government Became Both More Secretive and More Open

The same decades that saw the growth of national-security secrecy saw the rise of the public’s “right to know.”  

An Insidious Way to Underrepresent Minorities

Cuts in U.S. Census funding threaten to produce an undercount of minorities and the poor and to reduce their share of federal aid.

The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Ugly

Progressives voted in a handful of good government reforms on Tuesday, but conservatives from Kentucky to Texas carried the day. 

The Bathroom Bogeyman Rules in the Home of the Brave

In a ballot measure designed to overturn Houston's nondiscrimination ordinance, a cootie offensive prevailed.

The Labor Prospect: Election Hangover

Depressing news at the ballot box, more companies ditch on-call scheduling, and Clinton talks union rights. 

Creating a Conflict of Interest

The L.A. Times’s putative saviors have already compromised the paper’s good name.

Who Will Be Hillary's Economic Team?

While Clinton has been moving in a progressive direction recently, a critical test will be her choice of a senior economic team. 

Why the Media Are Digging Jeb Bush's Grave

The Bush Deathwatch is under way, and it bears only a partial relationship to reality.

A Shocking Rise in White Death Rates in Midlife -- and What It Says About American Society

Drugs, alcohol, and suicide have taken an unparalleled toll on middle-aged whites, especially those with a high school degree or less.

Who's Behind Friedrichs?

The right-wing one-percenters who are funding a mega-attack on unions

Now That They're Together, Can Bernie Sanders's Volunteers Build a New Left?

To create a large and vibrant left like that of the 1960s, his progressive volunteers must continue to mobilize after the election—not just during the campaign.