Politics

The Labor Prospect: The Department of Labor Is on a Rulemaking Run

The Obama administration moves to solidify the president's legacy on labor issues, and economists debate the impact of minimum-wage increases.

How the Fight for 15 Won

A timeline of the events that led to California's progressive victory

Donald Trump's Ignorant Honesty

Unlike the career politicians he's competing against, the Donald never learned what he is and isn't supposed to say. 

What’s the Right Minimum Wage?

Our goal should be a living wage, not zero job loss.

A Tale of Two Subway Systems

Washington Metro riders might complain about their subway system, but it could be worse—just look at Boston.

Chicago Teachers Join with Fight for 15 and Black Lives Matter in One-Day Strike

Labor leaders and activists unite in opposition to funding cuts, and see a broader fight against anti-union measures pushed by the state’s Republican governor.

Don't Dismantle Government—Fix It

Under assault from conservatives, government actually holds the key to American prosperity.

Don't Dismantle Government—Fix It

Under assault from conservatives, government actually holds the key to American prosperity.

FDA Ruling Reshapes Abortion Battle

New federal labeling guidelines for the abortion pill deliver a major victory to the abortion-rights movement, and throw opponents of the procedure on the defensive.

In North Carolina, Backlash Against Anti-LGBT Bill Continues

Protesters gathered in Raleigh and Chapel Hill to oppose HB2, chronicled here in a photo essay.

In North Carolina, Backlash Against Anti-LGBT Bill Continues

Protesters gathered in Raleigh and Chapel Hill to oppose HB2, chronicled here in a photo essay.

At the Court and in California, a Great Week for Labor

The Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case and a pending minimum wage hike in California capture labor’s triumphs—and its limitations.

Could Paul Ryan Be the Koch Brothers’ Dream Candidate?

They've got the machinery in place to run a presidential candidacy. All that's missing is the candidate.

Arizona Becomes Ground Zero in Fight Over Secret Political Spending

Republicans have taken direct aim at the state’s campaign-finance disclosure laws, but critics warn that the move will unleash a flood of dark money. 

The Democrats as a Movement Party

What would it take to get the “broken engine of progressive politics” working again?

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