Seventy-five years ago, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which forced over 120,000 Japanese Americans — most of them American citizens by birthright — to forfeit their homes, belongings, and businesses, and to be incarcerated behind barbed wire in concentration camps. This act, which came in the midst of what

For decades, the Republican Party’s signature economic policy agenda has been to reduce taxes on the rich. In order to justify their agenda, the party has developed an elaborate ideology of taxation that says taxing the rich makes them less likely to do things in the public interest, like supply their highly-skilled labor and invest

To Resist Tyranny, Look South

For the last two weeks, progressives have been glued to the confirmation hearings of a not-so-secret cabal bent on rolling back the gains of the Obama era. A Department of (In)Justice, a Department of Health that won’t guarantee health coverage, and a Department of Energy whose head won’t rule out cuts to energy efficiency and renewable

During her confirmation hearing earlier this week, Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, was asked by Senator Patty Murray to make a commitment that she would not cut funding or work toward privatization of schools. DeVos responded by saying: I look forward, if confirmed, to working with you to talk about how

Today, Steven Mnuchin faces his confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary. Since President-Elect Donald Trump selected Mnuchin as his pick for Treasury Secretary, several stories have emerged about the nominee that could be considered disqualifying: for instance, the story of how Mnuchin and his family profited from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, to the tune of several

The Women’s March on Washington has released an incredibly bold and progressive policy platform that lays out a clear vision for a fairer and more inclusive future. In taking on such a wide slate of policy issues, the platform acknowledges that the rules of our society and our economy are, at their core, deeply gendered and

In the wake of the most divisive national election in modern memory, President Obama has stressed that the president-elect and others in positions of power must send out “signals of unity” to maintain “the norms of a functioning democracy,” including the norms of “civility, tolerance, and a commitment to reason…facts and analysis.” But evidence of

While on the campaign trail, President-Elect Donald Trump spoke on several occasions about the importance of tackling corporate antitrust issues. Most notably, Trump targeted the acquisition of The Washington Post by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and the proposed AT&T-Time Warner merger. Regarding the Post acquisition, Trump stated that “[Bezos has] got a huge antitrust problem

America needs genuine infrastructure investment now more than ever—and that means more than just filling potholes. It means building the foundation for 21st century commerce, which is a long-term strategic necessity. It includes public investments in high-speed rail, universal broadband, and a carbon-reducing power grid, all of which will drive growth and help usher in

AT&T’s proposed $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner has been met with skepticism from Wall Street as well as open opposition from politicians and regulators. Commentary on the merger has flagged the significant anticompetitive concerns associated with the proposed vertical integration of a content creator (Time Warner) and content distributor (AT&T) across two highly concentrated