The American economy is taking off and not looking back. The Labor Department reported that 321,000 jobs were added in November and also reported that last month saw the biggest gain in hourly wages since June of 2013.
Two states plus Washington D.C. can follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington state by voting in favor of fully legalizing marijuana with ballot initiatives, this mid-term election cycle. The states that have decided to have their electorate vote on ballot measures this time around are: Alaska, Oregon, and Florida.
When is it time to throw in the towel and accept that the tide has turned? Napoleon must have asked himself this very question after being humiliated in the Battle of Waterloo and summarily exiled for the remainder of his life. It's also the same question many anti-gay marriage activists must be asking themselves after the Supreme Court refused to wade back into the gay marriage debate.
Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of New York City today to warn the world that humans are killing the planet and insist that something has to be done to fix it before it becomes too late.
Several months behind Colorado, but still only the second state in our union to do so, Washington state has begun to officially sell recreational marijuana. Sales began on July 8th. As with Colorado, the first day of sales was largely celebratory and more historic in nature, than anything else.
Back on November 6th, 2012, the bold states of Colorado and Washington passed ballot measures alongside the last presidential election process to fully legalize marijuana.
"I recently read an article in Politico called ‘Everything Is Awesome,’” Senator Elizabeth Warren declared at the recent AFL-CIO Summit on Raising Wages. We appreciate her reading habits, and especially her acknowledgement that “the author recognized that not everything is awesome.” It’s a song from a children’s movie; it wasn’t intended to be taken literally. America is by no means a utopia. As the article said, many Americans are still hurting.
After more than five years of elusive gains, ordinary Americans may finally be about to see the benefits of the recovery where it really counts: in their pocketbooks and wallets.
When it comes to Barack Obama, I've always been out of sync. Back in 2008, when many liberals were wildly enthusiastic about his candidacy and his press was strongly favorable, I was skeptical. I worried that he was naive, that his talk about transcending the political divide was a dangerous illusion given the unyielding extremism of the modern American right. Furthermore, it seemed clear to me that, far from being the transformational figure his supporters imagined, he was rather conventional-minded: Even before taking office, he showed signs of paying far too much attention to what some of us would later take to calling Very Serious People, people who regarded cutting budget deficits and a willingness to slash Social Security as the very essence of political virtue. And I wasn't wrong.
The unexpected drop in the jobless rate below 6 percent for the first time in more than six years offers Democrats their last, best hope to change the minds of voters who have long since soured on their economic stewardship. But if history is any guide, the 248,000 jobs that employers created in September won't translate into many more votes for President Obama's party in November. After all, the unemployment rate at this point in 2006 was a sturdy 4.5 percent, but that didn't stop voters angry about the Iraq War from sweeping out Republicans in a "thumping" rebuke of President George W. Bush.
Somehow, in a year with tight, interesting races in places like Arkansas and North Carolina, the Kansas statewide contests have become the most exciting contests in the country. In the Kansas gubernatorial race, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is losing his re-election bid to Democrat Paul Davis—the HuffPost Pollster average puts Davis ahead by 3.6 points—while GOP Sen. Pat Roberts is losing his race to Greg Orman, a multimillionaire independent whose chief appeal is that he isn’t Roberts.
Here are the top five ways the Republicans have sabotaged the economic recovery during the last few years.
This blogger desires to avoid politics. That’s why his tag line is, “I want to explain how things work, not what you should believe.” However, He is so distressed by the 2012 platform released by the Texas Republican Party that he finds it impossible not to comment.
Bloomberg studied the past 50 years of U.S. job creation, under Democratic and Republican presidents. The facts: For the near half-century following the Kennedy administration, Democrats created nearly twice as many private-sector jobs as Republicans.
Democratic Legislation that Helps Achieve the Goal of Improving the Economy