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This phony debt crisis has now passed through the looking glass into the realm where madness reigns.

After years of unnecessary spending and tax cuts, Republican politicians are finally complaining about unfathomable amounts of debt.

According to Washington, the crisis of the hour is the debt ceiling. According to ordinary Americans, the crisis is unemployment. 

 Ari Melber joins former Senator Ben Bradley to discuss the debt ceiling crisis. 

Obama's gutless decision to abandon Warren comes after the president populated his administration with the very people who created the financial meltdown.

Barack Obama

Republicans walked away from a budget deal not because cuts weren’t steep enough but because they included tax increases on the wealthiest. If they’re drawing a line in the sand, President Obama must, too.

How deceptive for politicians to stress “entitlements” when they talk about gutting Social Security and Medicare, two programs long paid for by their beneficiaries. 

Katrina vanden Heuvel explains how we have to shift the budget debate from one centered around Washington's debt crisis into one that looks at the full picture of America's jobs crisis.

Face it. We live in two nations, sharply divided by an enormous economic chasm between the super-rich and everyone else. 

Protests in Greece

The country is facing a convulsion unlike anything since the fall of the dictatorship in 1974.

Blogs

Yes, the far right performed well in Europe’s elections. But wherever voters had a clear choice between economic democracy and right-wing xenophobia, they went left.

June 9, 2014

It’s the product of both deregulatory neoliberal capitalism and Korea’s authoritarian past—a history in which the United States played no small part.

May 21, 2014

The visible success of the European Financial Transaction (a k a Robin Hood) tax should boost efforts to build support for such a tax in the US. 

May 5, 2014

One survey says job numbers are up, and another one says job numbers are down. Which one is correct?

May 2, 2014

Forty percent of households headed by someone under the age of thirty-five are saddled with student debt, unable to buy homes, raise families and secure their futures.  

April 23, 2014

In the face of a changing climate and a constrained domestic budget, the lunacy of fossil fuel subsidies is hard to overstate.

April 15, 2014

On Tax Day, it’s worth thinking about the ways to make the American tax system better. 

April 15, 2014

Why don't Republicans want to extend long-term jobless aid? Actually, it's hard to tell. 

April 8, 2014

Only one year removed from a pension-funding crisis, companies are getting a pass.

April 3, 2014

The new Fed chair came out in strong support of working families and the unemployed in her foundational speech this week. 

April 1, 2014