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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.

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Past experience with block granting the social safety net paints a dismal picture.

October 15, 2012

Everyone's talking about how Romney won’t name the tax deductions he will reduce—but he’s named three.

October 3, 2012

Paul Ryan told Fox he could not explain GOP economic plans because it would take too much time. But an hour-and-a-half long debate should provide Mitt Romney with enough time to do so.

October 2, 2012

The Inclusive Prosperity Tax would increase revenue for social services Americans need the most. 

September 25, 2012

A sweet day for the financial traders does not necessarily translate into good news for Joe Sixpack.

September 14, 2012

The country should look to Congressman Keith Ellison, not Paul Ryan for a fiscal vision.

September 14, 2012

Resorting to “root canal economics,” the Republicans are falling into a trap. 

August 30, 2012

Let’s at least set the record straight.

August 30, 2012

Paul Ryan made his choice long ago. He’s not going to level with the American people. He’s going to try to make them believe things that are not true.

August 30, 2012

For years, he's justified his austerity budgets with premonitions of a spike in inflation and interest rates. Problem is it hasn't happened.

August 21, 2012