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Obama's endorsement of what he calls the 'Volcker Rule' for once puts him squarely on the side of ordinary Americans as opposed to the banking bandits who have so thoroughly fleeced the public.

A freeze on discretionary spending may poll well, but it endorses ignorance of how the federal government spends its money.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was summoned to testify before the House yesterday to answer two questions: why did he sign off on AIG paying full value on insurance for bad assets, and what was his role in the decision not to disclose that?

The first casualty of the president's political debacle will likely be Timothy Geithner, the severely over-confident treasury secretary well-known as a lapdog of Wall Street.

On the FCIC's second day of hearings, witnesses examined how Wall Street incentivized and why the Federal Reserve didn't stop subprime lending.

The federal inquiry hearings inevitably leads to the question: why aren't any these big players already in jail? And no, Bernie Madoff doesn't count.

Day 1 of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission didn't find any good answers to the causes of the financial crisis--but don't give up on the commission yet.

Katrina vanden Heuvel wonders if we can radically rethink our economic system.

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission sent a strong message by putting Wall Street titans under oath, but answers about the financial crisis proved evasive.

Chris Hayes argues that the US budget deficit can be resolved--even in the short term.

Blogs

Hillary now claims she’ll implement progressive economic policies—but Bill said the same in 1992.

March 10, 2015

Lean In Together tells men equality isn’t a zero-sum game. But it’s going to have to be.

March 5, 2015

In states from South Dakota to Oklahoma, right-wing representatives are pulling every string to try to keep the poor down.

February 18, 2015

If he doesn't read the writing on the bank notes, the president will be remembered as “Wrong-Way Obama.”

February 9, 2015

To strengthen corporate dominance, Washington steadily undermined democracy, encouraged exploitation and nourished anti-union violence in the south.

February 6, 2015

Europe remains politically and economically divided.

January 28, 2015

The 1 percent has captured the majority of gains since the Great Recession in most states.

January 26, 2015

Taxing financial transactions can provide real resources to address income inequality.

January 12, 2015

And if so, does the left party inherit a poisoned chalice? Or can it make a fresh start?

December 31, 2014

Progressive senators are objecting to Obama’s latest Wall Street nominee.

November 24, 2014