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Bush turns out to be the undertaker of the free market's false promises to ordinary Americans.

An economy addicted to growth, bubbles, downsizing and lending sprees--has become disconnected from the real economy of ordinary human needs.

No matter how much it adds to inflation, the Fed, prodded by Wall Street, is poised to again lower interest rates--punching an even bigger hole in our purchasing power.

Politicians and economists find it hard to admit that we have two economies--one for the rich and one for everyone else--and the latter has been in a recession, if not a depression, for a long, long time.

Two new books seek to galvanize progressives at a key political moment: Paul Krugman's The Conscience of a Liberal and Jonathan Chait's The Big Con.

The softening economy, foreclosures, bank write-offs, the swooning dollar and stock market are intruding on the politics of 2008. Do the candidates have a clue?

As the superrich get richer, the rest of us sink deeper into debt. But when American consumers can no longer consume, our whole system falls apart.

Corporate America spends millions lobbying to win permanent most favored nation (MFN) trade status for China, with its vast market and dirt-cheap labor force.

The political mainstream is beholden to sclerotic economic policies that serve only a fraction of the public's interests.

His autobiography sheds light on what motivates hard-right political leaders to apply brutal economic shock therapy.

Blogs

Obama asks for Brazil’s help in solving US domestic problems, but offers little in return.

March 21, 2011

Fiscal hawks in the US and Britain define policy while ignoring catastrophe.

March 15, 2011

Obama's budget rejects the steep cuts advocated by Republicans and his deficit commission. But the president is still playing on the GOP’s turf by emphasizing cuts instead of jobs.

February 14, 2011

The president's budget is a compromise document. Republicans say it does not go far enough. But it slashes low-income heating assistance, community programs, higher-ed loans and environmental clean-up in low-income neighborhoods. Obama and his aides “aren’t giving us a very wise set of choices,” says Democrat Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

February 14, 2011

Reed reports on the Republicans’ efforts to prove that when it comes to climate change, the deficit and pretty much anything else, they can be both hostile and disrespectful.

February 10, 2011

A Washington insider says to expect a push from White House to ratify the flawed Colombia Free Trade Treaty.  Also to be expected: rising body counts of trade unionists.

February 3, 2011

The president's adviser offered few specifics of how the president planned to make promised new investments while observing a five-year domestic spending freeze.

January 27, 2011

With the deal now done, key Democrats warn about mounting deficits and threat to social programs, with Oregon's Peter DeFazio declaring: "This is a raw deal for seniors, taxpayers and working men and women."

December 17, 2010

A new compromise between leading Republicans and President Obama to extend an expiring tax policy may end up benefiting some of its student opponents.

December 14, 2010

Republican activist Grover Norquist once famously declared that he'd like to shrink the federal government to the point where he could drown it in a bathtub—but a little-noticed provision in the "tax cut compromise" might well drain the states' sinks first.

December 10, 2010