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People are wriggling free of the fetters of corporate culture.

Feeling squeezed? It's official: if you're not in management, the value of your paycheck is dropping at an alarming rate.

Good news in the stimulus package: low and middle income Americans receive cash to rev a slowing economy. Bad news: tax breaks for businesses won't help much at all.

OK, three-quarters of what he says is wacky. But his view of the Fed's contribution to rampant inflation is right on the money.

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?

Blogs

How committed is the president to kicking big money out of politics?

February 25, 2013

The rest of the developed world has left us in the dust since we enacted the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993.

February 5, 2013

Before we’re forced to pick our flavor of austerity, we should close tax loopholes in the financial sector to raise much-needed revenue.

February 4, 2013

Eric on Jazz at Lincoln Center and Reed on reining in defense spending.

January 24, 2013

&qlduo;We need a treasury secretary who is prepared to stand up to corporate America and their powerful lobbyists and fight for policies that protect the working families in our country. I do not believe Mr. Lew is that person.”

January 11, 2013

The new senator from Massachusetts has the savvy and guts to take on big (and ungrateful) finance. 

January 10, 2013

Obama’s nominee for Treasury Secretary has spent the better part of four decades going back and forth through the revolving door from Washington to Wall Street. Which side is he on?

January 10, 2013

The former congressman, who wants an interim appointment to the Senate, says the Department of Defense “could get by with a lot less.”

January 9, 2013

Congress’s late-night fiscal cliff deal was overall bad news for progressives.

January 2, 2013

A new year's resolution for Washington: make the economy work for working people. 

January 2, 2013