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The man behind Fix the Debt has spent decades trying to foment panic over a looming economic disaster, with little to show for it.

The “Fix the Debt” campaign is pure astroturf: corporate cash machinery masquerading as a grassroots uprising.

Dire warnings about the deficit don’t add up mathematically. But then, Fix the Debt is not really about the economy, it’s about gutting Medicare, Social Security and other social programs.

He may not have achieved the full FDR, but the president’s State of the Union speech, like his Inaugural, displayed a welcome progressive spirit.

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The decline of the progressive income tax and the rise of inequality.

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In the looming debt-ceiling fight, progressives must make the case for protecting social programs, raising revenues and cutting the Pentagon budget.

It’s past time for the rule to stop banks from making making risky bets with consumers’ money. But a House committee hearing devoted itself to stalling and lying about the Volcker Rule.

We are delighted to announce the winners of The Nation’s seventh annual Student Writing Contest, Andrew Gambrione and Tess Saperstein.

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How a central bank created to exist apart from politics got drawn into bitter political arguments. 

A few key points to keep in mind during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

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Ryan is asking the poor to be more flexible in being oppressed.

August 15, 2014

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