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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.

Blogs

There’s still time for Congress to decide not to ruin the holidays for 1.3 million unemployed Americans. 

December 11, 2013

Warren used rampant 2016 speculation to juice an important debate over expanded benefits.

November 18, 2013

Democrats are now unified in extended the crucial benefits--will Republicans go along?

November 15, 2013

Two cheers for Bill Gross, the co-founder and managing director of PIMCO, the California-based bond house that manages some $2 trillion in other people’s wealth.

November 4, 2013

The budget conference committee should consider a real alternative to austerity.

October 29, 2013

The smallest federal enforcement outfit has perhaps the best record on Wall Street prosecutions. Why?

October 23, 2013

Amid pressure from progressive and women's right organizations, President Obama has nominated Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve. 

October 9, 2013

The outspoken congressman wants to use the budget crisis to advance his privatization agenda.

October 9, 2013

In a brilliant 1996 essay, political theorist Sheldon Wolin connected austerity economics to a broader Republican philosophy of governance--or lack thereof.

September 28, 2013

Obama has a chance to name a reformer as Fed Chair and make good on the "new politics" he promised in 2008.

September 16, 2013