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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.

Megaphone that reads Tax the Rich

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

Dollar bills

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.

A woman walks past a sign on a supermarket window

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.

Worker

Efforts to reduce unemployment and curb inequality must be considered alongside urgent threats to the environment and democracy. 

Blogs

The poor have long known that a budget cut passed in Congress means hardship in real life. Now middle-class Americans realize that, too.

April 28, 2013

Obama’s “chained CPI” saves only half of what the estate tax exemption loses. Do dead millionaires really matter more than Social Security?

April 25, 2013

Cheney and Rove are “essentially invisible” at Bush’s museum. But they sure weren’t during his presidency.

April 25, 2013

If you destroy one part of the social safety net, those in need will turn to what’s left.

March 28, 2013

The Ryan budget proposal’s devastating implications and the clear, humane alternative proposed by the CPC.

March 16, 2013

At look at the Ryan budget proposal's devastating implications and the clear, humane alternative proposed by the CPC.

March 16, 2013

Short version: a huge reduction in many of the programs they rely on.

March 12, 2013

The $85 billion sequester will hurt our economy—and our people.

March 2, 2013

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

February 25, 2013