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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

Past experience with block granting the social safety net paints a dismal picture.

October 15, 2012

Everyone's talking about how Romney won’t name the tax deductions he will reduce—but he’s named three.

October 3, 2012

Paul Ryan told Fox he could not explain GOP economic plans because it would take too much time. But an hour-and-a-half long debate should provide Mitt Romney with enough time to do so.

October 2, 2012

The Inclusive Prosperity Tax would increase revenue for social services Americans need the most. 

September 25, 2012

A sweet day for the financial traders does not necessarily translate into good news for Joe Sixpack.

September 14, 2012

The country should look to Congressman Keith Ellison, not Paul Ryan for a fiscal vision.

September 14, 2012

Resorting to “root canal economics,” the Republicans are falling into a trap. 

August 30, 2012

Let’s at least set the record straight.

August 30, 2012

Paul Ryan made his choice long ago. He’s not going to level with the American people. He’s going to try to make them believe things that are not true.

August 30, 2012

For years, he's justified his austerity budgets with premonitions of a spike in inflation and interest rates. Problem is it hasn't happened.

August 21, 2012