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The financial crunch has broken the illusion of stability, exposing a deeper crisis of representation.

Supporters of the newly-elected French President Francois Hollande

As politicians dither, the threat of default spreads from Greece to Spain and Italy.

Soldiers in Afghanistan

Spending the same money on education, or clean energy, would bring many more jobs—among other benefits.

Homelessness

To restore the American Dream for the 99 percent, we must first bring the “invisible poor” out of the shadows.

Michael Harrington

Fifty years after the publication of The Other America, imagining that the author would find cause for hope—and dismay—in today's political culture.

Foreclosed home

It took pressure from progressives to get a partly decent mortgage fraud settlement. They can’t take their eyes off the prize now.

Ben Bernanke

It’s now the only governing institution that understands the depths of the economic crisis.

Protest in Greece

The eurocrisis fully exposes the folly of deficit mania in a time of recession. So why are the GOP candidates still oblivious?

A policeman in Athens

In less than two years, Athens has changed from a reasonably prosperous capital to a broken city.

Davos, Switzerland

Not really. But debates on rising inequality are now de rigueur at the World Economic Forum.

Blogs

A Washington insider says to expect a push from White House to ratify the flawed Colombia Free Trade Treaty.  Also to be expected: rising body counts of trade unionists.

February 3, 2011

The president's adviser offered few specifics of how the president planned to make promised new investments while observing a five-year domestic spending freeze.

January 27, 2011

With the deal now done, key Democrats warn about mounting deficits and threat to social programs, with Oregon's Peter DeFazio declaring: "This is a raw deal for seniors, taxpayers and working men and women."

December 17, 2010

A new compromise between leading Republicans and President Obama to extend an expiring tax policy may end up benefiting some of its student opponents.

December 14, 2010

Republican activist Grover Norquist once famously declared that he'd like to shrink the federal government to the point where he could drown it in a bathtub—but a little-noticed provision in the "tax cut compromise" might well drain the states' sinks first.

December 10, 2010

The Democratic Caucus has rejected the agreement between White House and Republicans.

December 9, 2010

Audit reveals the scope of "emergency" loans. Bernie Sanders wants to know if  "secret Fed loans turned out to be direct corporate welfare to big banks." It's time to expand this investigation—and to conbsider Robert Pollin's proposal to put at least some of this money to work for the US economy.

December 2, 2010

The co-chairs of the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform have a plan to address the nation's deficit and debt challenges by weakening Social Security and Medicare. They'll unveil it tomorrow. Today, Americans should tell Congress and the White House that there is no mandate for balancing the budget on the backs of working Americans. Call Congress. Raise a ruckus. Say: "Strengthen Social Security—Don't Cut It!"

November 30, 2010

Obama's Fiscal Commission puts cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid "on the table." The president's response is "weak." Pelosi says, "This proposal is simply unacceptable."

November 12, 2010

The key to revitalizing the economy is freeing up still-frozen credit markets. 

September 30, 2010