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Republicans in Congress are quietly killing the provisions of Obama’s stimulus act that have kept millions out of poverty.

Food stamps

For all its flaws, the food stamp program helps one in seven Americans put food on the table.

An unemployed person

With 5.7 million Americans out of work six months or more, benefits for the unemployed are woefully inadequate—and even so, the GOP would cut them.

Mother with her child

“When Clinton signed Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, I knew single mothers like me would suffer. Fifteen years later, millions have been kicked off the welfare rolls.”

Ignoring the signs of dire need, the government is slashing its housing budget.

In contrast to Obama’s go-easy approach, officials like Eric Schneiderman and Martha Coakley are insisting on vigorous prosecution of bankers.

Newt Gingrich

Gingrich, the champion of child labor, has risen to the top of a GOP field so extreme it would scare Goldwater and Reagan.

A Greek flag flies in Athens

After months of political upheaval and chaos in the bond markets, few investors believe austerity programs are a route to growth and debt reduction.

His 1934 California gubernatorial run created one of the most important mass movements ever,  helped push the New Deal to the left -- and inspired the birth of the modern political campaign.

The vast majority of Americans want Congress to focus on jobs. So why is it still focused on deficit reduction—and making key budget decisions in secret?

Blogs

Even as we snicker at Europe’s misfortunes, the continent has a unique opportunity to become a truly united state.

June 15, 2012

The latest election spat holds an important clue about who has real solutions for the stagnant recovery.

June 11, 2012

The working-age population is growing. The offiical labor force is not. What's going on? 

May 17, 2012

Mitt says he will lead on debt reduction, but he avoids saying how. 

May 15, 2012

The largest IPO in history serves us lessons in what it means to love your country. 

May 14, 2012

Wisconsin's governor once warned against suggesting that protests and recalls were causing job losses. Now, as his own job is threatened, he says dissent is the problem.

April 30, 2012

Would the European high school apprenticeship model work in the United States?

April 19, 2012

Members of the US House will, in a series of votes Thursday, have an opportunity to offer their views not just on the Obama budget and Paul Ryan's budget, but also on the Congressional Progressive Caucus "Budget for All."

March 28, 2012

With millions still on the verge of losing their homes, why is the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency standing in the way of solutions for the housing crisis? 

March 21, 2012

Our police force is the only entity that can ensure protection and justice. We must reform it, not opt out of it.

March 20, 2012