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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?

Blaming themselves for their plight, the unemployed don’t look to protest—or to government—for a way out.

It's Time for Debt Forgiveness, American-Style

The nation’s largest banks are methodically harvesting the last possible pound of flesh from millions of homeowners. We should put a stop to it.

Occupy Wall Street

As the Congressional budget supercommittee deliberates, fiscal hawks are calling for “tough choices.” The 99 percent are demanding economic justice.


While no one said that reforming Wall Street would be easy for President Obama, the big-money backlash against his proposals has been surprisingly swift and screechy.

September 9, 2010

The fight over Congress's jobs bill has made the GOP's midterm election strategy clear: stubbornly oppose anything and everything that might improve the economy and hope voters blame Democrats for these tough times come November.

August 4, 2010

Economic insecurity in America is on the rise—and was even before the Great Recession.

August 3, 2010

David Stockman, Reagan's OMB director, warns against maintaining tax cuts for the rich and other misguided economic policies.

August 2, 2010

Closing the gap between the wealthy and the poor is not as cut-and-dried as Obama paints it to be, but Senator Bernie Sanders has some alternative solutions for the problem.

July 30, 2010

It's been said that only death and taxes are certain. But the "death tax" is anything but certain right now. Costing the Treasury billions, Congress has allowed the estate tax to expire.

July 26, 2010

Structural financial reform will come not through the sweep of a single piece of legislation, but with new innovative economic models that better reflect the democratic values of this country.

July 22, 2010

As the bankers and corporate lobbyists fight to diminish new financial regulation, Elizabeth Warren—leading activist and thinker in favor of reform—should be the top contender to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  

July 20, 2010

Failure to extend unemployment benefits is a problem created by both the GOP and the democratic Congress, Laura Flanders and Tim Carney explain on The Ed Show, guest hosted by Christopher Hayes

July 1, 2010

David Leonhardt, writing in the New York Times, quotes source after source saying, "The world’s rich countries are now conducting a dangerous experiment."

June 30, 2010