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Barack Obama

A powerful, bipartisan coalition of deficit hawks has manufactured a center-right consensus that dominates the Beltway.

Roars of applause for executions at the GOP debate, official approval of torture, barbaric prison conditions, obstruction of aid to storm victims and children in need—is our nation descending into barbarism?

A rural post office

The privatization vultures and deficit hawks want to pick apart this essential public service. But the PO is not only a vital community asset; it’s perfectly positioned to lead the country into the digital future.

The GOP declares Keynesianism dead, but it hasn’t really been tried. The great economist would have us do much more than “prime the pump” to pull the country out of this morass.

The forces fighting against Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union agenda are halting the Tea Party’s momentum. Will President Obama stand with them?

Barack Obama

Just three years ago, President Obama was an unapologetic Keynesian. Now, he's jumped on the deficit hysteria bandwagon.

In the United States, the richest 400 people own more collective wealth than the bottom 150 million. As Alperovitz puts it, this is quite literally medieval. 

The UK rioters know full well that their elites are looters too.

Why did Standard & Poor's take the seemingly radical step of downgrading the US government's credit rating, and how do ratings agencies wield such power in the first place?

Barack Obama

Obama must stop searching for common ground—and start defining higher ground.

Blogs

In the face of a changing climate and a constrained domestic budget, the lunacy of fossil fuel subsidies is hard to overstate.

April 15, 2014

On Tax Day, it’s worth thinking about the ways to make the American tax system better. 

April 15, 2014

Why don't Republicans want to extend long-term jobless aid? Actually, it's hard to tell. 

April 8, 2014

Only one year removed from a pension-funding crisis, companies are getting a pass.

April 3, 2014

The new Fed chair came out in strong support of working families and the unemployed in her foundational speech this week. 

April 1, 2014

A new study exposes the hidden consequences of government contracting for workers and communities

March 24, 2014

Thomas Piketty’s ambitious, lucid Capital in the Twenty-First Century explains the depth and scope of our inequality problem.

March 14, 2014

During a decade when economic inequality grew by leaps and bounds in the rest of the world, it declined significantly in Latin America.

March 13, 2014

Even though he's in the ‘cooling off’ period, Kyl is lobbying on a proposed tax overhaul.

March 10, 2014

What remains to be seen is whether the IMF will use this research to develop policies that grow the economy through redistribution.

March 6, 2014