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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.

Foreclosed

Is America finally learning that extreme inequality isn't just bad for those at the bottom—it’s ruinous for those on top, too?

When Congress, the president and the media run roughshod over popular will and citizen action, small-d democracy pays the price.

Deficit hawks argue that excessive government spending drives the US's debt woes. They're wrong.

The economy is a shambles, saved from a free fall only by the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented promise of free money for banks for at least two years.

The only way to provide for a growing populace in need of a larger infrastructure is by raising the debt ceiling.

This "Super" Committee is actually a ticking time bomb strapped to two sacred cows: military spending and social spending.

Barack Obama

Take a dollar from working stiffs who need government, take a dollar from the super-rich who don’t need a tax break. How fair is that?

Blogs

Europe's workers march against austerity, but no government will challenge the new neoliberal orthodoxy.

September 30, 2010

Though progressives have ample reason to be disappointed, they should resist the temptation to sit out the November elections.

September 27, 2010

Just as the sequel to Oliver Stone's 1987 classic hits theaters, Obama appointee Elizabeth Warren will take on a new generation of Wall Street swindlers.

September 20, 2010

The massive job losses between 2008 and 2009 were surely the biggest factor in the record poverty numbers the Census just reported. But those harrowing months were neither the beginning nor the end of the problem.

September 17, 2010

Fifteen million Americans are unemployed. Poverty is up. One in four homes is under water. It's time for a serious debate on the nation's economic direction.

September 16, 2010

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