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Baltimore housing

The cumulative effects of years of deindustrialization, weakened unions and soaring inequality have fundamentally reordered the country.

Libertarians and leftists alike predict a world of competing digital currencies.

Walmart

Taxpayers are basically moneylenders to a government that is far more interested in subsidizing business than in caring for their workers.

Dollar bill

A brilliant book has named the problem of our time. But will anything change?

Jobs fair

The federal government can easily afford a job guarantee program, becoming our employer of last resort.

Thomas Piketty

How to avoid the slide toward a world of increasingly separated haves and have-nots.

Garment worker

Despite some laudatory local and state efforts, taxpayer dollars are still being used to purchase clothes made in sweatshops.

Blogs

What does it mean to be poor in the United States?

May 4, 2012

In Philadelphia, people living in poverty and people who want to eradicate poverty are attempting to break down barriers and forge an alliance.

May 4, 2012

A new independent poll from Wisconsin shows the anti-labor governor's approval ratings are tanking, and the leading Democratic candidate has moved narrowly ahead of him.

May 3, 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

The struggle to fund cash assistance in Illinois is a case study in what's wrong with the TANF block grant.

April 27, 2012

As the Budget Committee chairman delivers a major address at a Catholic university, Jesuits say, "your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

April 26, 2012

Democratic congressmen who voted with Republicans on budget issues—and opposed healthcare reform—lost in primaries where populist economic messages won out.

April 25, 2012

Georgia does its damndest to get to zero welfare recipients, and California decides whether poor pregnant women should receive aid before their third trimester.

April 20, 2012

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

April 19, 2012

Congress is debating various slash-and-burn proposals that would lead to privatization of the postal service. But it does not have to happen. The USPS is not broke. It ought to be renewed and expanded.

April 17, 2012