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New federal guidelines for banks and credit card companies that boost minimum monthly payments have wreaked havoc on American families struggling to pay their bills and avoid bankruptcy.

American business elites in Davos for the World Economic Forum are
far more interested in global markets and corporate investors than they
are in ordinary Americans' needs.

Nicholas Kristof produces a steady stream of titillating reports on
child prostitution in the Third World. Better to focus on draconian
economic reforms driven by the World Bank that create the conditions
for prostitution.

The late socialist economist Harry Magdoff read Marx at
fifteen and never looked back. A self-educated co-editor of the
Monthly Review, he not only fought for a just and humane world;
he embodied his politics in the way he conducted his life.

It's not true that only the rich can help the poor. We must work to empower nations like
Bangladesh that are addressing the problem of hunger by creating networks of
schools, health training and micro-loans.

The election of former coca farmer Evo Morales as Bolivia's first
indigenous president appears to be an enormous victory for the left, as
yet another Latin American nation turns away from Washington-driven
economics. But will Morales be able to live up to his promise of
home-grown solutions for this cash-poor yet resource-rich nation?

The cynical restructuring plan for bankrupt Delphi Automotive calls for
massive wage and benefit givebacks for 51,000 American workers.
Governors of affected states must craft strategies to minimize loss of
jobs and income.

Interest rates nosed higher today as the Federal Reserve Board
sought to control inflation. But the impact of runaway inflation is
already being felt by workers whose wages will stagnate and whose
earning power is on a steep decline.

Marc Cooper interviews Gore Vidal about an America that is increasingly
controlled by corporations and suggests that the Gulf Coast hurricanes
and the Iraq debacle signal the breakdown of an empire.

As House Republicans use the cost of recovery from Gulf Coast storms as
an excuse to rip last-minute holes in the social safety net, it's not
too late to change priorities.

Blogs

The Washington Post spins myths about the poor, Congressional battles impact the poor, and Mitt Romney doesn’t give a damn about the poor.

February 2, 2012

Romney misattributed the key quote of his Florida victory speech to the pamphleteer. But that's hardly the only reason why Paine would have decried the Bain Capitalist.

February 1, 2012

Iraq veteran and former Wall Street banker Derek McGee—now an active participant in the Occupy Movement—said on Countdown with Keith Olbermann that he felt Occupy protesters were being “oppressed by the police.”

January 31, 2012

If Newt Gingrich does make it into the White House, he will have a “direct and personal debt” to billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

January 30, 2012

President Obama fails to mention poverty in his State of the Union address, even though 46 million Americans are living in it.

January 27, 2012

A strong State of the Union address outlines plenty of important themes. But above all, it hits a prospective opponent where he is weakest.

January 24, 2012

What do liberals think of the Republican race for the presidential nomination?

January 23, 2012

Eighty-eight percent of voters say that a presidential candidate’s position on equal opportunity for children of all races is important in determining their vote. But do our actions to fight poverty reflect that commitment?

January 20, 2012

Not for nothing is Newt going after the “food stamp president.” There’s a battle shaping up, but who will fight it?

January 19, 2012

Perry and Gingrich offer a surprisingly revealing criticism of Romney's brand of predatory capitalism.

January 19, 2012