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Costco Warehouse

Costco has cultivated a sterling reputation, but labor activists describe horrors down the supply chain.

The inside story of JPMorgan Chase’s landmark mortgage settlement

Tobacco Workers

Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur visited the tobacco fields of North Carolina. What she saw there should concern all Americans.

Both Republicans and Democrats want to solve economic insecurity by giving people more purchasing power. There’s a better solution.

Detroit Water Protest

Detroit residents are fighting austerity for all of us.

Micro-apartments have become trendy in planning circles, but their austerity is just another limit on the aspirations of the poor.

San Diego

Since June, San Diego and Los Angeles have passed a trio of minimum wage increases. Which city will be next?

Amazon

As the online behemoth strengthens its monopoly over the marketplace, publishers, like bookstores, are in a fight for survival.

Citibank

The collapse of the housing market cost Americans $16 trillion. But the banks that caused it are getting away with a slap on the wrist.

Blogs

Yesterday brought a mixed bag of news for reformers on Capitol Hill.

September 24, 2010

The 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi are on the verge of a historically unprecedented complete and utter implosion.

September 23, 2010

The war on drugs. We keep calling it that, it seems, because we like wars on abstract concepts.

September 23, 2010

The Devil we know certainly has friends. Time for other voices to be raised, loud, fast.

September 22, 2010

With Larry Summers leaving, who should Obama pick to shake up his economic team? Things could get better—or worse.

September 22, 2010

Why did Obama keep Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers on staff when they helped lay the groundwork for the financial crisis?

September 20, 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

 More and more, as the economic crisis continues and unemployment stays high, many politicians, labor officials and economists want to blame China and worse, take it out on China by punishing Beijing with sanctions, tariffs and other measures, even at the risk of trade war. What the United States needs to do instead is to create a domestic industrial policy to revive manufacturing, tax the rich, strengthen education and job training, and other measures to revive American decline. One country that has done a lot of that already is Germany.

September 19, 2010

Progressives worry that Obama is being "coy" about the authority he has handed the consumer champion. They're right to worry, and to keep the pressure on.

September 17, 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