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Kalpona Akter

Surging union growth and militancy is due to courageous leaders like Kalpona Akter: child laborer at 12, union president at 15, she’s now head of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity.

Children spinning

The country must find the political will to end this national disgrace.

Tar from the tobacco leaves stains the hands of young workers.

Young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen.

Michael Steele with a wild turkey he shot in 2012

Under pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work—a decision with grave consequences for several families.

Homeless

According to many conservatives, the poor have it easy.

Handcuffed

People like Luis Rivera are being locked out of the formal workforce forever thanks to one youthful mistake.

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The devaluation of “content” is bad for readers and for democracy.

George Mason University School of Law Professor Todd Zywicki.

Academics get paid by financial firms to testify against Dodd-Frank regulations. What’s wrong with this picture?

James Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Maybe it’s not too big to face criminal charges after all.

Blogs

The former senator's renewed public profile has progressives talking about an open Senate seat or a recall election against Governor Walker.

June 7, 2011

Governor Scott Walker fancied himself a new Ronald Reagan. Now he's looking like the next Herbert Hoover, as thousands are returning to the streets to block his budget and remove his legislative allies.

June 6, 2011

The rejection of Nobel Prize–winning economist Peter Diamond for the Fed Board illustrates how the GOP is systematically blocking well-qualified Obama nominees.

June 6, 2011

US Uncut protests Apple‘s plans to shelter its revenue from fair taxation during America's time of fiscal crisis.

June 6, 2011

Cables obtained from WikiLeaks document the influence the US Embassy sought over the nation in an expanse of nearly seven years—from ten months before the 2004 coup d’etat to just after the earthquake.

June 3, 2011

 This week, a series of groundbreaking reports about U.S. and U.N. policy toward Haiti. Plus, a comprehensive look at who's bankrolling the assault on Elizabeth Warren. And, we welcome guest-blogger Dana Goldstein.

June 3, 2011

According to Dave Zirin, the ongoing National Football League lockout hearings are all about the owners trying to take advantage of players and fans.

June 3, 2011

House Republicans passed a bill blocking TSA unionization yesterday, fulfilling a long-held goal.

June 3, 2011

Across the country, seniors are fighting back against real-life death panels: cuts to their aid and closures of life-saving facilities.

June 2, 2011

 President Obama has been strangely silent in the debt ceiling debate, leaving only the increasingly radical demands of the Tea Party to be heard. What's next?

June 1, 2011