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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.

(Shuttershock.com)

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

Outside the cloistered confines of the Capitol Hill, and the few blocks of southern Manhattan where he is a hero, the Budget Committee chair is bombing.

April 28, 2011

According to polls, only about 6 percent of Americans are following with any close attention the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  But that's not stopping the media fascination on both sides of the Atlantic with Americans’ supposed fascination with Britain's royals.

April 27, 2011

According to Glenn Beck, SEIU organizer Stephen Lerner is a "mastermind worse than Osama bin Laden."

April 27, 2011

Governor Snyder's emergency manager deploys agents to crush a student protest opposing the privatization of Detroit public schools.

April 27, 2011

He’s a Republican rock star in Washington. But the House Budget Committee chair’s tour of his home district is flopping as constituents say: "Hands Off Our Medicare!"

April 26, 2011

The Reverend Al Sharpton and education and labor leaders will participate in protests today opposing the governor’s treatment of working families.

April 26, 2011

Republican members of the House and Senate are getting an earful at home from constituents who oppose attacks on Medicare and Medicaid and favor tax hikes for the rich. One GOP senator says they should avoid the fury by staying in DC.

April 25, 2011

The Koch brothers sent out packets advising their employees for whom to vote, giving a sample of the damage that the Citizens United Supreme Court decision is already unleashing on our democracy.

April 25, 2011

Another week, another standoff over government spending. But hostage-taking Republicans aren‘t in as strong a position as they think they are.

April 25, 2011

In a violation of their First Amendment rights, students have been suspended for protesting their district’s budget cuts. New York unions plan a massive rally to oppose the financial industry's unscrupulous practices and Mayor Bloomberg’s slashing of social services.

April 25, 2011