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While we wait for labor law reform, here are a few things unions can do.

What a lousy Christmas present.

Dear Dr. Madlaw,
   As a newly elected member of Congress, I am appalled at the high cost
of living in Washington. What's a hard-working public servant to do?

Critics of America's plans to oust Saddam Hussein militarily have
mounted powerful arguments, but not one has articulated a coherent
nonmilitary strategy to bring about the demise of the monstr

The financial scandals continue to produce more outrageous revelations,
but lately they come with lurid personal details more appropriate to
bottom-dwelling tabloids than the Wall Street Jou

Tony Hall, just before leaving Congress in September, sat in his office
in Longworth House Office Building and thought of something that had
stuck with him since a trip to Appalachia.

Support was provided by the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the
Dick Goldensohn Fund, and is gratefully acknowledged. Liza Featherstone
is writing a book about Wal-Mart and women workers, to be published by
Basic Books in late 2004.

Blogs

A new compromise between leading Republicans and President Obama to extend an expiring tax policy may end up benefiting some of its student opponents.

December 14, 2010

"Fortunately, the buck does not stop in the Senate," says United for a Fair Economy. "We are calling on the House to fight back and win a better deal for the sake of middle and working class Americans—those who will be saddled with massive new debt to pay for wasteful tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires."

December 14, 2010

On The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Katrina vanden Heuvel commends Bernie Sanders for standing up for the marginalized voices in the tax debate.

December 13, 2010

Vermont senator finishes remarkable protest by urging Americans to "stand up and say, 'that we can do better than this, that we don’t need to drive up the national debt by giving tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.'"

December 10, 2010

Republican activist Grover Norquist once famously declared that he'd like to shrink the federal government to the point where he could drown it in a bathtub—but a little-noticed provision in the "tax cut compromise" might well drain the states' sinks first.

December 10, 2010

House Democrats can and should focus on getting rid of the massive estate-tax exemption agreed to by President Obama and Senate Republicans. Speaker Pelosi has the arguments—and Thomas Jefferson's warning against allowing "an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth."

December 9, 2010

The Democratic Caucus has rejected the agreement between White House and Republicans.

December 9, 2010

Senator says: "Not only is this bad public policy—driving up the deficit, increasing the growing gap between the rich and everybody else—I think it is bad politics."

December 7, 2010

The president's commission did not get the support needed to force Congressional votes on a proposal to cut Social Security and Medicare. Now is the time for progressives to push Jan Schakowsy's smart alternative.

December 3, 2010

WikiLeaks may be the biggest information explosion this week, but Wednesday's mammoth release of documents pertaining to the Fed's bank bailout program could well spark the most outrage—at least among those not fortunate enough to head a firm on Wall Street.

December 2, 2010