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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

Also, today's Rasmussen daily tracking poll shows no bump so far for Romney from his debate “win.”

October 5, 2012

Obama is wise to rip the Republican nominee's talk about getting a “new accountant” to take advantage of tax breaks for offshoring jobs.

October 4, 2012

Fewer families in poverty are receiving assistance today than they were before welfare reform. 

October 4, 2012

The Republican candidate is trying to shield Wall Street from regulation, while simultaneously pretending to be a reformer.

October 4, 2012

Despite the centrality of women's issues and women's votes, not a single mention was made by either candidate.

October 4, 2012

As the moderator goes missing-in-action, Mitt Romney writes the rules of the first debate and makes himself over as moderate who just doesn't like “trickle-down government.”

October 3, 2012

The American Sustainable Business Council drafted questions that would challenge candidates to rethink the economy.

October 3, 2012

Everyone's talking about how Romney won’t name the tax deductions he will reduce—but he’s named three.

October 3, 2012

The End of Men’s prediction of an American matriarchy fails to define what that would actually entail.

October 2, 2012

If Obama and Romney answered these questions, voters would have a deeper understanding of poverty in this country and the next president’s vision for taking it on.

October 2, 2012