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This phony debt crisis has now passed through the looking glass into the realm where madness reigns.

After years of unnecessary spending and tax cuts, Republican politicians are finally complaining about unfathomable amounts of debt.

According to Washington, the crisis of the hour is the debt ceiling. According to ordinary Americans, the crisis is unemployment. 

 Ari Melber joins former Senator Ben Bradley to discuss the debt ceiling crisis. 

Obama's gutless decision to abandon Warren comes after the president populated his administration with the very people who created the financial meltdown.

Barack Obama

Republicans walked away from a budget deal not because cuts weren’t steep enough but because they included tax increases on the wealthiest. If they’re drawing a line in the sand, President Obama must, too.

How deceptive for politicians to stress “entitlements” when they talk about gutting Social Security and Medicare, two programs long paid for by their beneficiaries. 

Katrina vanden Heuvel explains how we have to shift the budget debate from one centered around Washington's debt crisis into one that looks at the full picture of America's jobs crisis.

Face it. We live in two nations, sharply divided by an enormous economic chasm between the super-rich and everyone else. 

Protests in Greece

The country is facing a convulsion unlike anything since the fall of the dictatorship in 1974.

Blogs

More people need to start saving, but are IRAs the best way to do it?

January 29, 2014

One of the more inflammatory voices in the minimum wage debate will be making a special appearance tonight.

January 28, 2014

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would grow the U.S. economy by about $22 billion and create 85,000 new jobs.

January 14, 2014

The New York governor’s refusal to allocate funds for universal pre-K reveals the limits of his social progressivism.

January 9, 2014

While feigning outrage at worker abuse in Bangladesh, the US government has been quietly supporting the same sweatshop factories used by Walmart and The Gap.

January 7, 2014

Paul Ryan had his way with the budget deal. And the economic pain is just beginning.

December 28, 2013

The thirty-second president used Dickens’s tale to make the case for programs to aid the dispossessed. We should do the same.

December 24, 2013

The mayor-elect also named an aide as his chief of staff.

December 23, 2013

Will the amendment be enough to change the behavior of bankers? Doubtful.

December 12, 2013

There’s still time for Congress to decide not to ruin the holidays for 1.3 million unemployed Americans. 

December 11, 2013