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Relying so heavily on GDP as a measure of economic health is like removing all of the gauges on a car’s dashboard except the speedometer.

How I wish that Ben Bernanke would get caught e-mailing photos of his underwear-clad groin.

Elizabeth Warren

The new consumer protection bureau’s mission is to make it easier for consumers to understand financial fine print. So why are bankers so scared?

What was Timothy Geithner thinking when he decided to give Goldman Sachs a $30 billion interest-free loan as part of an $80 billion secret float to favored banks?

Oregon attempts to follow in North Dakota's footsteps by pushing forward a bill to establish a publicly-owned bank.

A woman walks past a supermarket in Lisbon, Portugal

The bottom line on bailouts for Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland must be help, not punishment.

If Obama continues to refuse to intervene in the economy, Americans are in for a painful decade.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus’s “People's Budget” has been widely ignored. That’s too bad, because the right solutions to our budget crisis are in there.

For every $1 raised by closing tax loopholes for wealthy Americans, Obama proposes $2 in spending cuts.

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Paul Mason of the BBC called them “the graduates with no future.” They've been at the center of protest movements around the world, from Tunisia to Wisconsin.

April 13, 2011

Though short on specifics, President Obama's speech on the deficit today defended progressive governance and blasted the GOP's plan to gut the country's social safety net.

April 13, 2011

The new budget agreement disproportionally harms lower-income and middle-class Americans while asking no sacrifice from the rich and powerful.

April 12, 2011

Last week, the media covered the budget debate like it was a basketball game.

April 11, 2011

Join fellow progressives in actions around the country calling for a different kind of budget debate.

March 31, 2011

Thanks to cable news, discredited experts and government officials are regularly reborn as trusted authorities.

March 29, 2011

Obama asks for Brazil’s help in solving US domestic problems, but offers little in return.

March 21, 2011

Fiscal hawks in the US and Britain define policy while ignoring catastrophe.

March 15, 2011

Obama's budget rejects the steep cuts advocated by Republicans and his deficit commission. But the president is still playing on the GOP’s turf by emphasizing cuts instead of jobs.

February 14, 2011

The president's budget is a compromise document. Republicans say it does not go far enough. But it slashes low-income heating assistance, community programs, higher-ed loans and environmental clean-up in low-income neighborhoods. Obama and his aides “aren’t giving us a very wise set of choices,” says Democrat Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

February 14, 2011