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The Next Big Housing Crisis?

Second-lien debt could be a greater threat to bank solvency than the subprime disaster of 2008.

In Wisconsin and elsewhere, attacks on unions aren’t about budget savings. They're about dismantling the final barrier to the domination of American politics by the power of money.

What Social Network?

For the condo-buying, sushi-eating Beltway elite, the recession is over. For the rest of America—not so much.

Proposed budget cuts and threats to collective bargaining are already damaging public education in Wisconsin.

Would getting rid of the federal deficit be the silver bullet for our ailing economy? Robert Pollin explains why the standard arguments against deficit spending don't tell the whole truth.

It’s not only bad politics for states to use budget crises to bust unions—it’s also bad ­economics.

The former president set in motion a sizable slice of the fantasies destroying America.

Was Obama’s appeal to US competitiveness just about beating the Chinese and Indians—or doing right by Americans?

With no tax justice coming from Washington, municipalities across the country will have to take matters into their own hands to save the jobs and social lifelines on which their communities depend.

Blogs

Yes, the far right performed well in Europe’s elections. But wherever voters had a clear choice between economic democracy and right-wing xenophobia, they went left.

June 9, 2014

It’s the product of both deregulatory neoliberal capitalism and Korea’s authoritarian past—a history in which the United States played no small part.

May 21, 2014

The visible success of the European Financial Transaction (a k a Robin Hood) tax should boost efforts to build support for such a tax in the US. 

May 5, 2014

One survey says job numbers are up, and another one says job numbers are down. Which one is correct?

May 2, 2014

Forty percent of households headed by someone under the age of thirty-five are saddled with student debt, unable to buy homes, raise families and secure their futures.  

April 23, 2014

In the face of a changing climate and a constrained domestic budget, the lunacy of fossil fuel subsidies is hard to overstate.

April 15, 2014

On Tax Day, it’s worth thinking about the ways to make the American tax system better. 

April 15, 2014

Why don't Republicans want to extend long-term jobless aid? Actually, it's hard to tell. 

April 8, 2014

Only one year removed from a pension-funding crisis, companies are getting a pass.

April 3, 2014

The new Fed chair came out in strong support of working families and the unemployed in her foundational speech this week. 

April 1, 2014