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People are wriggling free of the fetters of corporate culture.

Feeling squeezed? It's official: if you're not in management, the value of your paycheck is dropping at an alarming rate.

Good news in the stimulus package: low and middle income Americans receive cash to rev a slowing economy. Bad news: tax breaks for businesses won't help much at all.

OK, three-quarters of what he says is wacky. But his view of the Fed's contribution to rampant inflation is right on the money.

Bush turns out to be the undertaker of the free market's false promises to ordinary Americans.

An economy addicted to growth, bubbles, downsizing and lending sprees--has become disconnected from the real economy of ordinary human needs.

No matter how much it adds to inflation, the Fed, prodded by Wall Street, is poised to again lower interest rates--punching an even bigger hole in our purchasing power.

Politicians and economists find it hard to admit that we have two economies--one for the rich and one for everyone else--and the latter has been in a recession, if not a depression, for a long, long time.

Two new books seek to galvanize progressives at a key political moment: Paul Krugman's The Conscience of a Liberal and Jonathan Chait's The Big Con.

The softening economy, foreclosures, bank write-offs, the swooning dollar and stock market are intruding on the politics of 2008. Do the candidates have a clue?

Blogs

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

December 11, 2013

Warren used rampant 2016 speculation to juice an important debate over expanded benefits.

November 18, 2013

Democrats are now unified in extended the crucial benefits--will Republicans go along?

November 15, 2013

Two cheers for Bill Gross, the co-founder and managing director of PIMCO, the California-based bond house that manages some $2 trillion in other people’s wealth.

November 4, 2013

The budget conference committee should consider a real alternative to austerity.

October 29, 2013

The smallest federal enforcement outfit has perhaps the best record on Wall Street prosecutions. Why?

October 23, 2013

Amid pressure from progressive and women's right organizations, President Obama has nominated Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve. 

October 9, 2013

The outspoken congressman wants to use the budget crisis to advance his privatization agenda.

October 9, 2013

In a brilliant 1996 essay, political theorist Sheldon Wolin connected austerity economics to a broader Republican philosophy of governance--or lack thereof.

September 28, 2013

Obama has a chance to name a reformer as Fed Chair and make good on the "new politics" he promised in 2008.

September 16, 2013