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Banks no longer lend money to people able to pay them back. Now they trap the poor, the sick, students and elderly people into signing up for credit cards and watch the fees pile up.

Progressives need to create an economic agenda that encompasses the environment and social justice.

In 2007 Congress may get real on the fallacies and contradictions of global trade.

Newly elected advocates of fair trade in the House and Senate could
reverse the free-trade absolutism of the Clinton and Bush years.

Milton Friedman's free-market faith produced a bastardized system of
interest-group politics that favors sectors of citizens at the expense
of many others.

As election day approaches, don't expect a reasoned discussion of
economic policy between the two parties. A barrage of
quips and one-liners have taken the place of detail and fact in
political debate.

Before the storm, neoliberalism shaped the social and economic
inequities of New Orleans; after Hurricane Katrina, it worsened them
by making government the tool of corporations and investors.

Is Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin's new "conceptual
framework" of economic reform an acknowledgment of neoliberalism's
failures or simply a repackaged version of Clintonomics?

Back in Washington's day, Congress printed money to fight the Revolutionary War without collecting taxes to back it up--and paid the price in inflation: History repeats itself today.

The massive number of Americans who support raising the minimum wage
should spur Congress to action.

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Certain media outlets claim the sequestration wasn’t that bad, but that’s only because we don’t fully understand their consequences yet.

September 9, 2013

The nation’s largest labor federation will meet in Los Angeles to consider resolutions on issues ranging from its relationship to its member unions, to its relationship to the Democratic Party.

September 7, 2013

The Obama administration is pushing to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership without congressional oversight. 

August 22, 2013

America needs a Fed chair who has "the right temperament and a willingness to take on Wall Street CEOs."

August 12, 2013

Obama’s better bargain is a disturbing snapshot of a skewed political system.

July 31, 2013

Treating the choice of the next Federal Reserve chair as an election campaign will bring citizens into the debate and raise vital issues.

July 30, 2013

Politicians from President Obama to Republican leaders are introducing legislation aimed at fixing the challenge of balancing family and careers.

July 23, 2013

Until men are also expected to take time away from work to be with children, workers of both genders face a vicious cycle.

July 8, 2013

With a 7.6 percent unemployment rate, and much higher youth unemployment, job creation must remain on the agenda.

July 2, 2013

From childbirth to maternity leave to childcare, American women far outspend their peers in the developed world.

July 1, 2013