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The “Fix the Debt” campaign is pure astroturf: corporate cash machinery masquerading as a grassroots uprising.

Dire warnings about the deficit don’t add up mathematically. But then, Fix the Debt is not really about the economy, it’s about gutting Medicare, Social Security and other social programs.

He may not have achieved the full FDR, but the president’s State of the Union speech, like his Inaugural, displayed a welcome progressive spirit.

Megaphone that reads Tax the Rich

The decline of the progressive income tax and the rise of inequality.

Dollar bills

In the looming debt-ceiling fight, progressives must make the case for protecting social programs, raising revenues and cutting the Pentagon budget.

It’s past time for the rule to stop banks from making making risky bets with consumers’ money. But a House committee hearing devoted itself to stalling and lying about the Volcker Rule.

We are delighted to announce the winners of The Nation’s seventh annual Student Writing Contest, Andrew Gambrione and Tess Saperstein.

A woman walks past a sign on a supermarket window

How a central bank created to exist apart from politics got drawn into bitter political arguments. 

A few key points to keep in mind during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

Worker

Efforts to reduce unemployment and curb inequality must be considered alongside urgent threats to the environment and democracy. 

Blogs

Jared Bernstein, once the sole progressive economist on President Obama's economic team, launches a blog to critique the country's "terribly narrow economic debate."

May 17, 2011

Finally, Republicans in Congress have announced a jobs plan. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear to actually create any jobs.

May 5, 2011

He’s a Republican rock star in Washington. But the House Budget Committee chair’s tour of his home district is flopping as constituents say: "Hands Off Our Medicare!"

April 26, 2011

A major new poll shows that Americans do not believe cutting the deficit will create jobs. So why have leaders of both parties become deficit hawks?

April 22, 2011

Here in the US all we seem to hear about is deficits and debt. Yet even the countries that hold a lot of our debt are concerned for our lack of investment at home.

April 20, 2011

Why does President Obama continue to let Republicans define the terms of the budget debate?

April 19, 2011

Democrat strategists say that the deficit fight is good for Obama. But by conceding that debt is the biggest problem facing the country, the president is undermining the case for the government's role in boosting the economy.

April 19, 2011

Unlike Paul Ryan and “deficit hawk” pretenders, Kentucky Republican says Pentagon bloat must be addressed in any serious budget debate.

April 19, 2011

Eric Alterman reviews jazz, including Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton, the Jazz Foundation benefit, and Reed Richardson discusses the ethics of Obama's budget speech.

April 15, 2011

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