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Republicans in Congress are quietly killing the provisions of Obama’s stimulus act that have kept millions out of poverty.

Food stamps

For all its flaws, the food stamp program helps one in seven Americans put food on the table.

An unemployed person

With 5.7 million Americans out of work six months or more, benefits for the unemployed are woefully inadequate—and even so, the GOP would cut them.

Mother with her child

“When Clinton signed Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, I knew single mothers like me would suffer. Fifteen years later, millions have been kicked off the welfare rolls.”

Ignoring the signs of dire need, the government is slashing its housing budget.

In contrast to Obama’s go-easy approach, officials like Eric Schneiderman and Martha Coakley are insisting on vigorous prosecution of bankers.

Newt Gingrich

Gingrich, the champion of child labor, has risen to the top of a GOP field so extreme it would scare Goldwater and Reagan.

A Greek flag flies in Athens

After months of political upheaval and chaos in the bond markets, few investors believe austerity programs are a route to growth and debt reduction.

His 1934 California gubernatorial run created one of the most important mass movements ever,  helped push the New Deal to the left -- and inspired the birth of the modern political campaign.

The vast majority of Americans want Congress to focus on jobs. So why is it still focused on deficit reduction—and making key budget decisions in secret?

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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

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