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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?

Blogs

How Bolivian protesters and global activists exposed the dark side of global trade pacts and paved the way for the battles to come.

April 29, 2015

“America does not belong to the billionaire class,” he says, “it belongs to all of us.”

April 28, 2015

Two leading Senate Democrats blasted the Obama administration for arm-twisting on TPP. 

April 23, 2015

Members of the Senate Finance Committee found themselves in a fast-track hearing without knowing it.

April 16, 2015

She just provided a blueprint for how Democrats should attack continued financial reform.

April 16, 2015

As trade legislation finally proceeds to a vote, a top Democrat announced he cannot support fast-track authority.

April 14, 2015

Los Angeles City Council members are considering the benefits of raising the wage to $15.25 per hour.

April 1, 2015

Hillary now claims she’ll implement progressive economic policies—but Bill said the same in 1992.

March 10, 2015

Lean In Together tells men equality isn’t a zero-sum game. But it’s going to have to be.

March 5, 2015

In states from South Dakota to Oklahoma, right-wing representatives are pulling every string to try to keep the poor down.

February 18, 2015