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Obama in a camera's viewfinder

The president's inaugural address touched all the important bases, except one.

Megaphone that reads Tax the Rich

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

President Bill Clinton

At the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Wall Street Project event, Clinton said taxes earned on up to 1.7 trillion repatriated dollars should be used to build a jobs-creating infrastructure fund.

San Francisco

Life on San Francisco’s streets for women over 50 is filled with hardships, small and large.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Hilda Solis talks to The Nation about getting the Labor Department its teeth back, her worst moment as secretary and her legacy.

Girls and Shameless

Girls’s Hannah and Shameless’s Fiona are both penniless twentysomethings finding their way through big cities, but Hannah has a college degree—and a safety net.

Dollar bills

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

What really happened on Capitol Hill this week, and a look ahead to the budget battles on the horizon. 

The median income of people over age 65 is less than $20,000. The solution is not to cut that further.

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.

Blogs

A new bill proposed by the House Appropriations Committee focuses on tackling rural, not urban, hunger thereby focusing efforts on poor whites rather than people of color.

May 22, 2014

It’s the product of both deregulatory neoliberal capitalism and Korea’s authoritarian past—a history in which the United States played no small part.

May 21, 2014

Across the US, student debt is worst at schools with the highest-paid presidents.

May 19, 2014

The labor of generations of black bodies has created massive amounts of wealth for everyone but the people whose work was exploited. And we’ve continued to suffer the consequences.

May 16, 2014

Could we finally be leaving Mayor Bloomberg’s Gilded City behind? 

May 12, 2014

It’s a giveaway to the fossil fuel industry. Global climate justice advocates are fighting instead for clean, renewable energy.

May 7, 2014

The Nation editor and MSNBC host says we have the facts to show that expanding Obamacare will save lives. Not doing so will cost them.

May 7, 2014

Janet Yellen admits evidence of how inequality is “very worrisome.”

May 7, 2014

Forget holding a vote: GOP leadership won’t even allow a hearing on long-term jobless benefits inside the Capitol. 

May 6, 2014

The visible success of the European Financial Transaction (a k a Robin Hood) tax should boost efforts to build support for such a tax in the US. 

May 5, 2014