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Simpson and Bowles

Candidates who ran on slashing Medicare and Social Security lost big in November. But that doesn’t stop Pete Peterson from pushing the fantasy that voters’ biggest concern is the deficit.

The man behind Fix the Debt has spent decades trying to foment panic over a looming economic disaster, with little to show for it.

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.

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.

Blogs

After decades of investment in federal job training initiatives, it’s still difficult to see how much these programs are actually helping workers. 

August 25, 2014

The stunning figure represents roughly a quarter of households of military members on active duty, the Reserves or the National Guard. 

August 22, 2014

Ryan is asking the poor to be more flexible in being oppressed.

August 15, 2014

A new bill would let families on welfare afford this basic necessity. What’s wrong with that?

August 13, 2014

Reading the economist’s book through a feminist lens reveals the need for a richer array of anti-inequality policies.

August 6, 2014

Republicans are suing the president for doing what presidents do.

August 5, 2014

But at least his idea for expanding the EITC is a good one.

July 25, 2014

The 2012 vice presidential candidate is just trying to rebrand himself for 2016.

July 24, 2014

Mothers like Shanesha Taylor and Debra Harrell are caught in a childcare Catch-22 that we made for them.

July 22, 2014

Officials have temporarily suspended water shutoffs, and activists are working to create permanent protections for low-income families.

July 22, 2014