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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 remarkable democratic debate over independence has forced an admission that austerity is a vital, perhaps definitive, issue.

September 17, 2014

Backed by US development aid, the Ethiopian government is seizing land, demolishing homes and cracking down on activists in a bid to expand its capital city.

September 12, 2014

There’s no evidence that credit reports reveal an applicant’s competence but plenty of evidence that shows they invade privacy and institutionalize discrimination.

September 12, 2014

The senator’s safe homage to the American Dream illustrates his close relationship with the billionaire Koch brothers.

September 4, 2014

Can the BRICS wrest control of the global economy from the United States and Europe, or will their internal contradictions tear them apart?

September 4, 2014

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