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By refusing to treat Marx as our contemporary, Jonathan Sperber has brought him back to life.

Robert Reich

A conversation with the former labor secretary and merry-eyed agitator about the great ill that ails the country.

Food bank

Waiting lists for food aid have been growing for years—now almost 15 percent of the nation's elderly don't have enough to eat.

Americorps aid relief

Is AmeriCorps a lifeline for debt-burdened young Americans—or one more example of relentless government cost-cutting?

Wooden painting of woman

As the wealth gap grows, so have the number of ways a woman can sell her body. What is the cost?

Jamie Dimon

Despite Jamie Dimon’s record as a leader in the radical deregulation of banking, Obama continues to cozy up to his Wall Street backer.

Obama at G20

Meanwhile, activists organized a counter-summit to discuss the problems world leaders were unwilling to address. 

Summers Bails, Progressives Celebrate

His withdrawal from consideration as Fed chair could mark a watershed for the left wing of the Democratic Party.

America’s Shameful Poverty Stats

That so many of our political leaders tolerate so much misery amid so much plenty is one of the great scandals of our age.

Lawrence Summers

But Main Street must still live with the consquences of the policies he helped engineer. 

Blogs

As they neglect the need to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed, the Speaker and his caucus run the risk of a visit from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

December 23, 2012

Despite working more hours than their peers in other high-income countries, single mothers in the US have higher poverty rates. 

December 21, 2012

Will the Supreme Leader make concessions to the losing party?

December 20, 2012

Here are ten reforms that would ensure every child receives the education they deserve.

December 19, 2012

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof acknowledges that he is no expert on domestic policy, and then sets out to prove it.

December 14, 2012

Ben Bernanke described the persistence of mass joblessness as “a waste of human and economic potential.”

December 13, 2012

Conservatives in Congress continue to block the Violence Against Women Act, denying vital protections for Native American women.

December 12, 2012

If Congress can't reach a deal by New Year's, 2.1 million people will be kicked off unemployment benefits.

December 11, 2012

While the house burns, our heroes deal it out in the name of austerity!

December 11, 2012

You can save the babies or you can save the budget, but you can’t do both.

December 10, 2012