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Being a poor mother in the United States today means reusing diapers and struggling to afford food. But House Republicans think they have it too easy.

George Packer

The Unwinding is a fine-grained account of economic collapse that runs aground on causeless abstractions.

unemployment line

How corporate America used the Great Recession to turn good jobs into bad ones. 

Turkey processing plant in North Carolina

The state’s unprecedented cuts to benefits for the jobless are leaving families stranded without money for food, transportation and housing.

Johann Gottlieb Fichte undertook a pure search for truth. He also distrusted international markets. Does that make him an ancestor to anti-globalization activists?

foreclosed home

The landscape of Wall Street’s creative destruction.

Child care workers in New Jersey

Women who care for poor kids are often mothers living in poverty themselves.

Larry Summers

His appointment as next chair of the Federal Reserve would be a clear sign that narrow financial interests are still in charge of the Democratic Party.

Lawrence Summers

Appointing Summers to head the Federal Reserve would only rub salt in the wounds of the disappearing middle class.

Friedrich Hayek and colleagues, 1950

Angus Burgin revisits Friedrich Hayek’s Mont Pelerin Society in The Great Persuasion.

Blogs

“It’s what happens when you don’t spend money on affordable housing.”

April 17, 2014

In the face of a changing climate and a constrained domestic budget, the lunacy of fossil fuel subsidies is hard to overstate.

April 15, 2014

On Tax Day, it’s worth thinking about the ways to make the American tax system better. 

April 15, 2014

Why we still need a “Freedom Budget for All Americans.”

April 15, 2014

Stephen Black appears on Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss how predators set up shop and grab a cut of their victims’ tax refunds. 

April 14, 2014

Expanding energy access makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is using a failed scheme—like carbon trading—to pay for it.

April 11, 2014

Whatever setback they’ve encountered, poor people don’t need more “incentives” to lift themselves out of poverty.

April 9, 2014

California is known for protecting a woman’s right to choose. Will this be the year the state extends that same right to poor women?

April 8, 2014

She's teaching her party how to take the events of a moment and weave them into a narrative that addresses the fundamental challenges facing the country.

April 8, 2014

Why don't Republicans want to extend long-term jobless aid? Actually, it's hard to tell. 

April 8, 2014