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Private prisons thrive on cheap labor and the hunger of job-starved towns.

EMENDATION: Naomi Klein reported in her July 12 "Lookout" column that Aegis CEO Tim Spicer helped put down rebels and stage a military coup in Papua New Guinea. Actually, although his secret employment by the PNG government to put down rebels became a divisive issue within the PNG military and led to a military coup, Spicer played no role in staging the coup. (7/14/04)

With firmness and style, President Reagan has commandeered the rhetorical high ground by his "program for economic recovery." The phrases and concepts of Reaganomics--get government off our backs

In his now-famous report on Abu Ghraib prison, Maj. Gen.

As crises go, medical insurance is not a very sexy one.

Alan Greenspan is well loved among the governing elites and seldom criticized, because he convincingly plays the role of America's Dr. Pangloss.

The main effect of bringing back the draft would be to further militarize the nation.

The war on Iraq has made us all painfully aware of the Pentagon's growing reliance on private companies.

The presidential campaigns and their armies of consultants are well
aware that a jittery American public yearns for jobs.

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DC insiders may not be “all in” for South Dakota's Rick Weiland, but a key senator is hailing his candidacy.

March 27, 2014

A proposal to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit will test Republicans' professed support for the program. 

March 26, 2014

A new study exposes the hidden consequences of government contracting for workers and communities

March 24, 2014

The real goal of the TTIP is to weaken the power of citizens to defend themselves against corporate abuses.

March 24, 2014

In a big-city test of the “Fight for 15” movement, 100 Chicago precincts vote “yes.” Wage hikes are a potent issue that could swing the Illinois governor race.

March 19, 2014

Washington is threatening to withhold development aid unless El Salvador adopts economic policies that Salvadorans just voted against.

March 18, 2014

Economic desperation among college students helps explain why millenials don’t believe in small government. 

March 17, 2014

House Budget Chair gets some scholarly encouragement to consider the past before blaming today's poor for their circumstance.

March 17, 2014

Thomas Piketty’s ambitious, lucid Capital in the Twenty-First Century explains the depth and scope of our inequality problem.

March 14, 2014

During a decade when economic inequality grew by leaps and bounds in the rest of the world, it declined significantly in Latin America.

March 13, 2014