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Greg Kaufmann

Greg Kaufmann is the former poverty correspondent to The Nation and a current contributor. He is a senior fellow at the Center of American Progress and editor of Through his writing he seeks to increase media coverage of poverty, share new research, elevate the voices of people living in poverty and offer readers opportunities to get involved with organizations working to eradicate poverty. Melissa Harris-Perry called Greg “one of the most consistent voices on poverty in America.” Greg has spoken at numerous conferences and been a guest on Moyers & Company, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, Tavis Smiley on PBS, NPR, and radio talk shows across the United States. His work has also been featured on,,, and He serves as an advisor for Barbara Ehrenreich’s Economic Hardship Reporting Project. He graduated from Dickinson College and studied creative writing at Miami University (Ohio). He lives in his hometown of Washington, DC, with his wife, son and two daughters.

  • Economic Policy January 28, 2010

    Geithner’s AIG Bailout

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was summoned to testify before the House yesterday to answer two questions: why did he sign off on AIG paying full value on insurance for bad assets, and what was his role in the decision not to disclose that?

    Greg Kaufmann

  • January 25, 2010

    Who Should Run the Fed?

    If you weren't convinced before that Ben Bernanke should be replaced as Chairman of the Federal Reserve you might be now. Wall Street's Humble Servant--Secretary Timothy Geithner--has warned that if Bernanke is replaced, "I think the markets would view that as a very troubling thing to the economy as a whole."

    Greg Kaufmann

  • Economic Policy January 15, 2010

    Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Turns Up the Heat

    On the FCIC's second day of hearings, witnesses examined how Wall Street incentivized and why the Federal Reserve didn't stop subprime lending.

    Greg Kaufmann

  • Economic Policy January 14, 2010

    Financial Crisis Inquiry Kicks Off

    Day 1 of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission didn't find any good answers to the causes of the financial crisis--but don't give up on the commission yet.

    Greg Kaufmann

  • January 8, 2010

    The Ensign Healthcare Loophole

    Taken at face value, Senator John Ensign's amendment which was included in the final Senate healthcare bill sounds pretty decent: by meeting "wellness" standards people can receive discounts on their employer-based healthcare premiums. Stop smoking--pay less. Hit a certain weight--pay less. Meet a cholesterol target--you get the idea.

    Dems probably should have stopped and realized since the amendment was offered by Ensign it probably wasn't motivated by "wellness" at heart.

    In fact, it allows premiums to be raised from current levels, and then "discounts" would reduce the premiums to current rates. People who don't meet the insurance companies' targets could pay up to 30 percent more for coverage, roughly $4000 based on the average cost of family coverage. The amount could increase to 50 percent which is over $6,600 for a family.

    Greg Kaufmann

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  • December 31, 2009

    Single-Payer’s Last Stand?


    The Progressive Caucus (CPC) is the largest caucus in Congress with 82 members--it dwarfs the often-hyped Blue Dog Democrats with its 52 yapping pups.



    Yet the CPC has struggled to get the respect and attention it has strived for--prior to this Congress, it seemed like the mainstream media wouldn't even refer to it by name, instead using vague descriptions like "the liberal wing of the party."



    That's because getting the talented but diverse Caucus to unite and show its legislative muscle has often been described--even by its own members--as herding cats.


    Greg Kaufmann

  • Banking December 16, 2009

    Save the Dream, Keep the Home

    The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America helps prevent foreclosures by bringing banks to the negotiating table with mortgage holders.

    Greg Kaufmann and Ryan Carpenter

  • December 16, 2009

    $75 and a Bus Ticket


    Donald Gates spent the last 28 years in prison, convicted of a rape and murder he said he didn't commit.



    Yesterday, he was released from jail by the same judge who originally sentenced him to 20 years to life, as new DNA evidence pointed to a different man.



    Gates is now 58 years old, and for his three lost decades the government gave him some winter clothes, $75, and a bus ticket to Ohio. He had to pay his $35 cab fare to get from jail to the bus station.


    Greg Kaufmann

  • Economy December 10, 2009

    Yes, Regulators Can Stop Foreclosures

    Government regulators could insist that mortgage lenders take significant steps to stem the foreclosure crisis--but so far they've refused to.

    Greg Kaufmann

  • December 7, 2009

    Deficit Hawks Spin


    The sub-headline for the Washington Post's article Friday on the White House Jobs Summit claims: "With deficit soaring, role of private sector pushed."



    "Obama says he does not have the money for the plan many of his liberal supporters say packs the biggest employment punch--direct federal investment in job creation," the Post writes.


    And a New York Times headline declares: "Obama Turns to Job Creation, but Warns of Limited Funds."


    Greg Kaufmann