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Greg Kaufmann

Greg Kaufmann is a journalist-in-residence at the Roosevelt Institute and a contributing writer for The Nation. Previously, he was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the founder and editor of He has appeared on numerous national and local programs on networks including PBS, MSNBC, and NPR, and his work has been featured on CBS News, The Washington Post, and Business Insider, among others.

  • Economic PolicyMarch 26, 2010

    Friedmanism at the Fed II

      The House Oversight Committee continues its investigation of former New York Fed Board Chairman Stephen Friedman.

    Greg Kaufmann

  • Health CareMarch 11, 2010

    Bernie Tells It Like It Is

     Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the Progressive Media Summit.

    Greg Kaufmann

  • ActivismMarch 5, 2010

    Safe Meat Requires Humane Slaughter

    While the Obama Administration has taken steps to strengthen enforcement of humane handling and food safety laws, the verdict is still out on whether the USDA has the will to make the changes necessary for a safe and humane food system.

    Greg Kaufmann

  • BusinessFebruary 25, 2010

    Friedmanism at the Fed

    How former New York Fed chair Stephen Friedman made a bundle on the AIG bailout.

    Greg Kaufmann

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  • Economic PolicyJanuary 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 PolicyJanuary 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 PolicyJanuary 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

  • 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