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Failure of Korean Trade Deal Voids TPP

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Just like NAFTA, just like China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), free traders swore that the Korean deal would shower jobs and economic prosperity down on America. It didn't happen. Actually, the exact opposite did.

Black Unemployment Is Too High. Here's How The Fed Can Change That.

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.01.2015 | Business

Progressives often argue that Federal Reserve policies that prioritize full employment can especially benefit African-Americans. As economic growth lo...

Why Gloom And Doom Is Not A Good Strategy For Climate Change Advocates

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

The idea of branding climate change could seem like another exercise in navel-gazing unless you consider the effectiveness of the opposition. They've got branding down, relentlessly repeating the mantra, "science is inconclusive and solutions are exorbitant and unproven."

OAS Insider Details Proposed Coup Against Haiti's Preval and Cholera's 'Genocide by Negligence'

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 04.26.2014 | Books
Georgianne Nienaber

This book details Seitenfus's dependence upon his own moral compass as he was forced to take a stand against powerful international players, including the United States, as the potential coup was put in motion.

Minimum Wage, Maximum Dissent

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

America has been tilting toward an economy that benefits primarily the 1 percent. For America to work we need an economy that benefits the 100 percent. Combining an enhanced EITC and minimum wage moves us in that direction.

Dave Jamieson

Happy Memorial Day! 1 In 4 U.S. Workers Get No Vacation, Report Finds | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- As millions of Americans pack their cars ahead of Memorial Day weekend, the United States remains alone among the world's advanced econo...

Arthur Delaney

Bipartisan Layoff Prevention Policy Gains Ground | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

Ohio lawmakers are poised to make it easier for struggling state businesses to reduce workers' hours instead of firing them. New legislation will ...

Mr. President, Please Define 'Slash'

Max Richtman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Max Richtman

President Obama's proposal cutting Social Security benefits for both current and future retirees has once again become a deficit debate bargaining chip. However, as a consolation, the president promises he won't "slash" benefits. Mr. President, please define "slash."

Congressional Republicans and the Sequestration Squeeze

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

Republicans on Capitol Hill have dug themselves into a deep and narrow chasm whose walls are about to close in. In a matter of weeks, they may find themselves squeezed mercilessly between their implacable right wing and constituents feeling the pain of sequestration.

The Minimum Wage Is Not a Living Wage

Thom Hartmann | Posted 06.04.2012 | Money
Thom Hartmann

Economies grow when working people have money in their pockets -- not when the super-rich are given trillions of dollars in tax cuts and are expected to trickle that money down to the rest of us. It's time to put in place a real living wage that a family can actually live on.

Killing Pensions to Benefit the 1 Percent

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 03.13.2012 | Business
Lee A. Saunders

Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, the Pravda of the 1 percent, is at it again, continuing its push to gut the retirement security of millions of middle class workers across the country.

Why Wall Street Transactions Should Be Taxed

New York Times | NANCY FOLBRE | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business

Most of us pay state and local sales taxes on most things we buy, and most casino gambling is subject to state taxes ranging from up to 6.75 percent i...

Republicans Give Trillions to Health Insurance Companies

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

If the Republicans have their way and privatize Medicare, it will put millions of seniors at the mercy of health insurance companies and force them to pay $39 trillion more for Medicare coverage than they would under existing law.

Andrea Stone

Millennial Generation Has Its Own AARP To Lobby For Jobs And Deals | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One in six are unemployed, more than any other adult age group. They carry an average of $24,000 in student debt. And one in 10 have bee...

The F Word: The Violence of the Broken Economy

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

A lot of people have talked this week about violent political rhetoric bringing the U.S. to a fever pitch, but there's something else keeping people o...

Tunisian Protests Move Hillary's Line on Democratic Reform

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Popular protest can bring down the government in an Arab country. Who knew? It's a whole new ballgame. You think today's events in Tunisia are going to affect conversations in Algeria and Egypt? Maybe even in Haiti?

Rep. Maxine Waters Calls for New Elections in Haiti

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

To fail to act in the interests of the majority of Haitians, with the argument that a new election would be too costly, would be "penny-wise, pound foolish." It's worth $30 million to protect $11 billion.

The Right Wing Myth on Public Employee Pay

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

In reality, there is no pampered public sector elite to blame for public budget woes: elected officials should face the facts and admit to the sacrifices they're asking working people to make.

For Mother's Day, Hope for Work-Life Balance and Workplace Flexibility

David Gray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Gray

President Obama's White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility could create incentives for business policies that help mothers, and all Americans, find more work-life balance.

Congress Needs to Listen to the Voices of Real People -- Not Sound Bites

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Yesterday the Coalition on Human Needs sent out an alert asking people to call their congressional representatives in support of a bill that will exte...

Hollywood: Wall Street's Next Betting Ground

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If you thought the mortgage-backed securities and other complex financial instruments that crashed the economy were risky, you'll love Wall Street's l...

A Call to Arms for Civil Rights Activists

Fred Redmond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Redmond

I challenged USW civil rights committee members to shield the downtrodden in society, to aid those felled by the current economic crisis, to serve as their brothers' and sisters' keepers.

Requiem for the Bailout Storyline

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Solomon

Recent events should not be allowed to obscure the reality that the news media played a pivotal role in stampeding the country into a bailout that was unwise and unjust.