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Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Are Actually Fighting About Barack Obama

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

The debate Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are having in the Democratic presidential campaign is in many ways about the future. It's about their di...

Blinder and Zandi: Policy Responses to Great Recession a Resounding Success

Bob Greenstein | Posted 10.15.2016 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

At some point, the economy will fall into another recession or even experience another financial crisis. When either or both occur, policymakers must be ready to use the resources of government to restore a weak economy to health, not stand aside.

Federal Support for Most State and Local Programs Headed to 50-Year Low

Michael Leachman | Posted 09.24.2016 | Politics
Michael Leachman

Federal Medicaid funding -- which makes up close to half of federal aid to states -- will rise in coming years, partly due to health reform's coverage expansions. But federal support for most other state and local activities will likely continue shrinking.

Bernie Sanders and America's Political Revolution

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

In recent weeks, Senator Bernard Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, did something that Senate Democrats have not been able to do: He worked with a Republican to strike a bipartisan deal to reform our veterans' health care system.

What Does 60 Minutes Have Against Public Investment in Clean Energy?

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

Is there a bias against public investment in clean energy? Just ask Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk.

Only One Country Recovered From The Recession Faster Than The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

The U.S. economy recovered from the recession quicker than every country except Germany, according to a report released Monday by President Barack Oba...

Who Knew? On the Recovery Act, Keynes Had It Right All Along

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

When the stimulus was kicking in, adding significant demand to the economy, real GDP and job growth quickly turned less negative, with GDP turning positive later in 2009, and job growth beginning in early 2010. Moreover, as the stimulus flattened, so did they.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #8, Prevented Another Great Depression

Bernard Whitman | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

To prevent another Great Depression, Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act less than a month after being sworn into office. Since then, we've seen eleven consecutive quarters of GDP growth, and thirty straight months of private-sector job growth.

Small Business Is the Engine of America

Phil Archuletta | Posted 11.17.2012 | Small Business
Phil Archuletta

I have been receiving many hate-letters since speaking at the RNC. Here is a response to one letter from a small business owner.

A Labor Day Conversation With Hilda Solis

Martha Burk | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Martha Burk

Unemployment is stuck above 8 percent, and many of the jobs that have come back are lower level than the ones lost. But Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, the first Latina to hold that post, is optimistic.

Sam Stein

Tampa Recipients Have No Clue They Got Stimulus Funds | Sam Stein | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- With the full docket of Republican convention speakers hammering him over the stimulus package he passed early in his presidency, Barac...

Matt Sledge

Community Colleges Call Job Training An 'Underfunded Mandate' | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.30.2012 | College

Community colleges are more than ever being tasked with the critical role of putting unemployed Americans back to work -- but they are being asked to ...

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #5 Cut Taxes for 160 Million Middle-Class Americans

Bernard Whitman | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

Whether you're PRObama, NObama, or still undecided, 52 Reasons to Vote for Obama gives you all the information you need to share with friends, debate ...

Boy, Are Americans Not Overtaxed

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

The Congressional Budget Office just released a very thorough update of their high quality household income series, adding data through 2009. There's so much in here it will be weeks before I can work my way through all of its nooks and crannies, but so far, something's jumped out at me. Man, I gotta say: when it comes to federal taxation, there is just no case in the data to be made in any way, shape or form that we Americans are overtaxed. Not middle income, not high income -- not the overall average. Not relative to other countries and not relative to our historical rates back to 1979. In fact, there's a strong, reality-based case in to be made for new revenues in any deal to stabilize the debt situation, starting at the top of the income scale.

Mitt Romney Enjoys Your Pain

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Romney is loving high unemployment. Just like the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives that has repeatedly blocked President Obama's proposals to increase hiring, Romney believes high joblessness is good for the GOP.

Did the Stimulus Work?

Michael Linden | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Michael Linden

President Obama's political opponents insist that the stimulus did nothing to help the economy and some even claim that it made things worse. The numbers, and a newly released video, tell a very different story.

It's Cold Outside... and I'm Thinking of Summer (Jobs)

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 07.23.2012 | Business
Sec. Hilda Solis

My parents were first-generation Latino immigrants. I had six siblings. My family didn't have a lot of money. So to get ahead, we had to work twice as hard. And to find a summer job, we sometimes had to look twice as hard.

HARP Is Harping on the Wrong Solution and Bilking Taxpayers

Jerry Chautin | Posted 01.29.2012 | Business
Jerry Chautin

The revised HARP program will help a few homeowners and investors at taxpayers' expense. It will release refinancing lenders from liability. And most disappointing, it may have no discernible effect on improving our economy.

The 99%: "We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For"

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

"We are the ones we have been waiting for."- thus said candidate Barack Obama who used it for a Presidential campaign speech in February 2008. Althou...

Three Things Obama's Jobs Program Needs

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business

President Obama’s plan to give a major economic speech after Labor Day means that, finally, Washington is going to have a serious conversation about...

Tanana -- Tiny City in Yukon Takes a Giant Renewable Step

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

In DC, our leaders are arguing over how much of our Alaskan wilderness we should open up for oil and gas extraction. In the meantime, some enterprising folks, with a lot less clout but a lot at stake, have decided to go their own renewable way.

Free America From GOP Hostage Takers in Wisconsin

Christine Pelosi | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

What happens in Wisconsin will not stay in Wisconsin -- it will spread across the country as a shining example or cautionary tale for President Obama.

Matt Sledge

Are America's Wind Power Jobs Heading To China? (VIDEO) | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.03.2011 | Business

As America's manufacturing base erodes year by year, one sector has remained seemingly impervious to outsourcing: renewable energy. Giant wind turb...

Media Hit on Housing Programs Is Off Target

Sunia Zaterman | Posted 07.17.2011 | Media
Sunia Zaterman

Public housing is a multibillion dollar asset that is home to 2.2 million working families, seniors and people with disabilities. Not only is money not being wasted, it is producing an excellent return on investment.

House GOP Cuts Are Theologically Immoral

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Theologically, these proposed cuts are a sin. They would harm the most vulnerable among us and endanger the planet. There is no getting around it: the House GOP budget is an immoral document.