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ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton...

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The Way for Obama to Beat GOP Fanatics in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

President Obama is cutting his Christmas holiday short, returning to Washington for a last attempt at avoiding the fiscal cliff. But he’s running headlong into the Republican strategy of fanaticism.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 READ MORE


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Where Are We Heading—Bedford Falls or Pottersville?

Every year about now I watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” again to remind myself what Frank Capra understood about America—its essential decency and common sense.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE


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Cliffhanger: Obama’s Unnecessary and Unwise Concessions

Why is the president back to making premature and unnecessary concessions to Republicans?

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE


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Remember the Children

America’s children seem to be shortchanged on almost every issue we face as a society. Not only are we failing to protect them from deranged people wielding semiautomatic guns, but we’re also not protecting them from poverty.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE


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Why Is Washington Obsessing About the Deficit and Not Jobs and Wages?

It was the centerpiece of the president’s re-election campaign. Every time Republicans complained about trillion-dollar deficits, he and other Democrats would talk jobs. That’s what Americans care about—jobs with good wages. So why, exactly, is Washington back to obsessing about budget deficits?

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE


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Why the Fed’s Jobs Program Will Fail

For the first time, the Federal Reserve has explicitly linked interest rates to unemployment. Rates will remain near zero “at least as long” as unemployment remains above 6.5 percent and if inflation is projected to be no more than 2.5 percent.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE


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The Billionaires’ Long Game

I keep hearing that the billionaires and big corporations that poured all that money into the 2012 election learned their lesson. They lost their shirts and won’t do it again. Don’t believe that for an instant.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE


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ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the
University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the
Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most
effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written
thirteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock” and “The Work
of Nations.” His latest, “Beyond Outrage,” is now out in paperback. He
is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and
chairman of Common Cause.

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