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One-Man Fire Brigade

Ben Bernanke may or may not succeed in saving the economy, but at least he has the courage to try—and the honesty to tell the truth. The same cannot be said of our elected officials.

Posted on Dec 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Joblessness Ticks Higher in November

Like a recalcitrant and over-sugared child, U.S. unemployment figures just won’t settle down. The country’s jobless rate ticked up to 9.8 percent in November, a world away from economic recovery.

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Ailing Spanish Economy Seeks a Cure

Awash in debt and 20 percent unemployment, the Spanish government on Friday approved an austerity package aimed at reviving its moribund economy.

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Unemployment Benefits Run Out

Just in time for Christmas, unemployment benefits, which average $302.90 a week, are starting to run out for about 2 million Americans. Unless Congress acts, more will join their ranks. The Washington Post reports on what it’s like to tell your 9-year-old there aren’t going to be presents this year.

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 READ MORE


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GM’s Big Day

The troubled, bankrupted, bailed-out, reinvented automaker had a record day on Wall Street, potentially raising $23.1 billion, and the White House is breathing a sigh of relief. But as the BBC’s Paul Adams cautions, it will be a while before the taxpayers get their money back.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Wee Bit of Good News on the Job Front

Two things are a given at the beginning of every month: The rent comes due and U.S. employment figures are released. Regarding the latter, the economy added 151,000 jobs in October, reversing a trend of four months of job losses but not enough to cut into the stubborn 9.6 percent national unemployment rate.

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Economy Quickens Its Pace

The U.S. economy had a bit of a pickup during this year’s third quarter, showing growth of 2 percent. Meanwhile, the housing market remains limp and high unemployment recalcitrantly hovers at 9.6 percent.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE


Obama Does ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart was respectful but tough as the president defended his accomplishments and made the case for his party. Highlight of the night: President Obama said “Larry Summers did a heckuva job ...” to which Stewart replied, “You don’t want to use that phrase, dude.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


Will Black Voters Respond to Obama’s Needs?

With African-Americans, the president’s appeal has been simple and direct: “I need you.” The response he gets from black voters may determine the outcome of some of November’s key races.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Job Cuts Outpace Hiring

What’s bad? September saw 159,000 public sector employees laid off. What’s worse? A good number of those layoffs were teachers, as private sector hiring failed to keep pace with job cuts by federal and local governments.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE


Look Who’s Killing Jobs Now

Republicans like to denounce President Obama and congressional Democrats for what they describe as “job-killing” policies. But in those red-hot rhetorical terms, congressional Republicans are guilty of mass murder when it comes to job creation.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE



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China vs. the House of Representatives

Although the measure has almost no chance of passing the Senate, the House voted 348-79 to give President Obama the power to put tariffs on all Chinese imports. The legislative hissy fit is clearly intended to sate economically vulnerable voters who view China as a jobs threat.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Cuba by the Numbers

Fidel Castro recently told The Atlantic that the Cuban model does not work anymore, not even for Cuba. But according to statistics collected by none other than the CIA, the Cuban model has actually worked very well.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE


Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington

After spending a day as a migrant farmworker, farceur Stephen Colbert hit Congress to testify about his experience. Media outrage ensued, but as Firedoglake points out, Colbert has done more for the powerless in this instance than any of the “blow-dried idiots that sit around the White House press room.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Democrats Celebrate Small Business Victory

After much fuss, congressional Democrats managed to push through a modest jobs bill that will have to do in the place of anything grander with which to campaign. The package of tax breaks and cash is directed toward small businesses, with the hope of creating employment.

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE



Waiter, There’s Porn in My Slideshow

Why you should always do a test run before a presentation, what America’s war dead say about the class divide, and how air travel in coach could get a whole lot worse.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE



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The Longest Recession Since WWII

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the recession ended in June 2009 after 18 months—the longest downturn since World War II. That doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods. Reduced expectations for U.S. economic growth and fears that high unemployment could last longer than previously thought presage more pain to come.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE



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The Forever Fidel Obsession

After three hours of conversation, it is clear that Fidel Castro has definitely retired and now spends his time underlining President Obama’s books and reflecting on decades of revolution. Anyone who thinks Cuba is going capitalist, however, should check more carefully with the facts.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Fears of Double-Dip Recession in California

As the national unemployment rate hovers quite stably below the double-digit mark, California’s troubled economy continues to dive into despair. The state’s jobless rate rose to 12.4 percent last month, renewing fears that California may fall into a not-so-delicious-as-it-sounds double-dip recession.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Continental Unites With United

Shareholders of Continental and United Airlines have finally voted to form a more perfect United Airlines, merging the two companies under United’s name to create the world’s largest airline service, overtaking its closest U.S. rival—the newly merged Delta and Northwest Airlines—and European carriers.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE


A Myth About Job Creation

It is taken as gospel among politicians of both parties that small business is the engine of job creation. Obama, McCain, Bush, Kerry, Clinton and Reagan have made that claim. Only one problem: The assertions are overblown and simplistic.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE


Naomi Klein: Building an Independent Left

The “Shock Doctrine” author tells Laura Flanders, “We have to build that independent left. It has to be so strong and so radical and so militant and so powerful that it becomes irresistible.”

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Cuba to Fire 500,000 Workers

Most Cubans rely on their government for just about everything, including a job, but President Raul Castro intends to change that. Cuban officials announced Monday that roughly 10 percent of the state-employed work force is getting a pink slip.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 READ MORE


The Neoliberal Bait and Switch

Thirty years into the neoliberal experiment, the Great Recession is exposing the flaws of the Washington Consensus.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Builder Barack Wants a Mini Stimulus (Update)

With unemployment still rising and the American infrastructure getting no less crumbly, President Obama is set to announce a six-year plan to build roads and create jobs, starting with a $50 billion investment. That’s assuming Congress gets on board the recovery train.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE


Missing ‘Big Labor’

Remembering the labor movement’s heroic battles is bittersweet on a Labor Day when so many Americans are unemployed, when wages are stagnant or dropping, and when the labor movement itself is in stark decline.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Waking Up in the 1930s

In the year 2010, America once again embraced the bread line, and the neatly dressed, solidly middle class, once working folk who queue up are just becoming reconciled to a stark new reality.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE


Shed This Word, Now

Indulge me, please, while I rant about my new least favorite word: shed. Not as in dog hair. As in jobs. As in, “The economy shed (fill in the blank) jobs last month.”

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE



Germany Might Make Facebook Snooping Verboten for Employers

If you’ve recently entered the job market (and who hasn’t in the last couple of years), you’re probably familiar with the ritual of sterilizing your Facebook presence and hoping your prospective boss doesn’t find anything juicy. Apparently Germans are sick of potential employers snooping, and a proposed law would put limits on that.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE



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The Cost of Not Drilling

Previously undisclosed documents have measured the economic impact of the U.S. federal moratorium on deep-water oil drilling at 23,000 jobs lost and billions of dollars in frozen investment. Federal officials went ahead with the ban, now tied up in court, because they distrusted industry safety equipment and standards.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE



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The Job Market Continues to Struggle

In news that reflects the weakening pulse of the economy, the Labor Department reported that initial claims for jobless benefits rose last week to a seasonally adjusted level of half a million, the highest since last November.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mark Lennihan

Shorting Economists: The ‘Experts’ Keep Getting it Wrong

Why have economists been so wrong so often? Certainly theirs is a tough job, since the global economy is a complex creature. Yet it turns out that their measuring sticks are woefully inadequate. Indeed, they aren’t even sure what to measure.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE


Is Congress Subsidizing Slackers?

Congress has acted, after a cruel delay, to renew the extension of unemployment benefits for as long as 99 weeks. This raises the question: Do the beefed-up benefits encourage people not to work?

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 READ MORE



What Would Robert Reich Do?

Today on the list: What Robert Reich wants to do about jobs, why liberals don’t win and how Oxytocin increases trust (guess that explains modern politics, Whole Foods and Rush Limbaugh).

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


How to Lose Big Brother’s Interest

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For Job Hunters, a Cold July

The weather may have sizzled in July, but it wasn’t such a hot month for the U.S. economy. Private employers added 71,000 jobs during the month, about half what had been expected, keeping the unemployment rate at a nagging 9.5 percent.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

The Grinches Who Stole Summer

Thanks to the defection of the two relatively enlightened Republican senators from Maine and the quick replacement of the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd, unemployment checks that had been stalled for millions of American families since early June will soon resume. But for Republicans, it has been a defining issue that will haunt the party.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Senate Clears the Way for Unemployment Extension

Overcoming the objections of Democrat Ben Nelson and 39 of his Republican friends, 60 senators passed a key procedural vote Tuesday, making an extension of unemployment benefits a near certainty. Senators siding with the jobless included 56 Democrats, two independents and the Republican senators from Maine.

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 READ MORE


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More Tough Talk From Obama on America’s Unemployment Crisis

In a Monday press conference, President Barack Obama threw down once again in his ongoing battle to extend unemployment benefits, making his displeasure with his opponents in Congress eminently clear ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Socialist Who Coddles Business?

The titans of the private sector say President Obama is anti-business. Many progressives say he coddles business. How does the administration manage to pull that off?

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

There’s Just No Pleasing Some Robber Barons

The flight from reason that now marks American public discourse came home for me last Friday when I found myself on public radio debating whether Barack Obama is anti-business.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Fiddling While the Economy Burns

Let me put it in terms that Washington understands: The party that begins to treat the unemployment crisis with the hair-on-fire urgency that it deserves is the party that will do well in November.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mark Lennihan

June Gloom in the Job Picture

June’s private-sector employment growth was less than stellar, with a “dishearteningly low number” of jobs being added to domestic payrolls in a signal that the economic recovery is encountering some serious headwinds.

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Snag in Jobs Bill Could Hit Struggling States

Strapped-for-cash states may be up the creek on this one: A jobs bill has stalled in the Senate, jeopardizing billions in federal aid to struggling states. Local and state officials are warning of layoffs in the hundreds of thousands and drastic spending cuts if the bill is not resuscitated.

Posted on Jun 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Labor Dept. Poised to Recognize Gay Parents as Parents

Sources tell AP that the Labor Department is about to extend the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex baby-daddies and -mamas. Employers would be required to give up to 12 weeks of leave a year, as they already do for straight couples.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Census Hiring Boosts Jobs in May

The U.S. economy tacked on 431,000 new jobs in May, the biggest monthly jump in a decade, but most of those were people hired for the 2010 census count, and those jobs will vanish after the summer.

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 READ MORE



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You Need a Raise

The theories on which we base wages are highly flawed—and so is your paycheck.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Happy Days Aren’t Here Again

Don’t be fooled by newspaper reports claiming that higher unemployment is somehow good news—it isn’t.

Posted on May 17, 2010 READ MORE


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