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Bursting Their Bubble

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Prime Minister ‘Certain’ of Victory as Iraqis Vote Despite Attacks

Iraqis defied a rash of attacks that killed 14 people Wednesday and voted in the first general election since U.S. troops withdrew, with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki proclaiming “certain” victory.

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How Corrupt Is the Obama Administration?

A retiring prosecutor reveals just how unlawful the SEC is; the Netflix show “House of Cards” has helped China’s image in the U.S.; meanwhile, the long-term unemployment crisis must be resolved. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Y Chromosome

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Spanish Police Arrest 24 in Madrid After Anti-Austerity Protest

Spanish police detained 24 people during street violence late Saturday after a large anti-austerity demonstration in Madrid in which dozens were injured.

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Republican Lifeguard

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A Modern Day ‘Harvest of Shame’

Today’s blue collar temp laborers face abuses similar to those of migrant farmworkers depicted in an iconic 1960 CBS documentary.

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Noam Chomsky on Some Simple Ways to Ruin an Economy

Scholar, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky kicks off this talk filmed last month with a simple, provocative premise: “Let’s pose that for some perverse reason that we were interested in ruining an economy and a society.” Now, who would want to go and do a thing like that?

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Minimum Wage

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The Real Job Killers

House Speaker John Boehner says raising the minimum wage is “bad policy” because it will cause job losses. 

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U.S. Lags Behind World in Temp Worker Protections

‘Permatemping’ cases highlight lack of U.S. protections for temp workers. Other countries limit the length of temp jobs, guarantee equal pay and restrict dangerous work.

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Minimum Truth: The Hollow Argument Against Higher Wages

In the midst of a crucial political debate that plainly favored proponents of a higher minimum wage, the Congressional Budget Office dropped a bombshell headline last week.

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Inequality, Productivity and WhatsApp

If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp.

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Minimum Wage

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Unemployment Coverage

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Why the Three Biggest Economic Lessons Were Forgotten

Why has America forgotten the three most important economic lessons we learned in the 30 years after World War II?

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Why the Lousy Jobs Report Boosted Wall Street

How can bad news on Main Street (only 113,000 jobs were created in January, on top of a meager 74,000 in December) cause good news on Wall Street?

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE


The War on the Poor and Middle-Class Families

By Robert Reich

Most Americans are on a downward escalator.

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Job Benefits

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Congress Converges on $800 Million Cuts to Annual Food Stamp Funding

Warring factions in the House and Senate have reached an agreement about how much money to funnel into the federal food stamp program, and the news isn’t good for Americans relying on government assistance to stay fed.

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Elizabeth Warren to Republicans: ‘Are You Kidding Me? We Have People Out There Who Are Suffering’

The Senate failed to pass a jobless insurance extension Tuesday thanks to Republican obstruction, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren believes the time is still ripe to start fighting back.

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Another Bridge Scandal

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Fear Is Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self-Interest

Last week’s massive spill of the toxic chemical MCHM into West Virginia’s Elk River illustrates another benefit to the business class of high unemployment, economic insecurity, and a safety-net shot through with holes.

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Unemployment

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Unemployment Extension Passes the Senate, but the House Still Isn’t Wild About Poor People

One chamber of Congress gave unemployed Americans cause for hope Tuesday, while the other, led by Speaker John Boehner, remains in opposition.

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On Unemployment, Today’s Congress Is Meaner Than George W. Bush

Why are we arguing about issues that were settled decades ago? Why, for example, is it so hard to extend unemployment insurance at a time when the jobless rate nationally is still at 7 percent, and higher than that in 21 states?

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Unemployment

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The Cruelest Cut of All

To 1.3 million jobless Americans: The Republican Party wishes you a Very Unhappy New Year!

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Wing-Nutted

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Who Is Really Waging War on Christmas? Look in the Mirror, Scrooges

Just in time for the birthday of baby Jesus, conservatives are cutting food stamps and unemployment benefits. And they insist with breezy heartlessness that it’s all for the benefit of the poor.

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Raw Deal

About the only good thing that can be said about the budget deal just patched together by House Republican budget chair Paul Ryan and Senate Democratic budget chair Patty Murray is that the right-wing Heritage Foundation and the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity oppose it.

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Unemployment IS Down: When Good News Really Isn’t

Those who were heartened by the recent drop in the unemployment rate have less to cheer about than it seems as the gap between those with jobs, and those who have given up, yawns widely. The percentage of working-age Americans with jobs is still painfully low—and not likely to change soon as corporations hoard cash.

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Wal-Mart employees: How may you help me?
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Oh Christmas Tree

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Let’s Face It, Believing Rich People Create Sustainable Jobs Is Delusional

Henry Blodget, CEO of news website Business Insider, clears up the widespread myth that entrepreneurs such as himself are responsible for creating jobs for the rest of America. The often-told lie is simply a way to justify the immense inequality symptomatic of our dire economic climate.

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Bitcoin Not Accepted

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As NAFTA Nears 20 and the TPP Nears Birth, the Middle Class Nears Death

As a look at NAFTA’s track record shows, the only beneficiaries from the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership are global corporations. So why is a former community organizer like Barack Obama so hot for trade deals that destroy communities? Easy: He’s living in a new neighborhood now.

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Thanksgiving Emptiness

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Nearly 9 of 10 Low-Wage Workers Fear They Can’t Make Ends Meet

A new poll finds that workers on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder face job-loss anxiety levels not seen since the 1970s. The vast majority also say they fear their family incomes can’t keep them afloat financially. This is the American economic reality for those not riding the Dow Jones average.

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 READ MORE


Robert Reich on America’s Income Inequality

The Dow Jones is hitting record highs, giving the top 5 percent of the U.S. (who hold more than 80 percent of stocks) another huge boost. And although Stephen Colbert doesn’t think the wealth divide is a big deal, former Truthdigger of the Week Robert Reich begs to differ.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE


Dow Hits Record

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The Economics of Middle-Class Identity

As the recession forces many of us to frequently change jobs and work in servile positions, defining whom we are becomes increasingly difficult; Karl Marx is considered by some to be the world’s most influential scholar; meanwhile, animals can speak, scientists find, but they don’t say much beyond the basics. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE


Food Stamp Cuts

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Jobs, Hunger and the Shrinking American Way of Life

There’s some sobering news Friday about the still sputtering economy, and the repercussions of errant federal policies on the nation’s future. It doesn’t bode well, and everyone from single impoverished mothers to Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman are worried. So why does nothing get fixed?

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE


Workplace Discrimination

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For a Budget That Is Both Morally and Economically Sound

When we talk about the national budget, it is vitally important that we remember how we got into this fiscal crisis in the first place and who was responsible for it.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE


Will Work for Money

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California’s Minimum Wage Sky Falling

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