Joseph Stiglitz on Why the Rich are Getting Richer

The Nobel Prize-winning economist says that through corporate consolidation and even gentrification, the elite are siphoning up all the world's wealth for themselves.
Lynne Stuart Parramore
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Growth or Fairness: The Phony Debate

After the 2014 debacle, Democrats are looking for answers. But the phony debate pitting growth and jobs against fairness distracts from what is needed, while repackaging the failed ideas of the past.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: Santa Cruz Comes To Town

Santa Cruz came to town this week with an early holiday gift for President Obama and the Democrats, and wingnuts predictably lost it when the president effectively called an end to the “cold war.”
Terrance Heath
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Enougher is Enougher: ANOTHER Citi Nominee

Brilliant people with expertise and a willingness to serve the public is a good thing. It is something we want people to do. But the number of Citigroup and other Wall Street people in high positions of our government matters right now.

Education’s Newsmaker Of The Year: Charter School Scandals

In 2014, charter schools became known primarily for their ability to concoct innovative new scams. From local stories to national news, charter school scandals of 2014 forever altered the narrative about these schools
Jeff Bryant
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The New Center Democrats: There’s No There There

Can old New Democrats find their voice in this populist moment? Hillary wants to know. William Galston, veteran scribe of the New Dems, applauds Sen. Chuck Schumer for showing the way. Only one problem: there's no there there.
Robert Borosage
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Is Jeb Bush Too Conservative To Win?

Much of the initial analysis of Jeb Bush's candidacy centers on the question if he is too moderate to win the Republican primary. The more important question is if Jeb is too conservative to win the general election.
Bill Scher
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Trade Deal Promises vs. Realities

The promised jobs and prosperity don't come through. Instead our trade agreements have cost us and have exacerbated inequality, which is a threat to our democracy.

President Obama’s Decisive Action On Cuba

We called on President Obama to take a series of actions to "move good things forward" in the face of a destructive right-wing agenda. Today he took one of the actions on that list.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Hope Is in the Cities and States

Over the next two years, Washington will be a horror show. But that doesn’t mean we can’t win progressive victories in 2015. We can dramatically change policy by focusing on cities and states.

Economic Policy Myths of 2014: Dead and Enduring

With the holiday season upon us, the time for end of year lists is fast-approaching. To beat the rush, today I give my list of the top dead and enduring myths of 2014.
Dean Baker
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Bad Trade

Bad trade has battered the American dream. And more damage is threatened by pending trade deals and a so-called fast track process to approve them without in-depth deliberation.
Leo Gerard
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The Bipartisan Cromnibus Saga: A Final Assessment

With the passage of the spending bill, the keepers of convention – like The Washington Post editorial page – want applause for bipartisan achievement. But if that "spirit might flourish," most Americans will pay the price.
Robert Borosage
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Wingnut Week In Review: Through The Looking Glass

If this week is a preview of what we’re in for with the next Congress, get ready to step through the looking glass and into a world where executive actions are impeachable offenses, and Duck Dynasty is Broadway bound.
Terrance Heath
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The Ominous ‘Cromnibus,’ A Budget Bill That Should Have Died

With all of the bad stuff that is in the 2015 budget that the House struggled to pass late Thursday, there is also a major story to be told about what's not in the bill. In an ideal world, it would have been voted down.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Who’s Really Failing Students?

New standardized tests hitting most of the nation this school year have been engineered to increase failure rates. But what too few are asking is who really is the failure here.
Jeff Bryant
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The Budget Bill: They Can’t Help It; This Is Who They Are

This $1 trillion dollar spending bill contains the first signs of the resurgent Republicans. Their signature touches of governing for the rich and the powerful are the first slush of the Republican winter to come.
Robert Borosage
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Call Congress To Oppose Backroom Wall Street Deal

We're calling for an all-out push today to stop a backroom deal that would reopen the Wall Street derivatives casino that caused so much damage in 2008, with taxpayers stuck with the bill for cleaning up the mess.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Senate Torture Report: What You Need To Know

On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of its report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program. Here's what you need to know.
Joshua Holland
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