The Norquist Roadblock Leads To a Social Security Raid

When did it become OK to use savings from the Social Security trust fund – which people have paid into with their payroll taxes – to pay for transportation projects? To avoid the ire of Grover Norquist.
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Workers In The Sharing Economy Need Shared Security

Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer has proposed a way for workers in the "gig economy" to have such benefits as a living wage, health insurance, paid vacations and sick leave, and retirement savings.
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Reaction to Greece Austerity Deal: “#ThisIsACoup”

The deal that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has reached with European Union leaders seems less a bailout of Greece's economy and more of a prelude to an overthrow of the leftist Syrzia majority running the country.
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Schumer Takes the Low Road to Fund a Transportation Bill

Democrats should be championing tax reforms that call on multinational corporations to pay more, not less, of their profits toward the infrastructure and services that support their profit-making.
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Tell Obama and Congress to Stop the Squeeze on Greece

A petition launched today calls on President Obama and Congress to urge the European Central Bank to support the Greek banking system while negotiations continue toward "a fair agreement" for the Greek people.
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On Marriage Equality, Another Bend Toward Justice

If there ever were an impossible dream, marriage equality was it just a few short years ago. While this ruling does not put to rest the struggle for LGBT equality, it does teach us the value of a persistent pursuit of justice.
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Minnesota Loses the Race to the Bottom – And Wins

When CNBC released the results of its latest ratings of "top states for business," the winner wasn't one of the states where conservatives have cut government spending, lowered taxes on the wealthy and weakened unions.
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Senate Votes To Fast-Track Jobs Out, More Corporate Power In

"This is a day of celebration in the corporate suites," said Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown after the vote – and a day to resolve to replace Wall Street-beholden members of Congress with true representatives of the people's interests.
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How Walmart Evades Taxes: 78 Subsidiaries in 15 Tax Havens

According to an Americans for Tax Fairness report, the company has at least $76 billion in profits in locations around the world where it has no stores. The only plausible reason is to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
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President Obama Should Make Rebuilding America His Legacy

Federal investment to rebuild America needs a champion. President Obama could give running room to the members of Congress and progressive activists with bold plans for the nation's infrastructure.
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The Fed Should Wait For Wages To Rise

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected on Wednesday to announce the latest verdict on if, and perhaps when, interest rates will begin to rise. The answer should be: when workers' wages rise.
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As a Bridge Crumbles, Congress Fumbles

A Congress gridlocked by conservative ideologues hit the equivalent of the snooze button on a surface transportation bill that would provide federal funding for the nation's bridges, roads and public transportation.
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The Price We Pay For Conservative Scorn Of Amtrak

An Amtrak train derails on its way through Philadelphia. A House appropriations subcommittee votes to cut federal funding for Amtrak by about 20 percent. Two dots conservatives don't want you to connect.
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You Don’t Have To Sell Your Soul To Pay For Infrastructure

Anti-government conservative ideologues and their big-business benefactors have an interest in convincing people that privatization, privatization-lite and breaks for tax evaders are the only options worth discussing.
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For Infrastructure Week, A Progressive Call To Action

Progressive populists are going to have to get loud and get active – and this is a good week to do so. An adequately and honestly funded infrastructure plan is essential to a “jobs for all” agenda.
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Jobs Report: We’re Still Feeling The Effects of Austerity

As has been true for the past few months, you have to get below the sunny top lines of the April jobs report to get the real story: We're still have a slack labor market, and right-wing austerity is the cause.
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Study Finds Right-Wing Tax Voodoo Doesn’t Work

"Our results are inconsistent with the view that cuts in top state income tax rates will automatically or necessarily generate growth," says a report from the Tax Policy Center.
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One More Time: Marriage Doesn’t Alleviate Poverty

The conservative argument that declining marriage rates contribute to high rates of poverty is a hardy perennial. Yet there are 15 million poor people in married households. Facts are stubborn things.
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When Pushing A Jobs Agenda, It’s OK To Use This F-Word

Voters support a role for the federal government "in ensuring that every person who wants to work has a job and a good standard of living," according to a report by pollster Celinda Lake.
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