Five Ways The GOP Budget Will Harm American Families

The Republican budget promises “a stronger economy" where families "can have more confidence and certainty in the future.” But for millions of families, it means a future filled with uncertainty and desperation.
Terrance Heath
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Koch Network Takes On Export-Import Bank

A New York Times op-ed calls for killing the Export-Import Bank because it helps American companies compete globally. A Times story reports that the anti-government Koch brothers network is behind the campaign.

Scott Walker Ends Freedom of Contract in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his backers could not give a damn about workers’ rights. His "right to work" bill is really about taking away workers ‘ freedom of contract in a way that will weaken their bargaining.
Dean Baker
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The Housing Crisis In the Shadow Of the Capitol

The people who make Washington function are increasingly unable to live in Washington. That's a symptom of a national housing affordability crisis that is not getting the attention it deserves.
Isaiah J. Poole
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50 Years Later: The Long March From Selma To Ferguson

Fifty years after Selma, the Department of Justice's investigation of the police department and courts in Ferguson, Missouri, reveals the same racism that Selma marchers stood against, and the same economic consequences.
Terrance Heath
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A Sober Look at the Good News in February Jobs Report

Jobs are up; unemployment is down. We've had five straight years of private sector jobs growth. But workers have yet to share in the rewards. The Fed should hold off stepping on the brakes.
Robert Borosage
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GOP’s Blind Hate of Labor Union Members

The GOP blindness to the difference between unionists and terrorists explains the relentless campaign by GOP leaders to renege on contractual obligations to workers, squash labor rights and slash the pay and benefits of union members.
Leo Gerard
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The Federal Reserve Board’s Plan to Kill Jobs

While there is an enormous amount of political debate over various imaginary job killers, the Federal Reserve Board is openly mapping out an actual job-killing strategy and drawing almost no attention at all for it.
Dean Baker
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13 Million Illinois Citizens Named Bruce

Gov. Bruce Rauner could not conceive that a ceremony in the neighborhood railroad mogul George Pullman named after himself was about recognizing the workers who triumphed despite him.
Leo Gerard
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How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1% and Bust the Rest

I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains. The fact is, trade agreements are no longer really about trade.

Like a Bad Neighbor, Chevron is There

Residents of Richmond, Calif., home of a Chevron oil refinery, know they’re endangered when workers are. Like the workers, the residents want refineries to become good neighbors by operating safely.
Leo Gerard
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Barbara Boxer and Rand Paul Create A Tax Monster

A former Campaign for America's Future "Progressive Champion" and a libertarian Republican have jointly created a Frankenstein of a plan that pardons corporations for their past tax avoidance.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Labor Relations Board Under Renewed Attack

A Senate Republican bill would cripple the National Labor Relations Board, an agency that is instrumental in solving labor disputes and helping workers who have been treated unfairly by their employers.
Meghan Byrd
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Not Lovin’ It

McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. Its McManagers illegally reduced the hours (and therefore the pay) of hundreds of those who joined the “Fight For 15″ campaign.
Jim Hightower
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The Federal Reserve Board and Social Security Disability

The Republican Congress, making overhauling the Social Security disability program one of its first orders of business, put in place a rule change that would make it difficult to address a projected funding shortfall.
Dean Baker
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Grassroots Push Needed For Sanders’ Infrastructure Bill

Flooded streets, broken bridges and overcrowded public transportation make the case for Sen. Bernie Sanders' $1 trillion spending plan. So do the 13 million jobs that the bill would create.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Greece Proves Populist Movements Can Fight And Win

After five years of protests, demonstrations, and strikes, Greek citizens voted to throw off five years of austerity. Their victory has emboldened populists across Europe and should inspire Americans to resist austerity here at home.
Terrance Heath
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Needed: The Case For Public Investment In Public Infrastructure

The White House today announced the creation of an infrastructure bonds program designed to attract private financing for transportation projects. It's a workaround for the cowardice and obstruction in Washington.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Put Working People First

The AFL-CIO launched a campaign last week to wrench worker wages out of the muck and push them up.
Leo Gerard
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