What Everyone Is Missing About The Obamacare Deadline

Under the law, for 2014, we don't have a complete individual mandate. This year's penalty for being uninsured is relatively light. Not so next year, and even less so the year after that.
Bill Scher
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The Minimum Wage Fight Is A Fight For Women

Millions of women are the backbone of the services sector yet struggle to provide the basics for their families. Here's how they would benefit from a $10.10 minimum wage.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Washington Conservatives, Leave The States Alone!

Why won't the professional conservative movement listen to these "instruments of self-government," these "laboratories of democracy," these "centers of innovation"?
Bill Scher
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Beware Anything Called Corporate Tax “Reform”

You should pay attention because there is big money involved — really, really big money that could be used for roads, courts, schools, health care and all the other things government does to make our economy and our lives better.

Drilling Into America’s (Lack Of) Dental Coverage

Millions of Americans put off visiting the dentist because of the increasing cost of dental care. Last year, I became one of them. In pain, and in need of dental care, I was shocked to find out how little my dental insurance covered.
Terrance Heath
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Directly Destroying Democracy

The rich can buy more of everything. More food. More cars. More houses. More vacations. More boats. But for a democracy to function properly, they should be forbidden from buying more votes.
Leo Gerard
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The Cost of Empire, in Ukraine and At Home

At a time when so many Americans are struggling economically, our nation continues to pay a steep price for its global empire – and in more ways than one. Case in point: The delay in a vote on renewing emergency jobless benefits.
Richard Eskow
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$1 Billion In Tax Dollars To Miseducate Our Children

The right-wing push for private school vouchers is leading to taxpayer subsidies of education that can be more damaging to children and our society than any shortcomings of public schools. We need a movement to stop it.
Isaiah J. Poole
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More Progress, and Peril, on the Home Opportunity Front

Earlier this month, a Senate committee released a discussion draft of legislation to overhaul the nation’s housing finance system. It’s a good time to take a closer look at America’s longer-term progress on home opportunity.
Alan Jenkins
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Rebuild Our Economy By Reducing Our Trade Deficit

President Obama said he would create one million new manufacturing jobs. The President has not met his goal, but we can still reduce unemployment, create new good manufacturing jobs, and reduce our trade deficit all at the same time.
Matt Murray
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Ryan and Christie Get Earfuls At Town Halls

It's been a rough week for two of the GOP's leading lights. Tumultuous town halls showed that two of conservatism's biggest stars, Paul Ryan and Chris Christie, may be crashing to earth, and taking the GOP’s 2016 hopes with them.
Ryan and Christie Get Earfuls At Town Halls
Terrance Heath
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Wingnut Week In Review: March Madness

March Madness is upon us, in more ways than one. We know that right-wingers will howl with outrage over anything President Obama does. So it's no surprise that conservatives are freaking out over President Obama's March Madness picks.
Terrance Heath
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Bernie Madoff Sounds a Lot Like These Angry Billionaires

These are particularly rewarding times to be wealthy, what with runaway wealth accumulation at the top and actual tax rates for the rich and corporations near record lows. And yet the complaints keep coming.
Richard Eskow
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5 Reasons to Consider a Basic Income for All Americans

What if you could receive a guaranteed basic yearly income with no strings attached? Sounds like a far-fetched idea, right? Wrong. All over the world, people are talking guaranteeing basic incomes for citizens as a viable policy.
Lynne Stuart Parramore
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On Jobs, Just Say ‘No’ To Normal

The Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget" sets the bar higher than any other economic plan when it comes to job creation. But even that budget accepts limits to the economic policy debate that we should push beyond.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Extremists In The Education Debate

New extremists in the education debate represent a mindset unwilling to fight things out on a democratic playing field, no matter how unlevel. Instead, they aim to eliminate the playing field altogether
Jeff Bryant
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The Useful Idiots Of The Corporate Elite

There are a whole lot of useful idiots in America. Yesterday, a caller called into my radio show, and echoed Congressman Paul Ryan’s recent comments, blaming the black community for poverty in America.

Free Higher Education Is a Human Right

I believe the moment will come, perhaps very soon, when we as a society will ask ourselves: How can we deny a higher education to any young person in this country just because she or he can’t afford it?
Richard Eskow
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The Plutocrats Take To The Barricades

The plutocrats are taking to the barricades against the new populism. They are demanding that politicians offer them not merely hidden tax breaks, but public tribute. Their arrogance is fueling the populism they fear.
The Plutocrats Take To The Barricades
Robert Borosage
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Moral Mondays Goes Down to Georgia

Today the Moral Mondays movement brought its brand of righteous progressivism to the Georgia state capitol, to demand accountability and better lives for Georgians.
Terrance Heath
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Billionaires…First They Came For The Economy

First the oligarchs came for our economy, and we said nothing. Now, they’ve come for science. Thanks to Republican-backed austerity measures, our nation’s scientific infrastructure has been hit with devastating budget cuts.

Extra Effort Unrewarded

President Obama signed an executive order last week to require employers to pay more workers overtime, to stop corporations from devaluing both hard work and the important American tenet that extra effort should be rewarded.
Leo Gerard
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Beware Of The “Sneak Laws”

There are tons of "sneak laws" written to benefit a few key corporations or billionaires. These laws limit competition, provide subsidies, give tax breaks – you name it. But they never help regular people.

Tackling Student Debt and the Privatization of Education

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has kicked off a new campaign called “Higher Ed, Not Debt” to tackle the nation’s staggering burden of student loan debt. It's part of a larger battle over education in America from pre-kindergarten up.
Joshua Holland
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Can a Great City Overdose on Billionaires?

The chase after the super rich is leaving the world’s choicest cities nastier places to live for anyone without a grand fortune. Any city “in thrall to money and greed,” one newspaper warns, is inviting “nightmarish consequences."
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