Why I Marched On McDonald’s

For all the gains we have been making, the treatment of low-paid workers by some of the most profitable corporations in the world ranks high in the more significant causes of the growing inequalities in the U.S.
Rev. William Barber
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The Risk For Republicans In Fighting The Cap On Carbon

With the EPA out strong with a creative rule designed to avoid negative economic impact, and with sharp prebuttals against attacks about lost jobs and higher bills, Republicans may want to take heed before overplaying their hand.
Bill Scher
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Income Growth is Not Quite What Robert Samuelson Implies

Robert Samuelson is correct that income inequality in the US today is nothing like it was in the 1920s, because of the social welfare state. However his column is somewhat misleading on the income gains for middle- and low-income families.
Dean Baker
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The Real Piketty Scandal (Is Right-Wing Deception)

The Right wasted no time seizing the opportunity the Financial Times gave them to discredit Thomas Piketty's book on wealth inequality, but felt no responsibility to amend their words when new information came to light.
Richard Eskow
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Wingnut Week In Review: Wingnuts Profiling the Latest Shooter

Well, that didn’t take long. As Americans were still reeling from the latest gun massacre, right-wingers wasted no time blaming liberals, Hollywood, and gay marriage for all shooting rampages. As usually, the facts are decidedly against wingnuts.
Terrance Heath
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Denial Is Not A Policy.

Republicans in the House of Representatives are not only denying climate science – they're actually blocking the Pentagon from taking any action on it. Once again, House Republicans have gone too far.

The Lousy Economy: Washington’s Partisan Failure

The economy's decline during the first three months of the year is the product of Republican obstruction of any measure that might put people to work, aided and abetted by Democratic absence from the battlefield.
Robert Borosage
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The New Populism: Ready For The Fight Ahead

At the New Populism Conference, Rev. William Barber reminded progressive populists that we must know why we fight, and what we're fighting for. We must not shrink from battle, when we have all we need to fight and win.
Terrance Heath
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A New Front in the CEO Pay Wars

Almost every day, the headlines remind us how outrageous CEO pay in America has become. Will these outrages ever end? Congress give us no cause for optimism. But at the state level we actually may be in for a pleasant political surprise.

Education Accountability We Can Believe In

For years, education policy has been obsessed with outcomes like scores on standardized tests while focusing less on the inputs into our children’s schooling. It’s time for alternatives to this mindless direction.
Jeff Bryant
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Pollster Celinda Lake’s New Populism Warning

There are Republican candidates and pollsters "who get this new populism," Celinda Lake told The New Populism Conference last week. If Democrats don't effectively align themselves with the populist mood, Republicans will.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Cut-Throat Capitalism: Welcome To the Gig Economy

The media use exciting words like "creativity" and "adaptability" to describe the shift away from steady, full-time work to a gig economy of freelancers and short-term contracts. But it looks quite different, if you're actually stuck in it.
Lynne Stuart Parramore
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Elizabeth Warren and The New Populist Challenge

Led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a new populist challenge is emerging that is already influencing the national debate in 2014, and will have a major impact in 2016, whether or not the senator is ultimately drafted to run.
Robert Borosage
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Who Deserves Health Care?

Republicans revere the military for all its traditional masculine virtues. So, veterans deserve health care. Poor people (who are not veterans or elderly white people) do not. This is the simple equation that guides their philosophy.
Digby
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Wingnut Week In Review: It Couldn’t Happen To A Nicer Guy

This week saw a number of right-wingers being pulled up short, one way or another, including some of the biggest names in wingnuttia. For each wingnut up to his tinfoil hat in trouble of his own making, we can only say, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”
Terrance Heath
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The Pillow Book of Tim Geithner

"The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon" is considered an invaluable record of a pampered and long-vanished Japanese imperial court. Someday we may look at former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's memoir "Stress Test" the same way.
Richard Eskow
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What Is The New Populism?

The new populism stands in the grand American tradition of opposition to financial aristocracies. It is founded in today's reality. Its reform agenda gains broad support. And it is growing, challenging the limits of both parties.
Robert Borosage
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The GOP Death Panel

The death panels are real and they’ve been found! But it’s not President Obama or some evil communist plot that’s putting politics over lives - it’s Republicans. Republicans have created their own death panels.
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