The Obama challenge to the banks

The president has taken a decidedly more combative, populist tone. It's time.


Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! That’s what we need!

Diehard conservatives - mostly Republicans - are willing to let the elderly, the disabled and the children die, while they themselves do nothing but scream, "No new taxes!"

Three schools of thought on financial reform

There is going to be a real problem moving ordinary people into action on any financial reform that does not a) restore their lost pensions, or b) give them back their foreclosed home.

The big minus

Without a rapid draw-down in unemployment numbers, Obama will be unlikely to resurrect the coalition he needs to address other important questions.


Who’s to blame for city’s crisis?

DETROIT - This beleaguered city is in danger of running out of money, but it's not because of city officials' incompetence  or city workers' "greed."

Forward to the phone banks!

I am weighing the Paul Krugman vs. Howard Dean approaches to what's left of health care reform.


Odd coalition challenges Bernanke - what’s it about?

Why are progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders and economist Dean Baker teaming up with right-wingers like Grover Norquist and Phyllis Schlafly?


We need jobs now!

Of all the ideas out there on how to pull us out of the economic mess we're in, none makes more sense than the program laid out by the AFL-CIO.

Banking on consumer debt

As the economic crisis continues to worsen and the official national unemployment rate inches well over 10 percent, more and more Americans are faced with more and more debt.


Are we left behind in the ‘green production’ revolution?

Institute for America's Future experts: China has a national industrial strategy. We do not. And we better come up with one soon.

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