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July 13th, 2010

Corbett: Unemployed waiting on benefits to run out

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett said last week that some workers who are between jobs will stay that way as long as they are receiving unemployment benefits. Corbett made the comment on Pennsylvania Public Radio while campaigning for governor in Elizabethtown. His Democratic opponent in ... continue reading

July 13th, 2010

No extension of unemployment benefits in sight for the long-term jobless

TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- Even before his unemployment checks ended, Dwight Michael Frazee's days were filled with the pursuit of any idea that could earn him a buck. But few are working out, and now his nights are filled with dread. In the coming weeks, the Senate is expected to ... continue reading

July 12th, 2010

It's always the economy, stupid

With merely five months before the election and the outlook grim for Democrats, we're starting to hear rumblings of a fight within the White House. The political side, we're told, wants to focus on the swelling deficit, which it believes is contributing mightily to the public's sense that the economy ... continue reading

July 9th, 2010

Senate likely to get 60th vote for unemployment extension next week

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin got clearance from the state attorney general that a special election to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd can be held in November, reports the New York Times. Manchin had said he wanted to know whether an election could take place this year or would ... continue reading

July 9th, 2010

Why the Idiocy about Unemployment?

My wife, a labor economist, is upset with NPR's "The Take Away" (and many other news programs) for reinforcing the myth that somehow the unemployed are to blame for not having a job. We all should be angry as well because the jobs just aren't there. In fact, the latest ... continue reading

July 8th, 2010

The Self-inflicted Insanity of American Unemployment

News that the unemployment rate has fallen to a “mere” 9.5% seems to suggest an improvement in our dire economic prospects. The reality, however, is far grimmer, as the latest US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate. On balance, it would seem that the apparent “ignition” to the economy achieved in ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

July 7th, 2010

What We Make Our Sisters Do for Healthcare

Sisters, we are allowing great pain and suffering. Sisters, we are doing more than allowing great pain and suffering, we are participating in it. All around us, our moms, our daughters, our cousins, our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends and, yes, our sisters are fighting in quiet desperation against a ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

July 7th, 2010

Republicans: The Party of Unemployment

From now until Nov. 2, the Republican Party will be the party of unemployment. The logic is straightforward: The more people who are unemployed on Election Day, the better the prospects for Republicans in the fall election. They expect, with good cause, that voters will hold the Democrats responsible for ... continue reading

June 30th, 2010

Kelliher Proposes Bold Minn. Health Care Plan

Getting healthy is a major focus of the 2010 campaign for governor in Minnesota, and democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher is promising to insure every person in Minnesota by the end of her first term.Anderson Kelliher is going further than any other candidate. She said Minnesota needs more than a health ... continue reading

June 30th, 2010

Lawmakers are putting economic recovery at risk

Seldom has the policy conflict between recovery and reform been presented as starkly as in the last two weeks. On the one hand, there is last week's congressional agreement on a historic reshaping of the financial regulatory system — which brings stronger consumer protections, sharper oversight of mega-banks and risk-oriented ... continue reading

June 25th, 2010

No Gulf seafood, no po-boys; owner shuts La. cafe

GHEENS, La. – Vicki Guillot has served her last seafood po-boy.The local bounty of fresh shrimp and oysters that once kept the only restaurant in this rural Louisiana town bustling can no longer be culled from the Gulf of Mexico because of the massive oil spill that has fouled the ... continue reading

June 25th, 2010

Ed Shultz and Tom Harkin Talk Failure of Unemployment Bill on The Ed Show

SCHULTZ: And in my Playbook tonight, senate republicans once again blocked legislation to extend unemployment benefits. The vote less than an hour ago was 57 to 41. Hold it right there. Fifty seven people in the senate want to help those folks out there that don‘t have benefits and that‘s ... continue reading

June 25th, 2010

Senate again rejects expanded spending package

Senate Democrats abandoned on Thursday efforts to provide fresh aid to cash-strapped state governments and extend emergency unemployment benefits for millions of jobless workers, leaving in limbo President Obama's push for more spending to bolster the economy. The decision came after the Senate failed again to muster 60 votes to ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2010

Poll: Spill drags the president's rating down

Two months of oil continuing to gush from a well off the Gulf Coast, as well as an unemployment rate still near 10 percent, have taken a toll on President Barack Obama and his standing with the American public, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.For the first ... continue reading

June 20th, 2010

Rand Paul to long-term jobless: Just go back to work

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul on Friday urged Americans who have been unemployed for many months to consider returning to the workforce in less desirable jobs rather than continue relying on government unemployment assistance. "In Europe, they give about a year of unemployment. We're up to two years now ... continue reading

June 18th, 2010

Nevada takes dubious jobless title from Michigan

NEW YORK ( -- Nevada's jobless rate hit a record high last month and and is now the highest in the nation, the first time in four years that Michigan doesn't hold that distinction, according to a government report released Friday. The Silver State's unemployment rate climbed to 14% in ... continue reading

June 1st, 2010

Does Washington care about unemployment?

U.S. Treasury bond prices leaped again in May. By the third week of the month, the 30-year Treasury bond sold for ten percent more than it had at the start of the month, a mark of the growing excess demand for safe, liquid, high-quality financial assets. As economist John Stuart ... continue reading

May 4th, 2010

Progressives set to meet, support democracy

Chuck Ogg thinks the government needs to do more to help the people.Ogg, spokesman for the Rock County Progressives, said he and others decided to form a group after attending a MoveOn event and watching Michael Moore’s film: “Capitalism: A Love Story.” The movie examines the impact of corporate dominance ... continue reading

April 29th, 2010

Protesters enter NYC bank buildings before rally

NEW YORK — Noisy protesters with signs took over two bank building lobbies on Thursday in a prelude to a Wall Street rally by workers and union leaders angry over lost jobs, the taxpayer-funded bailout of financial institutions and questionable lending practices by big banks.Hours before the scheduled rally, more ... continue reading

March 26th, 2010

Larry Summers May Be Leaving Obama Administration

The conventional wisdom in Washington and on Wall Street has been that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner -- the target of populist outrage over Wall Street bailouts and high unemployment -- would be the first to leave the Obama administration’s economic team after the mid-term elections. But the FOX Business Network ... continue reading

March 26th, 2010

Obama readies steps to fight foreclosures, particularly for unemployed

The Obama administration plans to overhaul how it is tackling the foreclosure crisis, in part by requiring lenders to temporarily slash or eliminate monthly mortgage payments for many borrowers who are unemployed, senior officials said Thursday. Banks and other lenders would have to reduce the payments to no more than ... continue reading

March 17th, 2010

The Green They Steal, The Greed They Wear

Friends, It was amazing. Every story on the front page of Monday's New York Times told the story of the Age of Greed during which a system known as capitalism is slowly, but surely, killing us: Insurance company greed: "Millions Spent to Sway Democrats on Health Care" War profiteers: "Contractors ... continue reading

March 7th, 2010

Moore: Democrats are 'going to get an ass-whoopin' of biblical proportions'

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Sunday railed on Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, predicting, "Democrats on Election Day 2010 are going to get an ass-whoopin' of biblical proportions if things don't change right now."In an open letter to the White House, Moore placed the blame for Democrats' dismal electoral prospects ... continue reading

March 2nd, 2010

Payday lenders giving advances on unemployment checks

The payday loan industry has found a new and lucrative source of business: the unemployed. Payday lenders, which typically provide workers with cash advances on their paychecks, are offering the same service to those covered by unemployment insurance. No job? No problem. A typical unemployed Californian receiving $300 a week ... continue reading

March 2nd, 2010

Jim McDermott Calls Kentucky's Jim Bunning a Bully, Forgets to Mention Bunning's Nuts Too

Rep. Jim McDermott is pissed. In the middle of the worst recession in a century, Jim Bunning, a Senator from Kentucky and Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, has turned into a one-man filibuster, stalling emergency funding for unemployment insurance days before it's set to expire. "Bunning was a bully as ... continue reading

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

Apr 20th
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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law Donna Smith Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? Donna Smith We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa Nick Turse Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch Donna Smith The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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