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February 17th, 2010

Rising tide of suburban homeless across U.S.

ROOSEVELT, N.Y. - Homelessness in rural and suburban America is straining shelters this winter as the economy founders and joblessness hovers near double digits — a “perfect storm of foreclosures, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing,” in one official’s eyes.“We are seeing many families that never before sought government ... continue reading

February 9th, 2010

U.S. Army enlistment solution to unemployment for Jonathan Masse of Chicopee

Finding himself unemployed and trying to raise a young family in a sinking economy, Jonathan M. Masse did something unexpected - he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Since the Chicopee native joined the military in 2008 he has been stationed in Germany. For the past eight months, he’s been maintaining ... continue reading

January 26th, 2010

Obama's Tiny Jobs Ideas for Main Street, A Big Spending Freeze for Wall Street

President Obama today offered a set of proposals for helping America’s troubled middle class. All are sensible and worthwhile. But none will bring jobs back. And Americans could be forgiven for wondering how the President plans to enact any of these ideas anyway, when he can no longer muster 60 ... continue reading

January 2nd, 2010

Aughts were a lost decade for U.S. economy, workers

For most of the past 70 years, the U.S. economy has grown at a steady clip, generating perpetually higher incomes and wealth for American households. But since 2000, the story is starkly different. The past decade was the worst for the U.S. economy in modern times, a sharp reversal from ... continue reading

December 23rd, 2009

Local military recruiters say recession aids in meeting goals

NORTHFIELD, NJ — Jassiel Velez, a former University of Puerto Rico student, came to Brigantine in February to look for new opportunities. She found one with the U.S. Army.Velez, 24, a single mother currently working as a waitress, said she signed up for the Army National Guard in November because ... continue reading

December 16th, 2009

America’s New Homeless Veterans

For America's men and women returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, transitioning back to civilian life is often a struggle.The stress of multiple deployments, a down economy and a brutal job market create a perfect storm for 4-year Navy vet, Steve Moody, knows all too well.Moody told us the ... continue reading

December 15th, 2009

Alan Grayson: Afghan war 'futile'

Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson said Tuesday that the war in Afghanistan is “futile” and vowed to vote against the Pentagon’s appropriations bill to protest President Barack Obama’s decision to send more U.S. troops there."This is an 18th century strategy being employed against a 14th century enemy,” Grayson said. “ ... continue reading

December 14th, 2009

Allen Carrel’s temper reached a boiling point the day he chased a scantily clad woman down his street and shouted

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Allen Carrel’s temper reached a boiling point the day he chased a scantily clad woman down his street and shouted, "You will not sell your body in Ganthers Place!""I thought the whole South side would hear him," recalled his live-in partner, Ken Williams.Residents say Ganthers Place, a ... continue reading

December 11th, 2009

Veterans Jobless Rate Double Civilians'

HOUSTON - It used to be an almost unwritten rule, that is, hiring veterans was a patriotic duty that usually paid dividends. But in this, the toughest job market in two decades that advantage may have disappeared. "How do you convey to the civilian market what driving a tank was ... continue reading

December 9th, 2009

The Afghan War Through a Marine Mother's Eyes

Nearly everything is a sad reminder for Mélida Arredondo: the news on TV, stories in the paper, speeches of Barack Obama and others who talk about a war that seems to have lasted so long and affected so many lives, those lost as well as those left behind."Did your son ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

November 23rd, 2009

The Budget Deficit Crisis: The Blame Is Bipartisan

The country is being bombarded with stories claiming that record budget deficits threaten our children's future and jeopardize the credibility of the dollar. These stories are a serious problem - they have hugely confused the public about the nature of the country's economic crisis. And both parties share the blame. ... continue reading

November 18th, 2009

Remarks by Richard L. Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, Economic Policy Institute, Spotlight on the Jobs Crisis, Washington DC November 17, 2009

Let me start by telling you about a young woman who came to an event we held in northeastern Ohio two months ago. Her name is Lacey and she’s not quite 20 years old. She wanted to become a teacher. But when her father was laid off from a plant ... continue reading

November 11th, 2009

In N.C., damage not easily mended

HICKORY, N.C. -- The expansion of global trade may enrich the United States, as economists say, but it has overwhelmed this manufacturing area beside the Blue Ridge Mountains. The region has lost more of its jobs to international competition than just about anywhere else in the nation, according to federal ... continue reading

November 9th, 2009

Nearly 300 rally in Royal Oak for national health care reform

As Congress gathered in Washington to begin debate on legislation to overhaul the nation’s health care system, local people gathered in Royal Oak to rally in support of the bill.“I really wanted to be a part of this,” said Phyllis Livermore, a Birmingham resident who stood along Woodward Avenue holding ... continue reading

November 4th, 2009

Deliver the Goods

Rather than being an overwhelming sweep, most elections are a mix of good and bad news for each political party and the progressive and conservative movements in our country, and the 2009 off-year elections certainly fits into that category. In the category of the expected, both parties had easy wins: ... continue reading

October 28th, 2009

Brave New Films Stands Alongside ACORN Against Extending the Defund ACORN Act

CULVER CITY, CA — Brave New Films is pushing to get Congress to vote against extending the Defund ACORN Act.  The House is expected to take up this vote sometime this week, with the Senate to follow in the upcoming month.  Extending the Defund ACORN Act would essentially deprive ACORN ... continue reading

October 28th, 2009

Michael Moore: Catholic of the year?

Should Michael Moore be named "Catholic of the Year"? Some people love his films and some hate them: but his newest film, "Capitalism: A Love Story," provokes such passion on either side that -- on that count alone -- it becomes a tribute to his skill as filmmaker. Avoiding a ... continue reading

October 27th, 2009

Here Come the Unions

On Tuesday morning, in Chicago, the unions came to town. It was the final day of the rolling protest dubbed The Showdown in Chicago, a confrontation with the American Bankers Association, whose members had gathered for their annual meeting. With a crowd estimated at 5,000, it was without a doubt ... continue reading

October 27th, 2009

Protests at US bankers' convention

America's bankers may not agree on much. But on one issue, they are entirely united. They refuse to become humble whipping boys, taking the blame from an angry nation for the global financial crisis.More than 1,500 senior executives from banks across the nation congregated in Chicago this week for what ... continue reading

October 27th, 2009

Bankers and Their Victims

Day two of the Showdown in Chicago, a three-day-long protest against big banks, began a bit dismally for The Nation. An email from American Bankers Association spokesman John Hall informed us that our press credentials had been revoked. The reason? Because we'd arrived early to cover a protest outside the ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

October 19th, 2009

Take America Back from the Banks

The elites hate to acknowledge it, but when large numbers of ordinary people are moved to action, it changes the narrow political world where the elites call the shots. Inside accounts reveal the extent to which Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon's conduct of the Vietnam war was constrained by the ... continue reading

October 16th, 2009

Group Pickets Health Care Provider in 9-city Protest

WASHINGTON - Protesters chanted, "People not profits -- Medicare for all," while picketing WellPoint Insurance Company Thursday. The demonstration was part of a nine-city protest coordinated by the group "Mobilization for Health Care for All." WellPoint locked the lobby doors and police stood on guard. The protest was peaceful but ... continue reading

October 16th, 2009

Foreclosures Continued to Rise in 3rd Quarter as Banks Worked on Backlog

The number of homeowners pulled into the foreclosure crisis increased by 5 percent during the third quarter as a government program to help borrowers stay in their homes struggled to gain traction, according to RealtyTrac data released Thursday. RealtyTrac found that more than 925,000 borrowers received a foreclosure filing, which ... continue reading

October 15th, 2009

Michael Moore on The Today Show: 'Send Your Pennies to Goldman Sachs'

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October 15th, 2009

Michael Moore on Morning Joe: 'Withdraw Your Money from Bailed Out Banks'

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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 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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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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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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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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Mar 10th
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Mar 7th
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