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Bush And Dems Collaborate On Trade Deal by David Sirota, | May 11, 2007March 10 reports indicate that the Democratic leadership secretly agreed to a sub-standard trade pact. read more »
A Gift of Flexibility For Our Moms by David Gray, | May 10, 2007With many women balancing work and family, mothers in particular need workplace flexibility. read more »
Labor Law Reform Not Just For Unions by Peter Dreier and Kelly Candaele , | May 10, 2007The embattled Employee Free Choice Act, if passed, stands to advance a wide range of progresive goals. read more »
A World Of Katrinas by Desmond Tutu , | May 9, 2007Climatic events can undo decades of development for the world's poor. read more »
Adios, World Bank! by Nadia Martinez, | May 9, 2007For Latin America, the World Bank is no longer the only game in town. read more »
Eyes Eternally On The Prize by Michael Schwartz, | May 8, 2007Maybe it's not just about the oil, but Iraqi oil has been fought over for decades. read more »
When The Class War Goes Local by David Sirota, | May 7, 2007In Montana, corporate execs and their GOP allies gather to fight "employee-slanted" policies. read more »
Republican Debate: Monochromatic Candidates, Stale Ideas by Robert Borosage , OurFuture.org | May 4, 2007Ten white guys in dark suits and bright ties to answer questions. Three white guys in dark suits and bright ties to ask them. Stale ideas fit the staid image at the first Republican presidential debate last night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. MSNBC should have broadcast the event in black and white. The Gipper himself would have felt at home. read more »
A Big One Cent Difference by Dick Meister, | April 30, 2007Determined progressives pressured fast-food chains to pass a significant raise on to farm workers. read more »
The Plane That Won't Die ... Or Fly by Miriam Pemberton, | April 26, 2007Was the V-22 Osprey designed by cartoonist Rube Goldberg? Actually, it's not that good. read more »
China's Widening Trade Surplus Adds to Yuan Pressure, bloomberg.com | August 10, 2010
China’s Trade Surplus Climbs to $28.7 Billion, The New York Times | August 10, 2010
Fed Leaders Meet as U.S. Economic Recovery Loses Steam, The Washington Post | August 10, 2010
As Federal Reserve policymakers meet Tuesday, they will face the challenge of a faltering economic recovery without a clear consensus on what, if anything the central bank should do about it.
Fed leaders still think that the recovery is on track, though the pace of growth has slowed and the risks of a dip back into recession have risen since their last policymaking meeting in late June.
Fed Will Meet With Concerns on Deflation Rising, The New York Times | August 10, 2010
States Test Whether Public Pension Benefits Given Can Be Taken Away, stateline.org | August 10, 2010
Lawmakers in Colorado, Minnesota and South Dakota voted earlier this year to limit cost-of-living increases they previously had promised to thousands of current and future retirees, who courts historically have protected from benefit reductions. Not surprisingly, retirees in each state have filed lawsuits asking judges to restore their annual benefit increases to what they were previously.
Gov. Daniels Criticizes State Aid Package He Pushed Back In February , Huffington Post | August 10, 2010
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) joined a chorus of Republicans on Sunday when he argued that the Medicaid and teacher funding set to pass in Congress this week is excessive and does not stimulate the economy. more »
U.S. House Set to Pass State Aid as Lawmakers Return From Break, bloomberg.com | August 10, 2010
House Expected to Approve $26 Billion in Aid to States, mcclatchydc.com | August 10, 2010
The House of Representatives plans Tuesday to approve funding that would save an estimated 161,000 teachers' jobs nationwide and pump billions of dollars into depleted state treasuries to help pay health benefits for the poor. The Senate approved the measure last week, so House approval would clear the measure for President Barack Obama to sign into law.
AIG Faces Fed Scrutiny as Buffett's Bets Spared by Dodd Law, bloomberg.com | August 9, 2010
American International Group Inc. said controls on Wall Street signed into law by President Barack Obama may force the insurer to raise capital, undergo stress tests and limit bets on private equity and hedge funds. more »
Crash of 2015 Won't Wait for Regulators to Rein in Wall Street, bloomberg.com | August 9, 2010