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- Every time TomPaine.com runs an immigration article we get a host of e-mails from readers that say, “But illegals cost us taxpayers money for services they don’t deserve!” Here’s a study that contradicts that assumption. read more »
China Has U.S. By The Purse by Danny Schechter, | December 12, 2006The Bush administration says don't worry about our debt to China. Don't believe them. read more »
Morgan Freeman's Internet Issues by Art Brodsky, | December 11, 2006Here's why the movie star's problems with Net neutrality are the same as yours. read more »
- The quickest way to get me angry is to read any statement by Senator Brownback. But his early justifications for his run for the presidency are particularly infuriating. It's clear he seems to think the job of the president is to be matchmaker-in-chief. read more »
Ask For Little, Get Nothing by Jonathan Tasini, | December 5, 2006We voted for economic change, and the incoming Democrats need to hear us. read more »
The Circle Of Poison Continues by Bridget Hanna, | December 5, 2006Justice denied in Bhopal has meant more risk for Americans as well as Indians. read more »
Countering Conservative Economics by Jared Bernstein and David Kusnet, | December 4, 2006Four basic conservative economic shouting points—and how to calmly shout back. read more »
How Democrats Go Wrong by Robert L. Borosage, | December 1, 2006Dems can't recycle Rubinomics to improve our current situation. A new, progressive plan is in order. read more »
Trading Human Rights by Susan Ariel Aaronson, | December 1, 2006The new Congress should push for a coherent approach to human rights, development and trade. read more »
Slowing The Free-Trade Bulldozer by Mark Engler, | November 30, 2006There are positive signs that the Democratic Congress will break with the corporate globalization agenda. read more »
Stiglitz Says U.S. Faces `Anemic Recovery,' Needs More Stimulus, bloomberg.com | August 6, 2010
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz said the U.S. economy faces an “anemic recovery” and the government will need to enact another round of “better designed” stimulus measures. more »
CEO Pay Has `Catch' as Executive Performance Targets Prevail, Hewitt Says, bloomberg.com | August 5, 2010
More companies are linking future stock and cash bonuses to specific targets, according to a study of 157 companies in the Fortune 250 released today by Hewitt Associates Inc., a Lincolnshire, Illinois-based human resources consultant. Thirty- five percent of companies in the Fortune 250 had performance plans in place in 2009 compared with 18 percent in 2003.
Senate Debate Looms on Tax Cuts for Rich, The New York Times | August 5, 2010
Reid Plans September Showdown on Extension of Tax Cuts , thehill.com | August 5, 2010
Senate Democrats will hold a September showdown over trillions of dollars in expiring tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush.
Senior Democrats had expected the controversial issue to be postponed until after the election, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to bring it up when lawmakers return from a five-week August recess.
Small Business Bill Appears to Be Stuck in Senate, mcclatchydc.com | August 5, 2010
Foreclosed On—By the U.S. , The Wall Street Journal | August 4, 2010
James Currell is struggling to prevent his Minnesota home from being foreclosed. But his lender isn't a bank. It is the U.S. government.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is facing the prospect of foreclosing on a number of properties in the coming months, from homes to commercial buildings, a result of a souring mortgage portfolio it took over when it helped bail out Bear Stearns in 2008.
U.S. Consumer Bankruptcies May Exceed 1.6 Million, Report Says, bloomberg.com | August 4, 2010
U.S. consumer bankruptcies, after rising 9 percent last month from June, might exceed 1.6 million this year, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.
The 137,698 bankruptcy filings in July also represent a 9 percent increase from a year earlier, the institute said yesterday in a statement posted on its website, citing data from the National Bankruptcy Research Center.
New Democratic Strategy for Creating Jobs Focuses on a Boost in Manufacturing, The Washington Post | August 4, 2010
Maine, Pain Drive Senate Vote Today, Politico | August 4, 2010
Tax Cuts and Tanks Require Real Money, voices.washingtonpost.com | August 3, 2010
The issue isn't that conservatives don't care about the deficit. We don't really know whether Republicans care about the deficit. They say they do, and they would certainly prefer to reduce the deficit than give people health-care coverage or keep states from firing 500,000 employees. The issue is that they care about tax cuts and defense spending more. more »