WASHINGTON - For much of America, it still feels like we are in a recession. We have recession levels of unemployment, with the headline rate at 7.7 percent. And that jumps to 14.4 percent if we count the underemployed and those who have given up hope. Read more

End tax-cuts for super-rich only and spend new revenues on job creation

WASHINGTON - President Obama is confronting mostly Republican opponents over whether to extend the Bush tax-cuts to the richest 1 percent of taxpayers. Read more

With inflation checked, a new round of federal spending can create millions of new jobs

WASHINGTON - Three years after our worst recession since the Great Depression officially ended, the U.S. economy is still very weak. The people most hurt by this weakness are the unemployed and the poor, and of course the two problems are related. Read more

GOP's assault on women bogs down in quicksand

WASHINGTON - The Republicans' gamble that they could ride a backlash against the Obama administration's efforts to increase the availability of contraception has gone terribly bad. Read more

Con: We're still 10 million jobs short of boom times

WASHINGTON - The U.S. recession officially ended in June 2009, but most Americans don't feel like we are in a recovery. Read more

Pro: Health care law is a hopeful step forward

WASHINGTON - The United States has a terribly dysfunctional health-care system, unique among the rich countries in the word in its waste and abuse of its citizens. Read more

Pro: Does CELAC’s shunning of US & Canada signal end of domination?

WASHINGTON - Although most Americans have not heard about it, a historic step toward changing this hemisphere was taken three weeks ago. A new organization for the region was formed, and everyone was invited except the United States and Canada. Read more

Protesters reflect vast majority on 99 % of most major issues

WASHINGTON - The Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread to scores of cities claims to represent "the 99 percent." Does it? Ninety-nine percent is perhaps too high a bar for public opinion. Read more

Discredited survey pushed myth of employers dropping health plans

WASHINGTON — A recent report by McKinsey and Company was seized upon by opponents of health care reform to create a new... Read more

Bernanke must go

WASHINGTON — The recent release of documents showing that the Federal Reserve lent tens and possibly hundreds of... Read more

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