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Thursday, August 17, 2017
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#EndorseThis: John Oliver Flips Off Trump And His Coal Barons

Donald Trump’s promise to “bring back coal” — a madly Faustian bargain on a warming planet — may well have swung some Rust Belt states his way, as John Oliver suggests. But his administration’s claims to have fulfilled that pledge with “50,000 new coal jobs,” ironically articulated by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, are simply lies. […]

June 19, 2017
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Can We Think Our Way Past Robots?

Bubbling beneath today’s comic-book politics are threats to American workers that have nothing to do with people or things coming over the border. Robots and artificial intelligence are nipping at the heels of not only blue-collar workers but also white-collar professionals who assumed that a degree would keep them several steps ahead of the machines.

April 26, 2017
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Mired In The Present, They Won’t Seize The Clean Energy Future

While Donald Trump is hectoring China over subsidies to steel and other smokestack industries, China is shoving government money into production of solar panels. China is also hot to dominate the manufacture of electric cars and the batteries that go in them. Our conservatives, meanwhile, are sniping at Tesla.

April 11, 2017
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Calling Trump’s Bluff: A Guaranteed Job For Every American Who Wants To Work

The job guarantee asserts that, if individuals bear a moral duty to work, then society and employers bear a reciprocal moral duty to provide good, dignified work for all. It would finally make real the ideal, stated in Franklin Roosevelt’s “Economic Bill of Rights,” that every American possesses a “right to a useful and remunerative job” and “to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.” Not a paternalistic aid, and not some tribute to aristocratic virtue, but a right to be claimed and exercised

March 25, 2017
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U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls To A Nine-Year Low

U.S. employers boosted hiring in November adding 178,000 jobs last month. As a result, the unemployment rate dropped to a more than nine-year low of 4.6 percent.

December 2, 2016
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Food Stamp Cutbacks Hit Needy, Pantries Across U.S.

New restrictions in the federally funded food stamp program have begun affecting hundreds of thousands of needy families throughout America, as revived rules designed to incentivize people looking for work result in the loss of benefits for 500,000 to 1 million people in 21 states.

April 11, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama holds a meeting with financial regulators to receive an update on their progress in implementing Wall Street at the White House in Washington March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

5 Reasons President Obama’s Approval Rating Is At a 3-Year High

In March of 2016, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is around 51 percent, a three-year high, with a 4.9 percent unemployment rate, an eight year low.

March 14, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama checks out an all-electric Chevrolet Bolt at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan

In Detroit, Parallels With Obama’s Broader Economy

President Barack Obama jetted Wednesday to an American city whose economic revival mirrors both the U.S. economic comeback under his watch and the often negative perception of it.

January 22, 2016

5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Christmas

The truth is there’s not much you can say to bum out your new uncle-to-be who’s wearing the “Make America Great Again” hat. But for any relatives who aren’t immune to facts, you can mention these five points.

December 24, 2015
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5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Thanksgiving Dinner

Republicans need to believe that Barack Obama is a failure on par with George W. Bush and nothing you say will change that. But if politics come up at Thanksgiving, make these points for the benefit of your relatives who are not immune to facts.

November 23, 2015

Closing The Book After A Rough Termination

I recently was told that my job was going to be eliminated after nearly 20 years. While I found a new position and am moving on, the whole process was very impersonal and felt unfair. But what would have been fair to expect?

November 18, 2015

U.S. Job Growth Stumbles, Raising Doubts On Economy

The new data marked the smallest two-month gain in employment in over a year, could fuel fears that the China-led global economic slowdown is sapping America’s strength.

October 2, 2015
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Out Of The Job Market, Many Working-Age Men Aren’t Coming Back

In the past, a recovering economy usually meant rising labor participation as more people gained confidence and got off the sidelines and into the job market. But not this time.

September 9, 2015

Dear Millennials, You’re Ruining The Economy. Move Out

The kids are back home and showing no inclination to move out on their own.

August 2, 2015

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop To 41.5-Year Low

The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level in more than 41.5 years.

July 23, 2015

Jobless Rate Down; Wages Flat

Although employers added 223,000 jobs in June, workers’ average wages flattened, and the unemployment rate fell due to a shrinking labor force.

July 3, 2015

Can America Stand Rand? Cranking Up His ‘Libertarian’ Campaign

Rand Paul’s flat tax, a “new idea” from 1983, would worsen inequality, raising the burden on the poor and middle class while benefiting the very rich.

April 7, 2015

Strong February Job Numbers Underline Obama’s Performance — And GOP Failure

Obama’s job record is outstanding and continues to smash the idiotic economic predictions promoted by Republicans.

March 6, 2015
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U.S. Adds Surprisingly Strong 295,000 Jobs, But Wage Growth Slows

February was another strong month for the U.S. economy.

March 6, 2015
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5 Ways Democratic Presidents Kick Republican Butt

The evidence is clear: Democrats make the pie bigger for everyone, while Republicans redistribute to the rich.

March 2, 2015
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Walmart’s Wage Increase A Sign Of Booming Job Growth

The economic recovery is real, and it’s going to get better.

February 23, 2015

U.S. Economy Produces 257,000 Jobs In January

The U.S. economy continues to make strong gains.

February 6, 2015

On Gas Tax Increase, Obama Is Wrong — And (Some) Republicans Are Right

With their strange urge to ruin the transportation systems that made America the world’s strongest country, the Tea Party is more like a Termite Party.

February 4, 2015
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Jobless Claims Hit 15-Year Low

See the latest piece of good economic news.

January 29, 2015

U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.6 Percent

2014 was the best year for job growth since 1999.

January 9, 2015