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Why we’re still fighting the last war on trade policy

The other day, President Obama spoke to 100 top CEOs from the Business Roundtable. He was asked about two huge new trade deals, favored by global companies, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

Social Security: Will Obama Cave?

By Robert Kuttner, from The American Prospect: Once again, President Obama seems to be on the verge of folding a winning hand. Widely leaked reports indicate that the president and House Speaker John Boehner are making a fiscal deal that

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Social Security

Players and refs say minimum wage is a winner – but a few rich owners want a replay

By many accounts, the 2012 Super Bowl was a close game – but there’s still another big (political) football kicking around: the minimum wage. The players workers actually on the field job say it’s a clear winner – and so

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Check, Minimum Wage

Reuters: Obama lays down a marker on Social Security cuts

Cross-posted from Reuters.com: Would he or wouldn’t he? President Obama’s deficit commission endorsed cutting Social Security benefits last month, and many wondered whether the president would endorse those cuts in his State of the Union message this week. Instead, the

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Two simple ways you can make sure Obama keeps his word on Social Security

Via Social Security Works – Washington: During his campaign, then-candidate Obama made his support for Social Security crystal clear: “I do not want to cut benefits or raise the retirement age. I believe there are a number of ways we

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Social Security

Two simple steps Congress can take to slow the deficit and spur our economy

From the Everett Herald: It’s not pretty watching President Obama and the Republican minority collude in giving away billions to the wealthy, under the guise of the deceptively named “middle class tax cuts.” The president has pretty much deep-sixed the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

Reinvigorating America’s middle class means building around Obama and Democrats

From The Nation: Movement building, racial justice, and a recalibration of the progressive movement’s relationship with President Obama is important, as Gara LaMarche and Deepak Bhargava argue, but it isn’t a framework for making progressive ideals a part of actual

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Health Care, Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Days, Retirement Security
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