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Economy

Disaster Capitalism's Coming Use of The Lead Water Pipe Crisis
Glen Ford, founder of Black Agenda Report, says the water pipe crisis will be used to justify previous goals of gentrifying more urban areas and creating massive wealth for elite corporations

  April 12, 2016

Why Krugman's Latest Attack on Sanders' Economic Plans Is Wrong
Economists Bill Black and Michael Hudson respond to Paul Krugman's latest New York Times column, "Sanders Over the Edge"

  April 9, 2016

The Panama Papers: Victims of Offshore Tax Havens
From The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Behind the email chains, invoices and documents that make up the Panama Papers are often unseen victims of wrongdoing enabled by the shadowy offshore industry.

  April 4, 2016

Panama Papers Expose Kleptocracy in Action
Investigative Journalist James Henry describes how government officials are directly benefiting from the tax havens they are responsible for dismantling

  April 4, 2016

CA and NY Workers to Earn $15 Minimum Wage, Will US Economy Suffer?
PERI economist Jeanette Wicks-Lim debunks myths that raising the minimum wage will lead to job loss and higher prices for consumers

  April 5, 2016

Growth is Useless Without Equal Economic Distribution
Robert Pollin of PERI challenges Paul Krugman's assertion that Sanders' economic proposals are unrealistic and questions conventional wisdom on economic growth

  April 2, 2016

World Economic Situation: Serious Difficulties Call For Bold Measures
Dr. Yilmaz Akyuz, Chief Economist of the intergovernmental organization South Centre, says that the 2008 financial crisis may be moving in a third wave that could devastate the Global South

  March 28, 2016

The Empire Files: Understanding Marxism and Socialism with Richard Wolff
To understand why Marx's popularity has stood the test of time, Abby Martin interviews renowned Marxist economist Richard Wolff.

  March 21, 2016

Former Bush Treasury Official Agrees with Sanders on Breaking Up the Big Banks
Economist Gerald Epstein says President of Minneapolis Federal Reserve Neel KashKari's Support of Bernie's Banking Policy is Both Surprising and Welcome

  March 1, 2016

Was Clintonomics Good for Working People?
PERI's Robert Pollin says the poverty rate decreased under President Clinton but his support of Wall Street deregulation set up a massive transfer of wealth from the working class to the elite

  February 29, 2016

Prominent Wall Street Whistleblowers Announce New Initiative
Bank Whistleblowers United held a kick-off conference Thursday where former high ranking officials outlined a proposal they would like to see each presidential candidate adopt

  February 28, 2016

Subprime Mortgage Whistleblowers Warn Bigger Crash on Its Way
Whistleblowers Richard Bowen and Michael Winston, along with UMKC's Bill Black, discuss the rampant fraud at Countrywide and Citigroup and how today's high foreclosure rates in states like Nevada could be a sign of what's to come

  February 21, 2016

Sanders' Wall Street Tax Could Raise $300 Billion A Year
Robert Pollin, who authored the Inclusive Prosperity Act, says transaction taxes are common in many capitalist countries

  February 18, 2016

Did Financial Giant Goldman Sachs Just Admit the System is Rigged?
Former financial regulator Bill Black explains why one of world's largest investment firms Goldman Sachs questioning the "efficacy of capitalism" and why its CEO is terrified of a Sanders presidency

  February 5, 2016

Hollywood Glorifies Bankers, Ignores Unsung Whistleblowers
UMKC's Bill Black reviews the highlights and holes of the film The Big Short

  February 8, 2016

China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Opens Without the US
Mark Weisbrot of CEPR says the institutions of global governance, especially the ones that have actual power, have historically been controlled by the United States - this bank marks a departure from that trend

  January 15, 2016

Wage Pressures, Falling Commodity Prices Spell Trouble for the Global Economy
With no recovery in the Eurozone and the whole of Eastern Europe in trouble, greater turmoil in Asian economies could bring the world economy to a critical moment, says economist Heiner Flassbeck

  January 15, 2016

China Faces Challenges Over Currency Valuation and Wages
Economist Rob Johnson says China is undergoing a major transition from an export-led economy to a domestic demand-led economy

  January 12, 2016

Bernie Sanders Decries Lack of Wall Street Prosecutions
Former financial regulator Bill Black says it's important to reimplement the Glass-Steagall Act - but it's not enough to prevent another financial crisis.

  January 6, 2016

How The Chinese Debt Bubble Led to the Stock Market Plunge
Johns Hopkins professor Ho-fung Hung says we are seeing a continuation of the stock market collapse from the summer of 2015, and executive measures to rescue the market can only create more trouble in the long run

  January 4, 2016

The Top Three Economic Stories of 2015
UMKC's Michael Hudson breaks down how the increasing wealth gap, suppression of wages, and IMF rule changes are creating a battle between the classes

  December 31, 2015

$100 Billion in Tax Revenue Lost Every Year Due to Loopholes for Multinationals
On 60 minutes, Apple CEO Tim Cook says accusations of tax avoidance schemes are 'total political crap', but economist James Henry says it's unfair for corporations to simply wash their hands of having to share the costs of government

  December 23, 2015

Why You Should Be Concerned by the Fed's Interest Rate Hike
PERI Co-director Gerald Epstein says while the interest rate hike is meant to demonstrate the growing strength of the US economy, it could actually end up slowing it down

  December 17, 2015

Wealthiest 20 Americans Have More Wealth Than the Entire GDP of India
Josh Hoxie of the Institute for Policy Studies discusses the findings of his recent study on wealth inequality and comments on Mark Zuckerberg's 'philanthropy'

  December 3, 2015

Vulture Capitalists Are the Real Winners of Argentina's Elections
Economist James Henry explains how the new conservative president will make vulture capitalists like Paul Singer turn a $43 million loan into a $1.5 billion return

  November 27, 2015

Warren Investigation Finds Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for $10 Trillion in Risky Derivatives
After Congress rammed through a 'cromnibus' spending bill last year that repealed parts of Dodd-Frank financial regulation, UMKC's Bill Black explains how with or without this repeal another Wall Street bailout is still a real possibility

  November 16, 2015

Low-Wage Workers to Target Republican Debate in Milwaukee
15 Now's Ty Moore explains why fast-food workers and supporters are striking nationwide on Tuesday, and also discusses the impact of a phased-in $15 minimum wage in Seattle and the recent reelection of socialist councilwoman Kshama Sawant

  November 9, 2015

New Research Says Income Inequality Worsened Under Fed's Quantitative Easing Policy
PERI's Gerald Epstein says monetary policy itself won't narrow the gap because weak unions, anti-union governments, low bargaining power of workers, and lack of access to credit for the poorest remain central problems

  November 4, 2015

Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (5/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh continues her discussion of the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance

  November 1, 2015

Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (4/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh continues her discussion of the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance

  October 30, 2015

Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (3/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh continues her discussion of the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance

  October 29, 2015

Bernie and the Big Banks (3/3)
Are Sanders' proposals to rein in the excesses of Wall St. meaningful, is public banking possible? Bill Black and Leo Panitch discuss and debate

  October 28, 2015

Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (2/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh continues her discussion of the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance

  October 27, 2015

Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (1/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh discusses the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance

  October 26, 2015

Breaking the Western Union's Remittance Monopoly
Economist James Henry says remittance transfer costs combined with the foreign exchange amounts to 15%, which is simply unaffordable for the poor who depend on remittence as a life line

  October 14, 2015

What Washington Isn't Saying About the TPP 'Victory'
Manuel Perez-Rocha, policy analyst at Institute for Policy Studies, says that the stated purpose of the agreement - to eliminate tariffs - has distracted people from its more subtle goal of protecting corporate profits

  October 5, 2015

Beyond Zero Interest Rate Policy: How the Fed Can Stimulate the Economy
Robert Pollin says the Federal Reserve has the tools to promote credit expansion for productive investment and create jobs for 22 million people

  September 19, 2015

The Sky Is Not Falling? China's Stock Market Impact
Economist James Henry discusses China and its impact on global markets

  August 26, 2015

Smoke and Mirrors of Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash
Michael Hudson, the author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy Global Economy, says the stock market crash on Monday has very little to do with China and all to do with shortermism and buybacks of corporations inflating their own stocks

  August 25, 2015

Clinton Takes Soft Swipe at "Short-termism"
Gerald Epstein of PERI, U. Mass. Amherst, argues that Clinton does not go far enough by just calling for transparency in "short-termism" because buybacks of corporate stocks should be made illegal

  August 21, 2015

Republican Rank-and-File Line Up Against Financial Regulation
Former financial regulator Bill Black mocks Republican claims of 'bigotry' against 'the success of CEOs'.

  August 3, 2015

Nations Exposed To Risky International Debt Financing, Why & What's at Stake? (1/2)
We look into what governments really need to both finance transformative development and to deal with financial and debt crises.

  July 29, 2015

Nations Exposed To Risky International Debt Financing, Why & What's at Stake? (2/2)
We look into what governments really need to both finance transformative development & to deal with financial and debt crises

  July 29, 2015

BRICS Challenges the "Double Standard" of the West
Newsclick talks to Vijay Prashad about the Declaration of the 7th Summit of the BRICS countries held in Ufa, Russia.

  July 13, 2015

BRICS Establishes A Development Bank
Patrick Bond, Co-Editor of BRICS: An Anti-Capitalist Critique, finds BRICS to be largely neoliberal and unequal, evident by the appointees to the bank board.

  July 12, 2015

Yellen Signals Interest Rate Hike, Will It Increase Inequality?
PERI's Gerald Epstein says the Fed needs to expand its toolbox to get finance to Main Street because raising interest rates will hurt workers.

  July 12, 2015

House Democrats Defeat TPP For Now
CEPR's Stephan Lefebvre explains why House Democrats voted against Trade Adjustment Assistance and what to expect before the revote Tuesday

  June 12, 2015

Murdoch Among the Most Corrupt Oligarchs in the World
Bill Black Report: The Murdoch empire, including Rupert's son James, is riddled with scandals, corruption and bribery

  June 12, 2015

Should Fed Taper QE If Banks Get Most of the Benefits?
UMKC professor of economics Michael Hudson explains how the bond-buying program helps keep interest rates low for everyday people but has also shored up bad mortgage loans of corrupt banks

  June 15, 2015

Fast Track for Whom?
Michael Hudson says fast track legislation takes decision-making power out of the hands of the legislators and puts it in the hands of corporate lobbyists

  May 27, 2015

Five Big Banks Plead Guilty to Rigging Currency Markets and No One Goes to Jail
TRNN Top Stories of 2015: James S. Henry say the $5.89 billion they are collectively required to pay in penalties won't even get at 3% of their annual earnings.

  May 21, 2015

How to Use Economics and Not Be Used By Economists (6/6)
Economist Ha-Joon Chang explains the consequences of Neoclassical economics in a world where neoliberal economic policies prevail.

  May 17, 2015

How to Use Economics & Not Be Used By Economists (5/6)
Ha-Joon Chang, author of Economics: The User's Guide, explains why we need the insights of Keynesian, Schumpeterian & Behavioralist Schools as alternatives to the Neoclassical approach

  May 15, 2015

How to Use Economics & Not Be Used By Economists (4/6)
Economist Ha-Joon Chang explains how alternative approaches to economics can help us understand the whole economy in ways we would miss if only looking through the Neoclassical lens

  May 13, 2015

How To Use Economics & Not Be Used By Economists (2/6)
Economist Ha-Joon Chang says there are political assumptions in any economic theory; what makes Neoclassical economics different is that its proponents will tell you that their analysis is objective, scientific analysis, and therefore you cannot question it.

  May 11, 2015

How To Use Economics & Not Be Used by Economists (1/6)
Economist Ha-Joon Chang explains why the school of Neoclassical economics that rose in the 19th/early 20th century - now today's dominant school of economics - decided they wanted to be scientists.

  May 10, 2015

Why UK Election is a Win-Win for Banksters
Former Financial Regulator Bill Black discusses how both Labour and Conservative parties have contributed to UK's regulatory race to the bottom

  January 6, 2014

Investigative Report Finds World Bank Displaced 3.4 Million People (1/2)
Alnoor Ladha, executive director of The Rules, says it is time to examine the stated mandate of the World Bank, its true intent and the history of one oppression after another it has caused through structural adjustment policies

  April 23, 2015

The Rich Get Richer If House Republicans Repeal the Estate Tax
Bill Black, a former bank regulator, discusses the history of why the federal estate tax exists and why the Republicans want it repealed

  April 16, 2015

Whistleblowers: Citigroup Falsely Represented Up to 80% of Mortgages Sold to Fannie and Freddie in 2007
Richard Bowen and Sherry Hunt were reporting on the toxic scam and still there was no action from the DOJ, but now there is a small victory, says Bill Black, former financial regulator

  April 6, 2015

Bankers Avoid Jail Time in Tax-Evasion Case
Bill Black says two Credit Suisse bankers who made a deal to avoid jail time are minor players compared to executives who faced no punishment at all

  March 28, 2015

The Fed Sits on Interest Rates Waiting Greater Recovery
Professor Robin Hahnel of E3 Network says Yellen is acting in the public interest and does not want to derail slow and tepid recovery

  March 20, 2015

Chile's Growing Corruption Scandal Underscores Need for Whistleblower Protections
Former financial regulator Bill Black reports on a corruption scandal embroiling Chile's conservative party and business executives

  March 16, 2015

The Juncker Plan for Economic Recovery in Europe
Bill Black says once again the EU decides not to target investments to help nations It forced into great depressions

  March 15, 2015

U.S. Workers Returning to Labor Force with Part-time Jobs and Stagnant Wages
Economist Richard Wolff discusses the latest unemployment figures and says the raising of interest rates by the Federal Reserve during a weak recovery would be disastrous for our heavily indebted society

  March 8, 2015

Will Quantitative Easing Solve the European Economic Crisis?
Gerald Epstein, Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute, raises questions regarding the effectiveness of quantitative easing by the European Central Bank

  February 23, 2015

Iceland's Supreme Court Upholds Jail Sentences of Four Banking Executives
Former financial regulator Bill Black explains how Iceland took down the banking executives responsible for wrecking the country's economy

  February 23, 2015

The Rich Hide an Estimated 21 Trillion in Offshore Accounts
James Henry, author of "Pirate Bankers," says Swiss Banks like HSBC, Credit Suisse, and UBS facilitate offshore accounts and buy millions of dollars worth of influence in Washington

  February 22, 2015

An Irish-Style Banking Inquiry into the 2008 Financial Crisis
Former financial regulator Bill Black discusses his recent testimony in Ireland and the challenges the country faces in acknowledging its financial crisis

  February 27, 2015

HSBC Offshore Tax-Evading Scandal Widening
Former financial regulator Bill Black details emerging revelations about HSBC bank's tax-evading practices and lack of accountability from European governments who were aware of the practice

  March 1, 2015

Top Three Things to Know About Obama's Proposed Corporate Off-Shore Profits Tax
Economist James Henry says Obama's proposed 14 percent mandatory tax fails to shutdown tax dodging schemes and creates incentives for more tax dodging

  February 3, 2015

President Obama in Saudi Arabia to Pay Respects to Former Friend and Ally King Abdullah
Toby Jones says King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia built an oppressive regime that violated human rights and cozied up to terrorism

  January 27, 2015

Removing the Social Security Tax Cap Would Benefit Most Workers
CEPR's Nicole Woo says a phase-out of the tax cap could eliminate up to 80% of the projected shortfall in social security funding

  January 20, 2015

House Passes Bill Further Weakening Financial Regulation
TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux looks at the key bill provisions benefiting Wall Street, and also examines the so-called opposition of Democratic lawmakers

  January 15, 2015

What is Causing Market Volatility?
Professor Leo Panitch, author of The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire, says the Fed has a lot to do with it

  January 16, 2015

Pensions of Union Workers Cut in Federal Budget
UMKC economics professor Michael Hudson discusses how Wall Street will profit as workers' pensions get slashed

  January 2, 2015

DOJ Misses Another Opportunity to Go After Banks
Bill Black: Obama administration quietly gave a $57 million award to a whistleblower regarding the Countrywide and Bank of America mortgage scandal

  December 21, 2014

42 Billion in Tax Breaks Favoring Corporations Extended
This is a Christmas present for the tax lobby and Washington insiders, hardly a way to encourage investments with tax incentives, says James Henry, Senior Economist for the Tax Justice Network

  December 21, 2014

The State of Workers' Wages around the World
Economist Richard Wolff compares the stagnation of wages in the U.S. for the past 30 years to the increase in wages in emerging markets and explains why capital left America

  December 8, 2014

What is Fueling the Price of Oil? (2/2)
The sliding oil and gas prices, combined with the sanctions, causes Russia to pivot to Asia for a long-term economic strategy, says Dr. Thomas O'Donnell of The Free University of Berlin

  December 6, 2014

New Employment Figures in the Shadow of a Fragile Economy
Economist Richard Wolff says workers are returning to jobs with lower wages, fewer benefits, and less job security than they had before the financial crisis hit

  December 2, 2014

Who Is in Charge of Development: The Elite or the Majorities? (2/2)
The conclusion of a conversation with UN economist Richard Kozul-Wright on the far-reaching impact of a lecture given by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on the politics of development

  November 24, 2014

Who Is In Charge of Development: The Elite or the Majorities? (1/2)
Part 1 of a conversation with UN economist Richard Kozul-Wright on the far-reaching impact of a lecture on the politics of development given by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa

  November 21, 2014

G-20 Recommits to Lifting Private Sector Activity
They have managed to contain a massive capitalist crisis and they may actually be realizing that massive government sector spending is required to save capitalism, says Prof. Leo Panitch the author of The Making of Global Capitalism.

  November 20, 2014

The Power to Create Money in the Hands of the Banks
The same financial institutions that created the financial crisis are now entrusted with one of the most power tools to shape the economy - and many elected officials have no idea, says Ben Dyson of Positive Money

  November 17, 2014

$4.3 Billion Fine for Fraud in Exchange Market Manipulations is Pittance for Major Banks
This collective fine for big banks involved in exchange fraud represent less than 1/1000 of the daily transactions in the market says Bill Black, former financial regulator

  November 14, 2014

Final Rule of Dodd-Frank Won't Address Incentives, Lax Regulation, or Size of Banks
Despite being a requirement of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform law, the final rule designed to prevent large financial firms from becoming too big won't precent another crisis, says Gerald Epstein, professor of economics and a founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute

  November 7, 2014

Wealth of Households and Poverty of its People
Household wealth has considerably fallen to 1998 levels for a majority of households says the Center for Economic and Policy Research Economist David Rosnick

  November 7, 2014

The Financialization of Life (6/6)
Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

  October 31, 2014

The Financialization of Life (5/6)
Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

  October 27, 2014

The Financialization of Life (4/6)
Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

  October 26, 2014

The Financialization of Life (3/6)
Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

  October 24, 2014

Is Financial Fraud Too Complex to Prosecute?
The Department of Justice is using an illegitimate excuse to explain why it has not prosecuted any senior bankers, says Bill Black, former bank regulator and current Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

  October 23, 2014

The Financialization of Life (1/6)
Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

  October 22, 2014

The Financialization of Life (2/6)
Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy

  October 22, 2014

Why Are Stock Markets So Volatile?
A serious depression is pending as a result of austerity, says Professor Michael Hudson, author of The Bubble and Beyond, and Finance Capitalism and Its Discontents

  October 16, 2014

Top 400 US Billionaires' Wealth Equals Brazil's GDP
Rob Johnson comments on the Forbes report that the top 400 billionaires own $2.29 trillion of wealth, up $270 billion over last year

  October 8, 2014

The Lower Unemployment Rate is a Recovery - for the Top 10%
Economist Pavlina Tcherneva of Bard College explains why monetary policy that is directed at finance and not job creation has this effect

  October 4, 2014

After Eric Holder Resigns, A Look at His Record on Bank Prosecutions
Former financial regulator Bill Black says Holder's legacy on "too big to fail" is "too big to jail"

  September 25, 2014

The Federal Reserve Makes "Effort" to Rein in Big Banks
Prof. Gerald Epstein is skeptical about new Fed rules and the appointment of Federal Reserve vice chairman Stanley Fischer to head the Financial Stability Committee

  September 16, 2014

FBI Targets Minority Communities in Mortgage Fraud Investigations
Former bank regulator Bill Black says Attorney General Eric Holder must stop targeting minorities and instead focus on the mortgage fraud of banksters

  September 11, 2014

Ecuador to Adopt Digital Currency
Economist Bill Black says Ecuador's plan is supposed to provide bank services to rural communities through mobile phones

  September 5, 2014

NY Bank's Alleged Redlining Has Roots in Government Practice
Former financial regulator Bill Black discusses the significance of a new lawsuit against Evans Bancorp that alleges the bank would not give loans to black neighborhoods

  September 5, 2014

Sacramento Residents Found Not Guilty of Mortgage Fraud
TRNN regular contributor Bill Black discusses his role in a major legal victory in which lenders were found to have ignored gaping holes and blatant lies in loan applications

  August 26, 2014

Fed Chair Signals Possible Policy Shift on Unemployment
PERI Co-Director Gerald Epstein discusses how Fed chair Janet Yellen's recent comments on bringing unemployment down could be positive but Fed policy still remains toothless in helping out working Americans

  August 25, 2014

Deconstructing Fed Vice Chair's Grim Economic Forecast
PERI co-director Gerald Epstein discusses how Fed vice chair Stanley Fischer has ignored real solutions to improve the economy, like increasing wages

  August 13, 2014

Capitalism Will Hit the Wall Again, Hard - Heiner Flassbeck on RAI (5/5)
Mr. Flassbeck says people must get politically engaged and find an alternative or we will face dictatorship because today's capitalism is out of answers

  August 3, 2014

Racing to a Dead End - Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
Mr. Flassbeck, former head of UNCTAD, says current economic policy is heading back to the 1930s, a race to the bottom, they have no solution at all, we will end up again in trade wars or other wars

  July 29, 2014

IRS Failing to Regulate Dark-Money Political Spending
Prof. Tom Ferguson discusses why IRS fails to investigate political spending by groups such as Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS

  July 25, 2014

Reaganism and Thatcherism were Intellectually Dishonest - Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
Mr. Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, discusses growing up in a US dominated Germany and his opposition to the birth of neoliberal economics

  July 25, 2014

Developing Countries' Commitment to Multilateralism in WTO a Stumbling Block for Lead Firms? - Faizel Ismail (3/3)
An eminent trade negotiator says developed and developing countries need to move away from the global value chains approach to trade to a more sustainable, very different view of production and job creation

  July 23, 2014

The Politics of Going Green
PERI Co-Director Robert Pollin and Prof. Chris Williams discuss the feasibility of shifting to a green economy

  July 23, 2014

Obamacare Subsides on the Line
CEPR's Dean Baker and Media Matters' Jeremy Holden discuss two federal courts decisions which could disqualify lower and middle income earners for subsidies and the forces working to dismantle Obamacare

  July 25, 2014

What Is Shaping Global Production and US & EU Trade Policy? - Faizel Ismail (2/3)
An eminent trade negotiator explains the raison d'etre of the global value chain approach to trade and its rise to prominence in the WTO

  July 23, 2014

What is the Doha Round and How Many Livelihoods Hang in the Balance? - Faizel Ismail (1/3)
An eminent trade negotiator explains the global value chain approach to trade and gives a first hand account of negotiating the WTO Doha Development Agenda

  July 22, 2014

Dodd-Frank Still Not Fully Implemented Four Years Later
Gerald Epstein says that a fully-implemented Dodd-Frank Act does not require a breaking up of the big banks, which is needed to prevent another financial crisis

  July 21, 2014

BRICS: Progressive Rhetoric, Neoliberal Practice
Patrick Bond: All the governments behind the New Development Bank practice intense neoliberalism

  July 18, 2014

Uber: Cheap Ride Alternative or Death Knell for Cabbies?
Longtime taxi driver advocate Nathan Price argues that because Uber is not subject to the same regulations and taxes, its lower prices are destroying the livelihoods of taxi drivers

  July 29, 2014

Who Is the Unsung Hero of the $7 Billion Citigroup Settlement?
Bill Black says that a just settlement would include criminal prosecution of senior Citigroup officials who led the fraud and covered it up

  July 15, 2014

Imagining Economic Policy Focused on Women
Robert Johnson says that policy focused on addressing inequality and the well-being of women would provide direct benefits to the economy

  July 9, 2014

BNP Paribas Fine Shows Financial Crime Still Pays Big-Time
Bill Black: Federal regulators remain the leading opponents of vigorous prosecutions

  July 1, 2014

Why Did Economy Shrink So Dramatically During the First Quarter of 2014?
Robert Pollin: Five years after the Great Recession, austerity as the dominant policy agenda is keeping the recovery weak

  June 26, 2014

Ugly Money Politics - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (8/8)
Mr. Johnson says politicians dependent on campaign contributions from the wealthy are allowing finance to bankrupt Detroit and cities across the country

  June 17, 2014

Has Capitalism Lost the Ability to Reform Itself? - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (7/8)
Capitalism is not rebalancing; the yearnings and desires of large portions of society are not being responded to

  June 16, 2014

A Civilized Critic of Savage Behavior - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)
Mr. Johnson says the compulsive pressure of money in politics has led to an abandonment of rules other than rules which transfer risk onto the back of the public

  June 15, 2014

Why the Worst Get on Top in Economics
Bill Black: History has proved Nobel prize winning economist Friedrich von Hayek, the patron saint of plutocrats and libertarians, profoundly wrong

  June 13, 2014

Heads, Finance Wins, Tails, Society Loses - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
Mr. Johnson says TARP was an abomination; finance controls government and uses it to cover its losses

  June 13, 2014

How We Broke the Bank of England - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)
Mr. Johnson says, "I used to tell my dad, if I'm fortunate enough to see St. Peter and get through the gate, I'm not going to get in because I helped knock off the British pound"

  June 12, 2014

Finance Is Building the Architecture of Their Own Rules - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Johnson says the scale of the political investment of finance - six, seven hundred million dollars - is overwhelming. With the political power of finance, do we still have a democracy?

  June 10, 2014

Reaganomics Was Crazy - Robert Johnson on Reality Asserts Itself (2/8)
Mr. Johnson says the idea that you were going to cut taxes massively and this was going to lead to a growth in revenue and close the deficit was silly

  June 9, 2014

D-Day Set the Stage for the Rebirth and Reorganization of Global Capitalism
Leo Panitch: Planning for the assimilation of postwar Europe into US-managed capitalism began in the late 1930s

  June 5, 2014

Is the U.S. Headed toward Another Recession? - TRNN Webathon Panel
Economists Dean Baker from CEPR and Robert Pollin from PERI say that the U.S. economy remains weak 5 years after the recession despite recent job growth, due to low wages and weakened unions

  June 4, 2014

Confronting Financialization on Steroids - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (8/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas says we must deeply reverse financialization and take on private ownership of banking and other critical sectors

  June 1, 2014

40% of Profits Buys A Lot of Politicians - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas says that during the financial crisis the power of the state was mobilized to save finance

  May 28, 2014

Is Financialization Necessary for a Modern Economy? - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Lapavitsas says modern capitalism requires financialization, but productive growth in the interests of the majority of people does not

  May 27, 2014

The Financialization of Big Business - Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas says that capitalists have learned how to make huge profits without producing anything useful

  May 25, 2014

Saving American Cities
Robert Pollin: If the Fed was serious about strengthening the basic economy, it would bail out American cities

  May 22, 2014

Canadian Securities Regulators Moving Ahead with US-Style No-Contest Settlements
Dimitri Lascaris: Canadian regulators are planning to implement no-contest practices that US judges are criticizing

  May 22, 2014

5 Things You Need to Know about Credit Suisse's Criminal Charge
Tax expert James Henry says the Credit Suisse settlement is not a real victory for citizens looking to hold bankers accountable

  May 20, 2014

Fed Pulls Back Quantitative Easing
Michael Hudson: The Fed's practice of buying mortgage and government bonds has helped big banks profit while leaving homeowners holding more debt

  May 19, 2014

Pfizer Offers To Buy Foreign Corporation In Order To Avoid Paying More Taxes
Steve Wamhoff of Citizens for Tax Justice discusses how Pfizer avoids paying taxes and what can be done to reform corporate tax laws

  May 15, 2014

Piketty: The Market and Private Property Should Be The Slaves of Democracy
TRNN Producer Lynn Fries hosts an extended interview with Thomas Piketty about his widely acclaimed Capital in the 21st Century

  May 15, 2014

Why Democrats Are Paying Attention to Piketty's Book on Inequality
Thomas Ferguson: The increasing popularity of French economist Thomas Piketty's book points to how Democrats hope to make inequality a political issue in November elections

  May 13, 2014

Does a Higher Minimum Wage Cost Jobs?
Bob Pollin and Anthony Davies debate whether a higher minimum wage means less jobs for young people entering the employment market

  May 7, 2014

No Evidence Justice Dept. Will Prosecute U.S. Banks Responsible for Financial Crisis
Bill Black: Although Attorney General Holder says no bank is too big to prosecute, the Justice Department will be going after foreign banks instead of making an example of the leadership behind the financial crash

  May 6, 2014

Big Banks Caught Red Handed but Continue to Avoid Prosecution
Bill Black: Despite a government accountability office investigation uncovering new evidence of illegal robo-signing, authorities still striking deals instead of locking up wrongdoers

  May 2, 2014

Is Thomas Piketty Right About the Causes of Inequality?
Economist Michael Hudson discusses the popularity of French economist Thomas Piketty's recent book and says his work fails to link the financialization of the economy to the ascent of the 1%

  April 28, 2014

New Law Requires Swiss Banks to Report Customers Evading Tax
Bill Black: Swiss banks have notoriously kept customers' finances secret but European Union law will challenge that structure

  April 23, 2014

CBO Report Confirms U.S. Deficit Back to Normal Level
Robert Pollin: Deficit hawks were wrong about America's normal level, Congress should pass a financial transaction tax and not more cuts to social spending

  April 18, 2014

The Savings and Loan Crisis Demonstrates the Importance of Glass-Steagall
Bill Black: When remembering recently passed away Charles Keating,a key architect of the S&L Crisis, we are reminded of the importance of the Glass- Steagall Act of 1933

  April 16, 2014

Raising Big Banks' Leverage Ratio Good, But Not Nearly Enough
Forcing big banks to increase capital on hand will make another taxpayer bailout less likely, but it's still business as usual for Wall Street

  April 11, 2014

IMF Will Address Global Inequality, Says Managing Director Christine Lagarde
Deborah James: Inequality is unlikely to be addressed or achieved through existing IMF policies

  April 11, 2014

Charles Keating, the Financier Behind the Savings and Loan Scandal, Dies at 90
Bill Black: While Wall Street executives responsible for the subprime mortgage crisis were never indicted, Charles Keating was criminally prosecuted for the 1980s Savings and Loan scandal

  April 2, 2014

The European Central Bank's War on Wages is Pushing Europe's Economy to the Brink
Bill Black: The media has failed to report on the causes and possible solutions for Europe's deflating economy

  April 2, 2014

Yellen Talks the Talk But Will She Walk the Walk?
Robert Pollin: Janet Yellen distinguished herself in her first speech but it remains to be seen if she will change the policies of the Federal Reserve

  April 1, 2014

Too-Big-To-Fail Advantage Remains Intact For Big Banks
PERI Economist Gerald Epstein says U.S. banks won't be able to endure another shock to the global economy, and expect to be bailed out when the next crisis hits

  March 26, 2014

How the Ecuadorian Economy Grew in a Global Recession
Economist Bill Black discusses how the investment in education, healthcare, and infrastructure fueled Ecuador's economic "miracle"

  March 24, 2014

Breaking: Fast Food Workers Stage Nationwide Protest Against Wage Theft
A photo slider courtesy of Low Pay is Not OK and MassUniting

  March 18, 2014

Protesters Hit the Streets of Brooklyn to Demand $15 Minimum Wage
Report on living wage activism, produced by Jenna Pope.

  March 17, 2014

Will Tipped Workers Get Excluded Again From Minimum Wage Hike?
Federal tipped workers' $2.13 hour wage hasn't been raised since 1991, but will the Harkin-Miller bill be enough of a raise?

  March 14, 2014

Congressional Progressive Caucus Budget Strikes Back Against Austerity
Robert Pollin: The Congressional Progressive Caucus's budget would increase spending on education, healthcare and the green economy while rolling back cuts against social services

  March 19, 2014

Obama's Budget Cuts Millions From Financial Regulatory Agency
Jerry Epstein: President Obama's budget would slash the Commodity Futures Trade Commission budget to about $200 million, which will make regulating the $400 trillion derivatives market even more challenging

  March 7, 2014

US Postal Service Inspector General Proposes Launching Low-Fee Public Bank
Mike Konczal: A public option for banks will dramatically improve and help regulate the financial services industry.

  March 4, 2014

Swiss Bank That Facilitated U.S. Tax Evasion Continues To Avoid Prosecution
Bill Black: Although Credit Suisse helped ultra-wealthy Americans evade taxes, the bank will face no prosecution due to Swiss bank secrecy laws and a heedless U.S. Justice department

  February 27, 2014

Incremental Raises to Minimum Wage Will Not Increase Unemployment
Robert Pollin: A Recent Congressional Budget Office report claims that up to half a million jobs could be lost due to a minimum wage increase, but its claims are based on weak analysis and ignores the potential gains for workers' standard of living

  February 26, 2014

Wage Shares Fall in the US, Germany and Many Other Countries While Financial Shocks Hit Emerging Economies - Yilmaz Akyuz (2/2)
Economist, Yilmaz Akyuz on US & European crisis mismanagement and global imbalances.

  February 21, 2014

Will $10 Minimum Wage Get All Working Americans Out of Poverty?
The Real News does the math with a single mother, who works for McDonalds, to find out if a potential wage increase will keep up with her cost of living

  February 21, 2014

Why Is The 2008 Crisis Taking So Long To Resolve? - Yilmaz Akyuz (1/2)
Economist Yilmaz Akyuz on how excessive reliance on the US Federal Reserve created more problems than it has solved

  February 19, 2014

Deficit Is Falling Because Of Government Austerity, Not Economic Recovery
Economist Stephanie Kelton says there is no long-term debt or deficit problem in the United States

  March 2, 2014

Speculators Are Buying Up Vacant Properties With Mixed Results For Cities
Bill Black: As private equity and investment firms purchase vacant properties, it's leading to the restoration of homes and a decline in vacancy, but also causing a decline in tax revenue in some cities

  February 15, 2014

Economics of the 1%: Devastating Democracy for the 99% - John Weeks (3/3)
John Weeks: Neo-liberal economics has concentrated tremendous political power in the hands of corporations and the elite and has had serious ramifications for democracy

  February 12, 2014

The Economics of the 1%: Deficit Disorders and Debt Delirium (2/3)
John Weeks: A fundamental misconception of neoliberal economics is that governments need to balance their budgets like a household

  February 12, 2014

Yellen's Tapering of Quantitative Easing Disruptive at Home and Abroad
Janet Yellen's first congressional testimony affirms that the Fed will continue to implement policies harmful to emerging markets, and will not address structural causes of inequality in the US

  February 14, 2014

Argentina & The Emerging Market Crisis
James Henry: Facing a surging public deficit, Argentina has devalued its currency in response to the Fed's tapering of quantitative easing and China's slowed purchasing of imports

  February 28, 2014

Inequality is Declining in Latin American and Sub-Saharan Countries
Policy measures and increased Chinese demand for minerals have respectively led to a narrowing of inequality in Latin America and sub- Saharan Africa, while inequality has risen in the former Soviet countries and Asia

  February 17, 2014

The Economics of the 1%: Neoliberal Lies About Government (1/3)
John Weeks deconstructs a central tenet of neoliberal ideology: vilification of the government's role in the economy

  February 5, 2014

Tapering of Quantitative Easing Is Throwing Emerging Markets into Chaos - And Big Banks Are Getting Richer
Despite no real economic recovery, the Fed is winding down quantitative easing, throwing developing countries' economies into chaos

  February 4, 2014

Danger of Global Recession After 30 Years of Neoliberal Counterrevolution - Flassbeck (3/3)
Heiner Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says the pressure for even lower wages, the crisis in emerging markets and deflation in Europe means a slide into global recession is possible

  February 2, 2014

Finance is Super Rational about Profits, Irrational about Global Economy - Flassbeck (2/3)
Heiner Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says the "market" is good for making high profits from international exchange rates; the only rational solution for a healthy economy is take exchange rates away from the market

  February 2, 2014

North American Day of Action Against The TPP
Maryland Joins Continent-Wide Protests Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Unjust Trade: Journalist and activist Cassidy Regan

  February 1, 2014

Krugman is Wrong About the Market and Hot Money - Flassbeck (1/3)
As "hot money" wreaks havoc around the globe, Heiner Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says economist Paul Krugman continues to have faith in the market to establish exchange rates

  January 31, 2014

Why is the Fed Pushing Interest Rates Higher?
Gerald Epstein: The big banks will benefit from higher interest rates in emerging markets but this does not benefit the US economy.

  January 29, 2014

Emerging Market Financial Crises Raise Concerns About Another Global Recession
Bill Black: A rise in inflation in emerging markets like Argentina is causing a state of panic over the future health of the global economy

  January 28, 2014

European Officials Pushing Austerity in Spain to Boost Corporate Profits By Repressing Unions and Wages
Bill Black: International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank are pushing countries to accept a pro-corporate agenda that entails pushing down workers' wage across Europe

  February 5, 2014

NC Republicans Raise Taxes on Working Families While Giving Huge Tax Breaks to Millionaires and Corporations
Bill Black: NC drops progressive tax code by instituting a flat tax and eliminating earned income tax credit

  January 15, 2014

75 Economists Including 7 Nobel Laureates Endorse Senate Bill to Raise Minimum Wage
$10.10 an hour minimum wage increase shows an improvement but is still not a living wage, which would be twice the poverty rate at $12 an hour

  January 14, 2014

JP Morgan Will Not Be Criminally Prosecuted for Its Role in Madoff's Ponzi Scheme
JP Morgan served as the principal bank for Bernie Madoff, causing losses of $20 billion, yet they will pay only $2.6 billion in settlement charges

  January 7, 2014

Bacon: NAFTA Hurt Workers on Both Sides of the Border
On the 20th anniversary of NAFTA, immigration and labor activist David Bacon says that the trade agreement created Mexican billionaires, kept Mexican workers' wages flat, destroyed US jobs - and revealed the need for worker solidarity across borders

  January 2, 2014

A Look at Who's Poised to Become No.2 at the Fed
Gerald Epstein: Former Bank of Israel Chief Stanley Fischer will likely become the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve, but his record shows consistent catering to Wall Street rather than bringing the country to full employment

  December 23, 2013

Federal Judge Hammers Justice Department for Not Prosecuting Wall Street Executives
Bill Black: Federal judge Jed Rakoff criticized the Justice Department's failure to prosecute Wall Street executives for the financial crash, saying high-level government officials fear that they too may be revealed as bearing some responsibility

  December 23, 2013

Bipartisan Budget Deal Secures Austerity Policies, Fails to Extend Unemployment Benefits
Ryan-Murray bipartisan budget deal would not extend unemployment insurance for 1.3 million Americans, while maintaining $100 billion a year sequestration cuts after 2015

  December 12, 2013

Bill Black: Volcker Rule Approved But "Not Enforceable"
Former financial regulator Bill Black says 863-page Volcker rule will allow banks to continue their risky financial derivative bets by claiming speculation is mere hedging.

  December 11, 2013

Pope Francis Labels Capitalism "New Tyranny", But Is It More Than Rhetoric?
Matthew Fox and Luke Hansen discuss Pope Francis' recent anti-capitalist rhetoric and whether there will be any changes to the church's economic practices

  December 11, 2013

Barbados Faces Debt Crisis as an Offshore Tax Haven
James Henry: Canadian companies use Barbados as a tax haven to reduce their taxes from 24 percent to 2.5 percent, leaving Barbados with revenue shortage

  December 4, 2013

How the Working Class Can Fight Corporate Giants pt2
Leo Panitch: In light of increasing low-wage worker protests, organized labor needs to shift its focus to class unionism, which encourages worker solidarity across industries

  December 3, 2013

How the Defeat of Trade Unionism Gave Rise to Low-Wage Jobs
Leo Panitch: Giant corporations like Wal-Mart actively suppress unionization among workers

  December 3, 2013

Pope Denounces 'A New Tyranny' of Markets, But Will Trade Ministers at Bali?
C. Raghavan on why 99% of people in both developing & advanced economies including the US & EU, need trade ministers of developing countries to rebut the US-EU led agenda at the 9th WTO Ministerial

  December 3, 2013

Economist: Record High Stock Prices Driven by Squeezing Workers' Wages
Gerald Epstein: The media celebrates Dow 16,000, but the vast majority of stocks are owned by the top 1%

  December 2, 2013

Hot Money & Cross Border Finance: The Example of Iceland, Part 2. Post Crash to Present Dilemma
Treacherous future still ahead? A look into why the Icelandic government imposed controls over movement of international funds across its borders & its current negotiations to lift those capital controls

  November 28, 2013

Documents in JPMorgan settlement reveal how every large bank in U.S. has committed mortgage fraud
Bill Black: Justice Dept.'s failure to understand pervasive schemes of fraud in financial industry obstructs meaningful prosecution of banks

  November 26, 2013

How Can Fed Policy Help Main Street?
Bob Pollin: Expected new Fed chair Janet Yellen will continue Bernanke's policies of shoring up Wall Street banks with trillions, but the Fed could help Main Street with different policies.

  November 17, 2013

Wikileaks Exposes the TPP as a Capitulation to Corporate Interests
Kevin Zeese: Obama administration's Fast Track authority plan derailed by bipartisan outrage.

  November 14, 2013

Three Million More in Poverty than Previously Estimated
Census reveals new poverty figures near 50 million.

  November 14, 2013

Fossil Fuel Industry Receives $500 Billion in Subsidies by Governments Worldwide
Taxpayers in richest countries pay $112 to subsidize oil, gas, and coal companies.

  November 11, 2013

First Wall Street Criminal Confession in a Generation...Still No One in Jail
Bill Black: SAC Capital Advisors pleads guilty to insider trading, but owner Steven Cohen has yet to face criminal prosecution.

  November 4, 2013

House Passes Deregulation Bill Written by Citigroup
Bill Black: Both parties support Wall Street's effort to deregulate derivatives

  October 31, 2013

Support for Robin Hood Tax Growing, but Majority of Democrats Not On Board
Robin Hood tax supporters National Nurses United, economist Jeffrey Sachs, and European Parliament VP tell Congress to support "no brainer" tax on Wall Street

  October 31, 2013

Fmr. Goldman Sachs Trader Supports Robin Hood Tax As A Way to Move Away from Financialized Economy
Wally Turbeville: Robin Hood tax will mitigate problems of Wall Street's trading behavior and move us towards creating jobs through manufacturing, innovation, and infrastructure

  October 24, 2013

Adjunct Professors Join National Fight for Better Pay and Benefits
Adjunct professors represent 75% of college instructors. This week, they are organizing events in 25 states.

  October 23, 2013

Justice Department Misrepresents JP Morgan Settlement
The DOJ gives up the ability to prosecute JP Morgan

  October 22, 2013

German Exporters Benefit from European Austerity
Austerity reduces the value of the Euro which helps German exporters

  October 21, 2013

NY Federal Reserve Examiner Fired After Submitting Critical Report of Goldman Sachs - Extended
Superiors told Carmen Segarra to change her report. When she refused, they fired her.

  October 18, 2013

Federal Reserve in Uncharted Territory
Global Economist, Yilmaz Akyuz, on the Crisis of Financial Crisis Management.

  October 17, 2013

NY Federal Reserve Examiner Fired After Submitting Critical Report of Goldman Sachs
Superiors told Carmen Segarra to change her report. When she refused, they fired her.

  October 16, 2013

Economist: There is no debt crisis
The debt crisis is contrived.

  October 15, 2013

Who is Behind TISA? Pt. 2
Deborah James: Transnational financial services interests are lobbying hard for the passage of this agreement and ways to push back on government regulation domestically

  October 7, 2013

Economist: "There's Absolutely Nothing Resembling A Debt Crisis In The US"
Interests payments on US debt are at an historic low.

  October 1, 2013

Trade in Services Agreement Moves Forward, But How Will It Affect Consumers? Pt.1
Deborah James: The proposed trade agreement TISA would prohibit governments from being able to regulate the service industry

  September 25, 2013

Wall Street's Latest Scheme Will Cost You More at the Gas Pump
The EPA allows banks to speculate on ethanol credits which drives up prices 20-fold

  September 24, 2013

Pt. 2 What Needs To Be Done To Fix The Global Economy
Patrick Bond: For a recovery to occur, national governments must assert economy sovereignty

  September 18, 2013

Pt. 1 BRICS Countries Beset By Economic Problems
Patrick Bond: Slow growth and inflation are taking a toll in developing countries

  September 18, 2013

Why didn't OWS transform into a political movement?
Two years later, author & journalist Nathan Schneider takes a look at concrete victories and missteps of the Occupy movement

  September 13, 2013

Five Years After Lehman Brothers Fall, Big Banks Even Larger
In contrast to workers and homeowners, banks fully recover from the financial crisis.

  September 12, 2013

Wall Street Banks Obtain Market Data Ten Minutes Before Everyone Else
A news scandal shows the markets are rigged

  September 12, 2013

Five Years After Lehman Brothers Fall, Big Banks Even Larger Pt. 2
In contrast to workers and homeowners, banks fully recover from the financial crisis.

  September 12, 2013

Unprecedented Inequality: The Top 1 Percent Captured 95% of the Income Gains Since 2009
Salvatore Babones: The economy is growing, but most workers are left behind

  September 11, 2013

The Next Federal Reserve Chair will Decide the Fate of Dodd-Frank
Gerald Epstein: Larry Summers is the chief architect of the financial crisis and should not be chief regulator of the financial system

  September 9, 2013

Why Larry Summers Track Record of Failure Actually Helps His Fed Nomination
Bill Black: Larry Summers theory of finance: banks are too brilliant to fail and regulators are idiots.

  September 5, 2013

G-20 Offers Weak Proposals To Stop Corporate Tax Dodging
James Henry: More action needed to stop corporations from skirting $200-300 billion per year in taxes.

  September 4, 2013

Wall Street Journal Considers Zero Prosecutions of Banks Excessive
The department of Justice claims they are cracking down on bank fraud but they are mostly imposing fines and targeting small fish

  August 29, 2013

Trade & Investment Rules Facilitating What, for Whom?
Vijay Prashad: People who own things have disproportionate economic power in society. We've made it impossible to create economic power for workers.

  August 29, 2013

Trade & Investment Rules Facilitating What, For Whom?
Vijay Prashad: Allowing big firms to enter your country to modernize agriculture is very dangerous because essentially you are losing sovereignty over your food. Part 3 of 4

  August 29, 2013

Wall Street Eager to See Larry Summers Nominated Fed Chair
Summers likely to be next Fed chair not despite failures but because of them

  August 27, 2013

Revealed: Potential Fed Chair Summers At Heart of Global Economic Crisis
Greg Palast: Secret memo reveals Larry Summers involved in deal that helped setup the global economic crisis

  August 26, 2013

North South Trade Negotiations: The relationship between trade rules and the operations of multinational corporations
Vijay Prashad: Trade rules should be about closing the gap between current wants and the ability of the planet to sustain or fulfill those wants not about increasing volumes of new wants. This is an ecological nightmare. Part 2 of 4

  August 26, 2013

How is Privatization Failing America?
Paul Bucheitt: From healthcare to education, research shows an increase in privatization leaves the public with the losses and corporations with the gains

  August 20, 2013

FBI Partners with Banks and Blames Mortgage Fraud on Poor Borrowers
Instead of prosecuting banks for mortgage fraud, the Department of Justice is working with them.

  August 20, 2013

The Government is Finally Arresting Wall Street Bankers...For Losing Wall Street's Money
The Dept. of Justice will let JP Morgan's London Whale off the hook while prosecuting low-level traders.

  August 14, 2013

The US Has Lowest Minimum Wage and Most Young People Without Jobs Among Wealthiest Countries
Over 100 economists sign petition to raise the minimum wage

  August 13, 2013

Instead of Recovery British Economy Shows Signs of Stagnation
John Weeks: "British Press tries to vindicate austerity and budget cuts as "signs of economic recovery."

  August 11, 2013

TRNN REPLAY: Australia Has $16 Minimum Wage and is the Only Rich Country to Dodge the Global Recession
Australia has twice the minimum wage as the US and Big Macs cost roughly the same

  August 9, 2013

Bank of America Escapes Criminal Charges for Securities Fraud
Bill Black: Bank of America facing civil charges but BOA and other major financial fraudsters off the hook from criminal charges

  August 8, 2013

Company Responsible for Deadly Oil Train Crash Says It Won't Pay, TransCanada Pushes Pipeline Deal
Yves Engler: Tragedy in Canadian town turns into an opportunity for some to argue that pipeline transport is safer, when the real argument should be against an oil-driven economy

  August 1, 2013

Michigan Leads Nation in Massive Corporate Tax Breaks (The Untold Story of Detroit's Decline)
A new study of state subsidies for corporations over a 30-year period reveals cost of $456,000 per job

  July 31, 2013

Why the Right Should Support the Return of Glass-Steagall
Bill Black: Glass-Steagall prevented a classic conflict of interest that any side of the aisle can blatantly see

  July 17, 2013

Revealed: Banks Rewarded and Blacklisted Appraisers to Artificially Inflate Real Estate Prices
Thousands of appraisers warned Washington regulators of fraud during the seven years leading up to the housing crash

  July 11, 2013

Low-Income New Yorkers Pay Higher Rent - Billionaires Receive Massive Tax Break for Luxury Condos
Two decisions by the NY State Legislature and Rent Guidelines Board will deepen gentrification in NYC

  July 10, 2013

Mismeasuring Our Economy: Why the GDP is Not Useful
The GDP is the most commonly cited economic metric but it doesn't tell us what we need to know

  July 8, 2013

Caught On Tape: Irish Bankers Laugh About Never Repaying Bailout
Bill Black: Tapes reveal Anglo Irish Bank executives laughed as they manipulated Irish Government into 16 billion dollar bailout the knew they would never repay

  July 3, 2013

GAO Finds US Companies Only Pay One-Third of Corporate Tax Rate
CEOs claim the US has the world's highest corporate tax rate, but they actually pay less than most workers

  July 2, 2013

Former Top Regulators Tell Congress to Rein in Big Banks
Three former financial regulators testify to the House Financial Services Committee in support of reinstating Glass-Steagall legislation and addressing Too Big to Fail Banks.

  June 27, 2013

The Paradox of the Creditor Debtor Relationship - Germany the Debtor Nation
Dr. Heiner Flassbeck: The debtor has to come back to a situation where they are able to earn money

  June 26, 2013

The Paradox of the Creditor Debtor Relationship - Germany the Creditor Nation
Dr. Heiner Flassbeck: Germany is asking debtor countries to repay their debts but at the same time preventing them from doing it

  June 30, 2013

Fewer Adults Are Working Than Anytime Since 2001
Unemployment is falling, but the fastest growing job markets offer low pay

  June 24, 2013

Ex-Employees Say Bank of America Rewarded Fraudulent Foreclosures
Bill Black: Bank of America and other financial giants undeterred by Obama Admins weak oversight and enforcement of industry

  June 20, 2013

Wall Street Getting Rich At Expense of Farmers and the Poor
More protections needed to safeguard the health of the global food and farming system

  June 18, 2013

Obama Fails to Reappoint Serious Regulator to CFTC
Bob Pollin: If President Obama was serious about regulation and closing the income gap, he would have reappointed Gary Gensler.

  June 17, 2013

Bank Profits Soar, Wages Suffer Sharpest Decline in 60 Years
Bill Black: The economy is recovering - unless you work for a paycheck.

  June 6, 2013

Investing in Schools Creates More Than Twice as Many Jobs as Military Spending
Bob Pollin: Education spending is the best job creator - so why are local and state governments firing teachers and closing schools?

  June 6, 2013

Why Aren't the 50% Living in Poverty Protesting in the Streets?
Paul Buchheit PT2: Poor Americans are angry but so far don't think there is much they can do about their situation except find some individual solution

  June 3, 2013

50% of Americans Live in Poverty
Paul Buchheit: Based on assets and income, number of people in poverty closer to 50% rather than official stat of 15%

  June 3, 2013

$6 Billion Money Laundering On-line Business Operated with Impunity
Bill Black: Operation involving drug money carried on for almost a decade before being charged; much bigger crimes on Wall St. go unpunished

  May 29, 2013

Actual US Poverty Twice Official Figure
Jeannette Wicks-Lim: According to official figures 15 percent of Americans live in poverty, real numbers are over 33 percent of Americans cannot meet basic needs

  May 28, 2013

Deficit is Dropping but is there a Real Recovery?
Bill Black: With surge in stock market, the wealthier are paying more taxes but working class wages are not rising and unemployment remains high, so this does not mean a sustained recovery of the real economy is underway

  May 22, 2013

Apple Achieves Holy Grail of Tax Avoidance
Bill Black: Senate questions CEO Tim Cook how company earned $30 billion in 'international' profits while paying zero taxes

  May 22, 2013

Does Austerity Increase Inflation?
Stephanie Seguino: By weakening the social safety net austerity policies actually increases the cost of production

  May 22, 2013

JP Morgan/Chase Shareholders Meeting to Vote on Demoting Chairman Jamie Dimon
Jennifer Taub: Fight over resolution making CEO Dimon give up board chairman's job shows what an oxymoron "shareholder democracy" is; concentration of power is extreme in the worlds biggest bank

  May 20, 2013

Banks Win Big as Regulators Refuse to Rein in $700 Trillion Derivatives Market
Bill Black: Weakness of financial regulators shows you can not "tame the scorpion"

  May 17, 2013

Obama says Economy Poised for Progress - Is It?
Bill Black: Pres. Obama cannot expect growth in the economy when he continues the policies of austerity

  May 10, 2013

Taxing Corporate Profits will Force Investment
Heiner Flassbeck: Corporations are sitting on mountains of cash and are unwilling to invest in the real economy - only high taxes on profit will make them do so

  May 6, 2013

Systemic Malfunctioning of the Labor and Financial Markets
Dr. Heiner Flassbeck: Government has to step in and correct the imbalances of low wages and unregulated financial markets or a deeper recession and crisis is inevitable

  May 6, 2013

Apres Moi, Le Deluge - Make Money Now To Hell With Tomorrow
Dr. Heiner Flassbeck: We're in worse shape now than in 2008 because at least then there was hope governments would face up to the situation

  May 6, 2013

Pollin Responds to Reinhart and Rogoff; Cuts Deepen and Stock Market Soars
Bob Pollin: NYT Op-ed defending study repeats errors; theoretical basis for austerity has been exposed yet massive cuts in public spending continue

  May 6, 2013

Guantanamo Hunger Strike Forces Debate About Detention
Michael Ratner: Just when it seemed the illegal detention of prisoners at Guantanamo was off the radar, hunger strikers took control of their own destiny

  May 2, 2013

The War on Wages and The Road to Bangladesh
Bill Black: In the name of competitiveness, the criminal conditions that led to the deaths and injuries of thousands of workers in Bangladesh, are being created around the world in a race to lower wages and working conditions

  May 1, 2013

US Lets Swiss Banks, Accused of Aiding Tax Fraud, Avoid Prosecution with Fines
James Henry: Swiss banks are negotiating fines to avoid prosecution, while billions of dollars continue to be hidden away from taxes

  April 24, 2013

Recession and Austerity Good for the Rich
James Henry: The top 7 percent of households, about 8 million people, have seen their net worth increase to a mean of about $3.2 million in the last three years

  April 24, 2013

Does Public Debt Restrict Growth?
Joseph Minarik and Bob Pollin debate recent PERI report that debunked economic theory that supported austerity policies

  April 23, 2013

Study Debunking Austerity Research Sparks Wide Reaction
Bob Pollin (Co-Author of Does High Public Debt Consistently Stifle Economic Growth? A Critique of Reinhart and Rogoff): Deficit Hawks still defend conclusions of a study that contained spreadsheet errors and weighted selected countries in an inappropriate way; led to incorrect theory about public debt and growth

  April 22, 2013

Senate Immigration Bill: More Militarization of the Border, No Real Path to Citizenship
Isabel Garcia: New legislation will increase deportations, beef up police while worker status will help provide cheap labor for businesses but make citizenship almost impossible to attain

  April 18, 2013

People of the South to the North: Will You Face Up to Climate Catastrophe?
Martin Khor (Executive Director of the South Centre): Advanced countries of the North must cut emmisions in ratio to the amount they have polluted and facilitate transfer of green technology to the South or humanity will face calamity

  April 18, 2013

28-year old PhD student debunks the most influential austerity study
New study refutes Reinhart and Rogoff analysis that underpins austerity policy around the world; shows no relation between debt and lack of growth

  April 17, 2013

Video Game and Tax Day Actions Target Corporate "Tax Evaders"
Nicole Tichon and Gan Golan: By projecting a Tax Evader video game on the side of banks and big corporate buildings, actions aim to focus public attention on banks and big companies that pay low to no taxes

  April 15, 2013

Big Commodity Traders Pocketed $250 Billion Profit
Gerald Epstein: New FT investigation says big commodity traders earned more profit than banks or auto

  April 15, 2013

Obama Social Security Reform Ignores Data on Actual Living Standards of Seniors
Teressa Ghilarducci: The "chained" CPI ignores research that shows senior's costs are going up as they get older and women are most affected

  April 11, 2013

401(k) and the Financialization of Retirement
Teresa Ghilarducci: The whole 401K structure has a fatal flaw and older workers are going into retirement with not enough money to maintain their living standards

  April 11, 2013

52% of Americans Favor Legalization of Marijuana
Neill Franklin: While 45 percent of Americans oppose legal marijuana, 70 percent think enforcing federal drug laws is a waste of money

  April 28, 2013

Obama's "Cat Food" Social Security Reform
Michael Hudson: Obama's "bargain" on social security reform will push more retirees into poverty in exchange for a minor increase in high end income tax - a class that receives most revenue from capital gains

  April 10, 2013

Obama Budget Plans on Replacing USDA Poultry Inspectors with Industry Self Regulation
Tony Corbo: Plan will put our food supply at risk in a move that will increase profits of poultry producers and save only 90 million dollars over three years

  April 10, 2013

Obama Sends Lew to Europe Preaching Growth While Practicing Austerity at Home
Bill Black: Treasury Secretary Lew tells Europe to ease up on austerity while Obama makes major cuts at home

  April 10, 2013

Under Thatcher, the Poor Became Poorer
John Weeks: Thatcher and Reagan set out to crush the union movement and assert the power of capital

  April 8, 2013

The Grand Betrayal has Arrived
Bill Black: President Obama's bargain with Republicans opens the door to Wall St.'s dream - the privatization of Social Security

  April 8, 2013

Thatcher Gave More Power to Finance
Michael Hudson: Thatcher deregulated banking and made London the center of speculation and financialization

  April 8, 2013

Full Transparency Needed to Close Down Tax Havens and Massive Fraud
James Henry: Global tax revenue lost to tax havens is between USD $190 billion and $255 billion per year, assuming a 3% capital gains rate and a 30% capital gains tax rate

  April 14, 2013

Obama Fully Embraces Austerity with Cuts to Social Security and Medicare
Bob Pollin: Costs of Social Security and Medicare have nothing to do with rise in fiscal deficit

  April 8, 2013

Investigation Reveals Trillions Hidden in Tax Havens
Bill Black: An international collaboration of investigative journalists has released the names of wealthy individuals stashing as much as three times the American GDP in tax havens

  April 4, 2013

TRNN REPLAY: Investigation Reveals Trillions Hidden in Tax Havens
Bill Black: An international collaboration of investigative journalists has released the names of wealthy individuals stashing as much as three times the American GDP in tax havens

  April 4, 2013

High Unemployment Due to Lack of Demand, Not Lack of Skills or Education
Jesse Rothstein: Low wages and lack of purchasing power the real structural problem, skills training and more education is not the critical solution

  April 3, 2013

Sen. Warren and End of the Minimum Wage Debate
Jeannette Wicks-Lim: Research shows that a rise in the minimum wage does not cause job loss; Sen. Elizabeth Warren questions food industry reps who claim it does

  April 1, 2013

Recession Good for Profits
Gerald Epstein: Low wages and interest rates create rocketing profits and stock markets

  April 1, 2013

Everyone but China TPP Trade Deal Threatens Sovereignty and Public Ownership
Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese: Obama led trade initiative Trans Pacific Partnership aims to isolate China while strengthening corporate legal rights

  March 29, 2013

Gender Wage Gap is Shrinking - Male Wages are Going Down
Bill Black: Male workers wages are going down which makes gap appear smaller; in higher incomes levels gap is getting wider

  March 28, 2013

New SEC Head Once Acted for Wall St Wonder Boy Dimon
Dimitri Lascaris: New director of SEC was a Wall St. defense attorney who will now regulate former clients

  March 28, 2013

Youth Will Pay the Price of Austerity
Pt2. Stephanie Seguino: Elites profit from "smaller" government while youth unemployment soars

  March 27, 2013

Stagnant Wages and Speculation Triggered the Crisis
Pt1. Stephanie Seguino: Blacks, Hispanics, and single mothers have much greater loss of income since crisis, triggered by income inequality in the first place

  March 27, 2013

No Doomsday but Ontario Takes Out the Knives
Jim Stanford: Ontario slashes with austerity regime even though predicted massive deficit has not developed

  March 26, 2013

Canadian Budget "Austerity on Autopilot"
Jim Stanford: In spite of data showing the Canadian economy is slowing down, the new Federal Budget pushes cuts and a balanced budget which will make recession worse - true under-utilization of labor is 12 percent

  March 26, 2013

Cyprus Crisis Reveals Shadowy World of Tax and Money Laundering Haven
James Henry: Bailout deal includes capital controls and punishing big Russian depositors to pay off European banks -- leaves Cyprus looking for a "new way to make a living"

  March 25, 2013

Galbraith and Panitch: What Would Real Economic Reform Look Like?
In Pt.3 James K. Galbraith and Leo Panitch imagine what a genuinely reform minded US government might do about the economy

  March 25, 2013

Putting Water Back in Public Hands
Nick Buxton: Paris and other cities have remunicipalised water that had been privatized saving users money and introducing more democracy and transparency

  March 21, 2013

Privatizing Europe
Nick Buxton: A massive European fire sale is one way finance is using the crisis to entrench neo-liberalism

  March 21, 2013

From London to New York to Cyprus, Fraud and Financial "Insanity"
Bill Black: Standard Chartered admits to fraud, no one fired or prosecuted; Cypriot people force government to give up on taxing smaller depositors

  March 21, 2013

Cyprus Should Let the Banks Go Bankrupt
Costas Lapavitsas: Cyprus should let the private banks fail and create a public bank that focuses on strengthening the real economy

  March 21, 2013

Gailbraith and Panitch: Is a New "New Deal' Possible? Pt.2
James K. Gailbraith and Leo Panitch discuss the 80th anniversary of the election of FDR and the significance of the New Deal

  March 21, 2013

Cyprus: "You Don't Trigger a Bank Run to Fix a Financial Crisis"
Gerald Epstein: EU tries to force Cyprus to tax bank deposits to pay for bailout

  March 18, 2013

Mutual Interest Hidden Beneath Apple and Samsung Legal Struggle
Both companies benefit from turning patents into a bulwark against innovation, the general public pays the price when two corporations divide the market between them

  March 17, 2013

Forbes Billionaires List Growing
James Henry: US still leads as many new billionaires emerging in China and Russia; corporate profits at record levels - as austerity hits and unemployment remains high

  March 17, 2013

Will a Grand Bargain or Betrayal be Obama's Legacy
Bill Black: Slate magazine says that President Obama wants a Grand Bargain on budget cuts he can call his legacy - but it will be a Grand Betrayal that makes the recession worse

  March 14, 2013

"Everyone But China" Agreement Prevents Regulation of Hot Money and Speculation
Kevin Gallagher: Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens national sovereignty, extends corporate rights, and targets China

  March 18, 2013

Solution to Student Debt is to Get the Banks Out of the Education Business
Michael Hudson: Crippling student debt, which is also a drag on the whole ecnonomy, developed as governments pushed the burden of higher education costs onto students and pushed them into the arms of the banks

  March 14, 2013

Public Banking Needed to Stop "Cannibalization" of the Economy
Michael Hudson: As long as finance is left in private hands, you're going to have austerity and America ending up looking like Greece and Ireland

  March 14, 2013

TRNN REPLAY: Government Debt and Deficits Are Not the Problem - Private Debt Is
Michael Hudson: Why do they call for governments to balance the budget by pushing the economy at large deeper into debt, while trying to save the banks from taking a loss

  March 14, 2013

Undoing the New Deal
PT2 On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Roosevelt's election and the introduction of the New Deal, Jennifer Taub and John Weeks discuss the post-war period and how successive administrations dismantled it

  March 10, 2013

Who Benefits from Austerity?
Bob Pollin fields the question: are the very rich hunkering down for a long recession and to protect their assets, are more concerned about debt than high unemployment

  March 10, 2013

Sequestration - Fourth Austerity Shoe Drops
Bill Black: Both parties have conspired to bring us a disaster; Obama's sequestration plan gives cuts without blame

  March 4, 2013

Higher Wages Will End Recession
Dr. Heiner Flassbeck: Targeting low inflation will deepen crisis; government must pass laws and intervene to facilitate a general rise in wages

  March 3, 2013

Obama and GOP Shared Austerity Vision Will Deepen Recession
Dr. Heiner Flassbeck: The massive sequester cuts to government spending are a disaster - what's needed is a wage led recovery

  March 1, 2013

Sequestration Budget Cuts Will Deepen Recession - Both Parties Reject Stimulus
James Heintz: President Obama and GOP focus on budget cutting instead of creating more employment

  February 25, 2013

Clinton"s Policy of Not Prosecuting Bank Fraud Continues
Bill Black: Clinton admin. thought that prosecuting big bank fraud wasn't worth the governments time and could destabilize banking system - Obama continues the policy today

  February 21, 2013

Will a Higher Minimum Wage Cost Jobs?
Bob Pollin on the theory that a higher minimum wage will reduce jobs available to young people entering the work force and won't reduce poverty

  February 19, 2013

Obama Supports Clean and Dirty Energy
Bob Pollin: President Obama can’t possibly meet carbon emission targets he set and still support increased oil, natural gas and coal production

  February 19, 2013

More Criticism in Internal IMF Report
Ilene Grabel: Internal report critiques IMF methods and analysis as IMF relationship with developing world changes

  February 14, 2013

IMF Accused of Double Standard on China's Currency Moves
Ilene Grabel: An IMF internal report says it's been unfairly critiquing China and other Asian countries currency manipulations while ignoring similar practices by Western countries

  February 25, 2013

More Geithner Without Geithner
Bill Black: Jacob Lew confirmation hearing for Secretary of the Treasuery shows he was picked as a signal that the Geithner policies would survive Geithner, and that they're actually the president's policies

  February 14, 2013

How Stanley Fischer Advanced Neo-Liberalism in Israel
Shir Hever: Fischer steps down as head of Israel's central bank, known for pushing economic "reforms" that led to greater inequality; before this working for IMF, he helped develop privatization in Russia

  February 20, 2013

SOTU: Obama Opens Door to Grand Betrayal
Bill Black: President Obama offered up "reform" of medicare and social security, that is cuts at a time of deep recession

  February 12, 2013

LIBOR Scandal More Than Fraud - Whole Game is Rigged
Costas Lapavitsas: From multimillion dollar losses by cities like Baltimore to pension fund losses and much more, the LIBOR interest rate scandal shows that such mechanisms must be taken out of the hands of banks and be run in public interest

  February 12, 2013

Judge Rules Against a Bank - Precedent Could Cost Bank of America Billions
Bill Black: Judge rules that Flagstar, a big mortgage lender that gave "liars loans", is liable to insurance company - same issues at stake in Bank of America case

  February 11, 2013

International Trade Panel Undermines National Systems of the Rule of Law
Chakravarthi Raghavan: The International Convention on Settlement on Investment Disputes has become a mechanism that reinforces multinational corporate property rights over a countries ability to create public policy in its people interest

  February 7, 2013

US Economy "Stuck in the Mud"
Robert Pollin: Last quarter of 2012 had zero growth, wages were lower, unemployment higher as stock market hit record highs

  January 6, 2013

Creative Finance: Leaving Felons in Charge of the Banks
Bill Black: Obama Administration following logic that to not investigate and prosecute banking fraud builds trust in the institutions

  January 31, 2013

US Economy Contracts - More Cuts Will Mean Even Less Growth
John Weeks: The idea that smaller government leads to more private sector investment is a fairy tale

  January 31, 2013

The Financialization of Food
Sasha Breger Bush: In the name of democratizing finance, derivative exchanges are achieving the opposite

  January 31, 2013

Financial Regulation and Cost Benefit Analysis for Whom?
Gerald Eptsein: Bloomberg News calls for a cost benefit analysis of financial regulations, but the question is, cost benefit for whom?

  January 5, 2013

Lack of Criminal Prosecutions Linked to Obama and Holder's Wall St. Connections
Dimitri Lascaris: Department of Justice under George Bush secured convictions of major figures from the business community in complex financial frauds and Obama and Holder have not done so following the worst epidemic of financial fraud in the modern era

  January 30, 2013

Obama Admin. Fails to Prosecute Banking Fraud to 'Save the System'
James S. Henry commenting on PBS documentary "The Untouchables": If one of these institutions was indicted and made an example of, it would have a profound affect on the whole industry - but Obama raises money on Wall St.

  January 29, 2013

Davos Still Pushes Failed Global Vision
Bill Black reports from Davos that the Global Competitiveness Report pushes countries towards even more deregulation - policies that helped trigger the crisis

  January 25, 2013

The Bottom Line: Regulation
Econ4: Rules are as important in an economy as they are in sports

  January 23, 2013

Stewart vs Krugman and the Religion of Austerity
Bill Black: Obama has options, including the trillion dollar coin, to refuse to negotiate under the gun but he's taken them off the table; both sides subscribe to the dogma of austerity

  January 18, 2013

What are the German Bankers Thinking?
Michael Ash: German bankers can be ruthless bill collectors, wild speculators, social planners and austerity hawks but they seem to ignore the damage they are doing to Europe

  January 18, 2013

Is Effective Financial Regulation Possible?
Gerald Epstein: Powerful lobbying by finance sector keeps turning regulations into Swiss cheese; there is an alternative if people fight for it

  January 16, 2013

Krugman and Obama’s Dangerous Austerity Myths
Bill Black: Obama nominates a Wall St. loyalist to help negotiate the "Grand Betrayal"

  January 13, 2013

Massive Cuts to Postal Service a Step Towards Privatization?
Plan to restructure post office a big real estate play and boon to private courier companies

  January 9, 2013

Banks' $8.5 Billion Mortgage Settlement a Mild Slap on the Wrist
James Heintz: Settlement is a drop in the bucket compared to $6.9 trillion of lost household wealth

  January 8, 2013

American Dynasties Perpetuated by "Cliff" Estate Tax Deal
James S. Henry: Obama's deal with GOP on estate tax ensures very rich families will continue to amass historic levels of wealth and power

  January 4, 2013

Rich Should Be Happy with Cliff Deal
Gerald Epstein: President Obama did not have to make this deal, it's a debacle being called a win

  January 3, 2013

Cliff Deal a "Moderate" Betrayal
Bill Black: Compromise on tax hikes on rich and allowing payroll taxes to rise sets the ground for a "grand betrayal" yet to come

  January 3, 2013

Fiscal Cliff: Going Nuclear and the Grand Betrayal
Bill Black: GOP threatens to use debt ceiling as leverage, creates conditions for more austerity measures by Obama

  December 28, 2012

Will Obama Offer Massive Corporate Tax Cuts to Make "Fiscal Cliff" Deal?
James S. Henry: Territorial tax being considered that would make offshore revenue tax free

  December 31, 2012

Wal-Mart Targeted Over Corruption and Labor Practices
Global investigations, protests and strikes highlight need for change at world's biggest private employer

  December 24, 2012

Neoliberalizing Nature and Privatizing the Air
Patrick Bond: In 2013 bankers will increase their efforts to make money out of the climate crisis and put a dollar value on everything

  January 7, 2013

Black: Too Big to Prosecute and It's Obama's Fiscal Cliff
Bill Black: Criminal money laundering goes unpunished and Fiscal Cliff was created by Obama

  December 23, 2012

Economic Outlook for 2013
Bob Pollin: With austerity policies in Europe and the USA and slow down in China and India, 2013 needs innovative policies or more recession is likely

  January 2, 2013

A Grimmer State of the States
Bob Pollin: New study shows states are paying more for medicaid as workers lose jobs with insurance; no help in sight from federal government

  December 17, 2012

The Fed Targets Unemployment With More Money for Banks
Robert Pollin: The Fed breaks ground with unemployment target but pushing more money into banks without requiring more lending won't solve the problem

  December 28, 2012

Fiscal Cliff "Crisis" Manufactured to Prey on the Weak
Rob Johnson: Real crisis is the cost of health care which has nothing to do with Medicare or Medicaid

  December 13, 2012

Austerity Italian Style
Bill Black: Youth unemployment in Italy reaches 40% as European big banks insist on more austerity

  December 10, 2012

State Subsidies to Attract Corporate Investment Should be Banned
Gerald Epstein: The money thrown at corporations by states to invite investment is a boondoggle that should be ended by federal law

  December 9, 2012

Why Can Corporate Interests Trump Sovereign Rights?
Chakravarthi Raghavan Pt2: International trade agreements have given corporations the rights colonial powers used to wield

  December 5, 2012

Congress Go Home - The "Fiscal Cliff" is a Scam Pt.4
James Galbraith: There is no emergency, the best thing for Congress to do is go home and let the new Congress deal with issues next year

  December 4, 2012

Will Taxing the Rich Deepen the Recession? - The "Fiscal Cliff" is a Scam
James Galbraith: Long term higher taxes on rich will have little affect on economy; higher taxes for ordinary people could deepen recession over time but there is no emergency

  November 29, 2012

A Looming Crisis in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid? The "Fiscal Cliff" is a Scam Pt2
James Galbraith: It's been known since the 1950's that there would be more demands on social security; If there was political will health care costs could be controlled, it's not a problem of Medicare

  December 2, 2012

Why the Fiscal Cliff is a Scam
James K. Galbraith: Is there a looming crisis of debt or deficits such that sacrifices in general are necessary?

  November 30, 2012

Wilkerson: Senate Pushes Obama Towards War and Susan Rice a Bad Choice
Larry Wilkerson: The Senate passed a good amendment to NDAA but a terrible resolution on Iran; Susan Rice should be opposed on policy issues, not GOP rhetoric

  December 6, 2012

Who's Getting Pushed Off the "Fiscal Cliff"?
Progressive Democrats lobby against a "Grand Bargain" that will further unravel the social safety net

  November 28, 2012

Canada and Israel - The Ugly Canadian
Yves Engler: PM Harper has moved Canada to become the closest ally of the Israeli hard right

  November 26, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Debate: Austerity One Way or Austerity Another Way
Bill Black's Financial and Fraud Report on the current choices offered by President Obama and Congress

  November 29, 2012

Most New Jobs Don't Require College Education
Jeannette Wicks-Lim: The possibility of educating one's way out of poverty is getting dim as most new jobs only require a high school education

  November 29, 2012

Africa Lost 1.6 Trillion in Capital Flight and Odious Debt Over Forty Years
Léonce Ndikumana: $619 billion of embezzled capital flight from North Africa with connivance of big banks according to new research

  November 25, 2012

Incomes Earned on Assets Rising while Labor Income is Falling
Yilmaz Akyz: The crisis is not big enough for a fundamental change in economies like the United States; if we don't do the right things, we're bound to have bigger crises

  December 17, 2012

Is the Global Economy on the Verge of Another Meltdown?
YILMAZ AKYZ: From the US to Europe, from China to Brazil, the indications are that if current policies don't change, another major recession is likely

  November 19, 2012

Chinese Market Won't Save Global Capitalism
Yilmaz Akyz Pt2: China's export model not sustainable; domestic consumer demand too weak to make serious difference to lack of demand in developed economies

  December 13, 2012

Bubble in Developing World Won't Substitute for Domestic Demand
Yilmaz Akyz: There needs to be a write-off of household debt to spur a real recovery

  December 12, 2012

Black Report: Craziness on Three Continents
Bill Black: Banks try to start a run on the banks in Ecuador

  November 19, 2012

Fiscal Cliff An Artificial Crisis
Michael Hudson: Fiscal cliff was manufactured to shift more of the burden of the crisis onto ordinary people

  November 25, 2012

Is the "Fiscal Cliff" a Fiction?
John Weeks: The fiscal cliff has simply been created by Congress in order to push austerity which is no solution during a recession

  November 14, 2012

Drums Beating to Privatize Social Security
Bill Black: A group of Democrats called "The Third Way" are working with President Obama towards the "grand betrayal" on social security

  November 11, 2012

The Bottom Line - Housing
How out-of-control finance led to the housing crisis (and what to do about it).

  December 7, 2012

Austerity and Low Wages will Lead to Years of Recession
Engelbert Stockhammer: Europe has shown that cuts in public spending and lowering wages leads to deep stagnation

  November 6, 2012

Does jobs growth come from higher profits or wages?
Özlem Onaran: Research shows that a decrease in wages leads to lower demand and a decrease in economic growth, while higher profits lead to very little increased investment if demand is low

  November 2, 2012

Greek Parliament Approves Contentious Law to Expand Privatization
Dimitri Lascaris: New budget makes it clear Greece will never pay off its debts, real aim of austerity is to break unions and privatize public assets

  November 1, 2012

Econ4 Discusses Jobs and Job Creation
The Bottom Line series promotes economics that is both more empirical and more oriented towards sustainability and fairness

  October 30, 2012

Black Financial and Fraud Report
Bill Black: Government Sues Bank of America but No Criminal Prosecutions

  October 26, 2012

New Robin Hood Tax Introduced In Congress
A half-percent tax on all financial transactions makes it to Congress

  October 22, 2012

Black Financial and Fraud Report
Bill Black: Romney's Secret Plan; the 1% Now Have More Wealth than the bottom 90%

  October 19, 2012

Fueling the Food Crisis
Tim A. Wise: Bio-fuels are driving up the price of food everywhere and costing developing countries billions

  October 4, 2012

Black Financial and Fraud Report
Bill Black: Obama susceptible to attack by Romney because he failed to deal with systemic risk to financial system - even though Romney would be worse

  October 4, 2012

Court Strikes Down CFTC Regulation to Limit Excessive Speculation
Michael Greenberger: Legal and lobbying assault by finance sector blocks regulation of excessive speculation, will lead to higher prices for food and other commodities

  October 16, 2012

Are Big Banks Too Big to Regulate?
Pt 2, Michael Greenberger: If somebody understood the economic issues and explained them to the American people, you could easily be elected president by saying you're going to put an end to the Wall Street hijinks

  October 3, 2012

UNCTAD: High Frequency Trading and Speculation Leads to Higher Prices
Nicolas Maystre: Study shows relationship between food price volatility and high frequency trading

  November 1, 2012

Black Financial and Fraud Report
London and Wall St. in a dangerous competition to create a more unregulated environment for finance

  September 28, 2012

Shadow Banking and Conventional Banking Depend on Government Support
Jennifer Taub - Part 2: I think we need to look at the banking system and say: if our government is providing support, either through the FDIC or through the Fed, which when it engages in printing money obviously affects the economy and the value of goods and services, if a bank has that, they obviously are—this is a government banking system.

  September 24, 2012

Shadow Banking Still an Unregulated Threat
Jennifer Taub: Before the crisis, the top five financial institutions had assets equivalent to 50 percent of GDP. Now let's fast-forward to 2011, three years after the crisis, if you look at the top five institutions that survived, and their assets are equal to 58 percent of GDP

  September 24, 2012

Financialization and the World Economy
Gerry Epstein: Financialization of the economy has been developing since the late 19th century and is now at historic Levels

  September 24, 2012

Will the Russian Left Respond to Deepening Economic Crisis?
Aleksandr Buzgalin: The Russian left shows signs of growth in spite of being shut out of mass media

  October 3, 2012

The labor market is not self-regulating; governments must support worker's fight for higher wages
Pt 2. Heiner Flassbeck [Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development]: Governments must  intervene with policy that pushes wages up in line with productivity or global recession will deepen

  September 23, 2012

Low wages and high unemployment are paralyzing the global economy
Heiner Flassbeck [Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development]: The drive to be more "competitive" is pushing the world economy into deep recession; the best that quantitative easing can do is create another bubble

  October 14, 2012

The Black Financial and Fraud Report
Bill Black: Top Justice official tells Wall St. how to avoid prosecution

  September 20, 2012

QE3 Another Fed Give Away to the Banks
Michael Hudson: Shoveling money to the banks not meant to create jobs, it’s a way to give banks even more speculative capital and prepare them for another meltdown

  September 23, 2012

Quadrillion Dollar Derivatives Market 20 Times Global GDP
Markus Stanley: Derivative bets not a zero sum game, have far reaching real world consequences

  September 13, 2012

PT2 The Fed and the Crisis
Second part of Jane D’Arista commentary on the role of the US Federal Reserve in managing the crisis of global capitalism

  September 12, 2012

The Crisis and Who Has Power
Leo Panitch and Sam GIndin PT2: Major structural change or effective short term reforms requires addressing democratic decision making starting with making banks a public utility

  September 12, 2012

Obama's Policies Won't Create Jobs, but Romney Will be a Disaster
Bob Pollin: The export-led recovery does not take into account a deepening world recession

  September 7, 2012

Does Obama Economic Policy "Just Need More Time"?
Jerry Epstein: The basic policies must change or recession and high unemployment will continue

  September 7, 2012

Race to the Regulatory Bottom
Bill Black: Wall St. wants to compete with London for lack of financial regulation

  September 4, 2012

The Fed and the Crisis
A commentary by Jane D’Arista assessing the actions of the Federal Reserve in managing the economic crisis

  September 4, 2012

The Real Hunger Games - Big Commodity Traders Control World Grain Market
Sophia Murphy: Four big traders have anywhere from 75 to 90 percent of the global trade in grains around the world

  September 3, 2012

Black Report: Majority of Wall St. Money Now Goes to Romney
Bill Black: Even though many on Wall St. understand need for regulation, most want a free-for-all and damn the consequences

  September 2, 2012

Romney and the European Authoritarian Right
John Weeks: European right-wing governments prefer Obama for pragmatic reasons, but are closer to Romney in ideology

  August 30, 2012

The Fraud-lympics and Kansas GOP Moves Way Right
This week's Bill Black Financial and Fraud Report

  August 9, 2012

Wall St. “Cheetahs” and the Financial Transaction Tax
The recent stock market volatility could have been restricted by a tax on transactions that would make the small quick score less attractive

  August 9, 2012

LIBOR Rate-Fixing Scandal Sets Off Investigations, Lawsuits Against Big Banks
Cities around the country, from Baltimore to Oakland, are taking legal action against the banks responsible for suppressing the London interbank offered rate, Libor. And some 75% of major cities involved in libor-tied interest-rate swaps stand to reclaim taxpayer losses in addition to libor-backed mortgage holders who lost money on the rate's manipulation.

  August 5, 2012

The Media and Politics of Offshore Tax Havens
James Henry PT 3: Politicians demand debt reduction but the media rarely connects billions of unpaid taxes on offshore accounts to the issue

  August 12, 2012

Part 2 What a Single Payer Health Insurance Plan Looks Like
Gerald Friedman: A single-payer plan in Maryland would cover everyone, improve outcomes and make business more competitive

  August 1, 2012

How to Pay for Single Payer Health Insurance
Gerald Friedman Pt 3 of "What a Single Payer Health Insurance Plan Looks Like"

  August 1, 2012

The Drought and the Coming Food Price Bubble
TIm A. Wise: US food reserves at an historic low as biofuels, climate change and speculation exacerbate food crisis.

  July 31, 2012

A Green Full Employment Economy Requires Mass Mobilization
Bob Pollin Pt6: The first steps towards full employment is to create a green engine of jobs growth

  August 23, 2012

Did Obama Stimulus Work?
Bob Pollin Pt5: The stimulus plan saved many jobs and helped prevent a deeper crash, but was far short of spurring a recovery

  August 22, 2012

Is Full Employment Possible in the Era of Globalization?
Bob Pollin Pt4: The global "army of the unemployed" weakened American labor, but tariffs are not a solution - a mass mobilization is needed

  August 19, 2012

Full Employment and the Swedish Model
Bob Pollin Pt3: In the quest for a short term solution to the crisis, there is a lot to learn from Swedish social-democracy

  August 17, 2012

Is Full Employment Possible in Capitalism?
Bob Pollin Pt2: There have been periods of unemployment less than 4%, those conditions could be created if there was intent to do so

  August 16, 2012

The Full Employment Debate
Bob Pollin, author of Back to Full Employment, begins a series examining whether full employment is possible and how to get there

  August 15, 2012

Trillion Dollar Tax Havens, Inequality and Recession
James Henry Pt2: Vast amounts of money avoid taxes and productive investment

  August 8, 2012

Major Banks Help Clients Hide Trillions in Offshore Tax Havens
James Henry: US media and politicians mostly ignore massive untaxed wealth that big banks help rich move to tax havens

  August 3, 2012

Bill Black Reports: LIBOR and HSBC
Bill Black, author of "The Best Way To Rob a Bank is to Own One" begins a regular TRNN feature reporting on financial news

  July 25, 2012

Interest Rate-Fixing Scandal Swindles Baltimore, Other Municipalities out of Millions of Dollars
Amidst the financial crisis of 2008 and resultant recession, cities and states around the country lost millions of dollars on investments tied to the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor).

  July 17, 2012

LIBOR - Insider Trading on a Massive Scale
Stephany Griffith-Jones: Major banks fixed interest rates to make short term profits and look stronger than they were

  July 17, 2012

Will Obama Admin. Prosecute the Big Banks for LIBOR Manipulation?
Michael Greenberger: With Wall St.'s embace of Romney, Obama has nothing to lose prosecuting the big banks for the LIBOR fraud

  July 16, 2012

Baltimore, Big Banks and a Criminal Conspiracy
Bill Black: The LIBOR fraud stole millions upon millions from American cities and people around the world

  July 15, 2012

Restructuring Europe - For Whom?
The structural reform now being discussed in Europe would mean an even more neoliberal agenda

  July 9, 2012

Pt2 Is Public Ownership the Solution?
Gar Alperovitz: There is nothing new about public ownership of major enterprises in the USA

  June 14, 2012

Pt3 - CO2, the Sun, and Warming in the Middle Ages - Viewer Questions on Climate Science
TRNN viewers ask questions and challenge two prominent climate scientists about the relationship between increased carbon emissions and global warming

  June 13, 2012

Euro-Crisis Used to Destroy Social Contract
Rob Johnson: European adjustments are not the product of a mistake, but a design to break down some of the leftover architecture of the Cold War, which might be called the insurance premium that was paid against conversion to communism.

  June 12, 2012

What I'd Ask JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon
Robert Johnson: We are unlikely to hear tough questions from Senate Banking Committee as JP Morgan is their biggest campaign contributor

  June 12, 2012

Is Public Ownership the Solution?
Gar Alperovitz: When it comes to banking and other critical sectors, public ownership is the only solution

  June 11, 2012

Should Fed Intervene in Spanish Bond Market?
ECB is using crisis to unravel the European welfare state, but this could push the US economy into deeper recession

  June 7, 2012

What Would a Green Industrial Strategy Look Like?
Robert Pollin: Shifting spending from the military-industrial complex to a green economy would create more jobs and build a sustainable industrial base

  June 7, 2012

Will Military Budget Cuts Weaken Defence and Lose Jobs?
Bob Pollin: Cuts triggered by the Congressional sequestration process are not as big as Pentagon spin and military spending is an inefficient "job creator"

  June 3, 2012

America has an Industrial Policy - It's Run by the Pentagon
Bob Pollin: We need an industrial policy aimed at jobs and a green economy, not massive public spending on the military

  June 3, 2012

America has an Industrial Policy - It's Run by the Pentagon
TRNN Replay: Bob Pollin: We need an industrial policy aimed at jobs and a green economy, not massive public spending on the military

  June 3, 2012

Jobs Numbers Show Recession Far From Over
Bob Pollin: There is no engine driving job creation so no real recovery is possible

  June 3, 2012

Bill Black on “Career Limiting Gestures”
Bill Black on being “disinvited” to brief Congress because he might “bash the banks”

  May 30, 2012

The Minimum Wage and Making Work Pay
Jeannette Wicks-Lim: The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is no substitute for a higher minimum wage

  May 30, 2012

Italian PM - Austerity Not Leading to Growth
Pt.2 Fareed Zakaria's defence of neo-liberalism runs into trouble when Italian PM says "fiscal discipline" destroying domestic demand

  May 22, 2012

Fareed Zakaria's Neo-Liberal Defense of Germany Pt1
John Weeks Pt1: Zakaria's (of CNN and Time Magazine) analysis of the Greek crisis is nonsense that misses the entire context of the problem

  May 22, 2012

J.P. Morgan Funds Senate Finance Chair, Even Bigger Problem in the Wings
Tom Ferguson: Euro crisis may have more devasting effect on US banks than previously thought

  May 22, 2012

BP Coverup, Coverup
Greg Palast: US corporate media ignoring evidence of BP foreknowledge of problems that led to Gulf disaster

  May 15, 2012

JP Morgan Debacle Shows Deep Systemic Risk Unchanged
Bill Black: Billions of derivative bets cannot be called a hedge but might be allowed under weakend Volker rule

  May 15, 2012

Two Billion Dollar Tip of Banking Iceberg
Gerald Epstein: J.P. Morgan debacle shows systemic risk unchanged; breaking up big banks, reform Fed and public banking urgently required

  May 14, 2012

What Americans can Learn from Eurocrisis
Michael Hudson: From the Democratic Party to European "Socialists", they manage crisis in the interests of finance

  May 8, 2012

Corporate Media and the Austerity Campaign
Bill Black: Most media treats austerity as a necessary solution, not a means to enforce the interests of finance

  May 8, 2012

Will New French President Challenge Germany?
Mark Kesselman: The big question is whether Mr. Hollande will be a lion or the mouse that roared

  May 7, 2012

The Struggle Over UNCTAD (and Why It Matters)
Vijay Prashad: Southern countries defend mandate as the "North" pushes a "global supply chain" that could obliterate smaller countries

  May 7, 2012

A Wall St. Tax and an Independent Workers Movement
Rose Ann DeMoro and Robert Pollin: There is little will in Washington for a financial transaction tax because Wall St. has "occupied the White House"

  April 30, 2012

Bankers Assault on Financial Reform
Gerald Epstein: New financial regulations contained in the Dodd-Frank law are being gutted or delayed by regulators and Congress

  April 30, 2012

The French Election and the Eurocrisis
Gérard Duménil: Most voters want to save social programs and reject austerity

  April 22, 2012

Can Jim Yong Kim Make a Difference at the World Bank?
Mark Weisbrot, Patrick Bond and Elaine Zuckerman discuss and debate Obama's "surprising" nomination, now head of the World Bank

  April 17, 2012

Global North VS South Over Financialization of Food
Vijay Prashad: US and West fighting BRIC and other southern countries that want limits on speculation on food

  April 13, 2012

Inequality and Instability - Part 4
James K. Galbraith on his study of the world economy just before the great crisis

  April 22, 2012

Inequality and Instability - Part 3
James K. Galbraith on link between inequality and instability: Societies that are more egalitarian are more stable

  April 20, 2012

Inequality and Instability - Part 2
James K. Galbraith: The Bush years - Growth demanded new markets among debtors who previously had not qualified for mortgages

  April 19, 2012

Inequality and Instability
James K. Galbraith presents his study of the world economy just before the great crisis

  April 18, 2012

Jobs Act 2012 a Recipe for Fraud
Bill Black: The "Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act" will create a race to the regulatory bottom

  April 5, 2012

Ed Herman on "Humanitarian Imperialism"
Edward Herman Pt2: The development of humanitarian intervention as a concept is essentially an overthrow of international law

  July 2, 2012

Ed Herman, Co-Author of "Manufacturing Consent" Pt 1
Ed Herman, who wrote the famous book with Noam Chomsky, looks back at his life and what formed his thinking about the world

  July 1, 2012

Will Pumping More American Oil Lower Gas Price?
Robert Pollin: Speculation and manipulation key factors in price spike

  April 3, 2012

Israeli Economy and the "Washington Consensus"
Bank of Israel submitted 2011 report, arguing economy is strong, despite gross inequalities and unsustainable neoliberal reforms.

  April 8, 2012

Speculation and Criminal Manipulation of Food and Commodities Prices
Michael Greenberger: Weak regulations on speculators swamping markets and lack of enforcement of existing laws on criminal intent, are driving up prices

  April 13, 2012

Germany and Europe's Path to the 19th Century
Francisco Louçã: European elite wants to undo the "social contract"; Germany wants more control

  March 27, 2012

Why are Workers Striking Across Spain and Portugal?
Francisco Louçã: A deliberate policy of using the crisis to break the social contract is causing mass unemployment

  March 28, 2012

High Oil Prices Must be Subject of Criminal Investigation
Michael Greenberger: Big banks and traders involved in a criminal conspiracy to raise oil prices

  March 28, 2012

A Quick Boost for the Economy -- a $12 Minimum Wage
James K. Galbraith: Raising the minimum wage would boost demand and give millions a better wage

  March 21, 2012

Banking "Technocrats" Undermine Democracy
Gerry Epstein: In Europe and the US, bankers take control of the political process

  March 26, 2012

Austerity and the GOP in Power
James Crotty: Republican state governments show what a GOP President might do

  February 29, 2012

Is Obama Still on the Austerity Train?
James Crotty: Obama's budget is a "less savage" attack on social programs, but still assumes we are "living above our means"

  March 4, 2012

Greece Has a Choice - Get Out the Euro
Costas Lapavitsas: Breaking with neo-liberal economics imposed by German and European elite is the only real choice

  February 21, 2012

On the Brink: Fiscal Austerity Threatens a Global Recession
Dr. Heiner Flassbeck, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD: European austerity policies past the point of no return, driving global economy towards deep and lengthy recession

  February 23, 2012

Austerity Policy Destroying Greek Society
Dimitri Lascaris: Heart wrenching personal stories show that Greece should reject austerity deal and pull out of Eurozone

  February 16, 2012

A Planned Economy for the 1%
Michael Hudson: All economies have a certain amount of planning, the question is, for whom

  February 26, 2012

Is Obama Getting Serious About Bank Fraud?
Bill Black: Are Pres. Obama's new measures effective or window dressing?

  February 10, 2012

Taxes Do Not Mean Rich Will Leave
Jeff Thompson pt.3: Study shows that if States raise taxes the rich will not relocate

  March 9, 2012

Will Affluent Go On Strike?
Jeff Thompson pt.2: Study shows that while States need revenue, most tax wealthy at lower rates

  March 9, 2012

Raising Taxes on Rich does not Slow Jobs Growth
Jeff Thompson: Study shows that while States need revenue, most tax wealthy at lower rates

  March 9, 2012

Will Government Bank Mortgage Deal Help or Hinder Prosecutions?
Yves Smith: How can Obama Admin. settle before they have fully investigated the fraud

  February 9, 2012

Bio-fuels, Speculation, Land Grabs = Food Crisis
New report calls for sweeping agricultural reform

  January 18, 2012

Movement to Occupy Vacant Houses Spreads
Bronx activists supported by Occupy Wall Street enter second month of occupation

  January 10, 2012

Where is Obama's Climate Change Agenda?
James Boyce and Joe Romm discuss the Obama administration climate change policy or lack thereof

  January 5, 2012



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