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Raising Taxes on Poor Moms while Giving the Rich a Break

Raising Taxes on Poor Moms while Giving the Rich a Break

by Michelle Chen on September 17 2010, 10:00AM

While much of the media has focused on the debate over extending Bush-era tax cuts for the rich, some other tax relief for the less-than-wealthy hardly gets a second glance.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

Who's Really to Blame for the Country's Growing Deficit?

Who’s Really to Blame for the Country’s Growing Deficit?

by on September 16 2010, 5:08PM

More people than ever rely on some form of government benefits.

Topics: Economy

Asian Long-Term Unemployment Ticks Up in California

Asian Long-Term Unemployment Ticks Up in California

by Michelle Chen on September 15 2010, 9:30AM

In California, Asian Americans may suffer relatively low rates of unemployment, but a surprising number of them tend to stay stuck in that hole for a long time.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

Grandparents Keep Families Afloat

Grandparents Keep Families Afloat

by Julianne Hing on September 10 2010, 4:39PM

At least one in ten kids in the U.S. is being raised by a grandparent.

Topics: Economy

As Washington Returns, It's Back to Jobs vs. the Deficit

As Washington Returns, It’s Back to Jobs vs. the Deficit

by on September 9 2010, 10:41AM

Obama hopes the tax debate will paint a bright line between Republicans and Democrats this month.

Topics: Economy

Older Workers of Color Slip Into Economic Insecurity

Older Workers of Color Slip Into Economic Insecurity

by Michelle Chen on September 9 2010, 9:27AM

In an increasingly harsh economy, social security after retirement could be all that many seniors have to look forward to.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

The $50 Billion Dollar Question in Obama's New Jobs Proposal

The $50 Billion Dollar Question in Obama’s New Jobs Proposal

by on September 7 2010, 4:40PM

It’s unclear exactly how jobs will be created, what kind of jobs they’ll be and for who will get them.

Topics: Economy

Unions Take Immigration Debate to the Car Wash

Unions Take Immigration Debate to the Car Wash

by Jamilah King on September 7 2010, 3:17PM

It could be an important chance to speak up — and stay relevant.

Topics: Economy, Immigration

The Latest Casualty of Midterm Elections: Black Farmers

The Latest Casualty of Midterm Elections: Black Farmers

by Jamilah King on September 7 2010, 12:46PM

They’re still waiting for a $1.25 billion bias settlement while politicians play favorites with wealthier landowners.

Topics: Economy

Five Workplace Reforms to Fight for This Labor Day Photo

Five Workplace Reforms to Fight for This Labor Day

by Rinku Sen on September 3 2010, 1:39PM

More workers than you think don’t enjoy the protection of labor laws. A look at their jobs, and the burgeoning movements to get them rights.

Topics: Economy

Domestic Workers Lead the Way to 21st Century Labor Rights

Domestic Workers Lead the Way to 21st Century Labor Rights

by Rinku Sen on September 2 2010, 11:31AM

An historic New York victory demonstrates what today’s labor movement needs to look like.

Topics: Economy

NY Domestic Workers Celebrate Historic Labor Win

NY Domestic Workers Celebrate Historic Labor Win

by Michelle Chen on September 1 2010, 11:04AM

It’s official: Gov. Paterson signed into law yesterday new rights for New York State’s domestic workers yesterday. Their movement may be a national model for reform.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

Iraq Vets Return to a Country Not Ready to Truly Support Them

Iraq Vets Return to a Country Not Ready to Truly Support Them

by on September 1 2010, 10:23AM

The Iraq drawdown rearranges misguided priorities rather than creating new ones—like job creation, health care and family support.

Topics: Economy

Job Creation Under TANF Emergency Fund Threatened in Welfare Budget

Job Creation Under TANF Emergency Fund Threatened in Welfare Budget

by Michelle Chen on August 31 2010, 4:02PM

A unique welfare program is creating a surprising number of new paychecks, but it may soon fade away without renewed support from Congress.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

Washington's Whitewashed Social Security Review

Washington’s Whitewashed Social Security Review

by on August 30 2010, 12:46PM

Alan Simpson’s bizarre tirade should be expected from a commission stacked with old, white men.

Topics: Economy

Housing Crisis Lingers in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Housing Crisis Lingers in Post-Katrina New Orleans

by Michelle Chen on August 30 2010, 9:10AM

While New Orleans hobbles toward recovery after Hurricane Katrina’s punishing blows, a deep affordable housing crisis continues to hold back impoverished mothers:

Topics: Economy, On Gender

American Families vs. Washington's Misguided Deficit Hawks

American Families vs. Washington’s Misguided Deficit Hawks

by on August 25 2010, 3:15PM

A CBO study provides more proof that social programs help stimulate the economy, not tank it.

Topics: Economy

Health Care and the

Health Care and the “Model Minority Myth”

by Jamilah King on August 24 2010, 3:12PM

There’s a physical risk in believing the hype.

Topics: Economy, Health

Will Social Security Be the Next Deficit Hawk Prey?

Will Social Security Be the Next Deficit Hawk Prey?

by on August 18 2010, 11:41AM

Social Security is 90 percent of income for a third of black and Latino seniors.

Topics: Economy

Cleaning Up Oil is Awful Work, But at Least You Can Get it

Cleaning Up Oil is Awful Work, But at Least You Can Get it

by Brentin Mock on August 17 2010, 9:57AM

Oil spill workers describe 12-hour days, patronizing rules and bunking in a floating motel. It’s a terrible job that they’re thrilled to have.

Topics: Dispatches, Economy