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U.S. Housing Dept. Takes Hardest Shutdown Hit of All

U.S. Housing Dept. Takes Hardest Shutdown Hit of All

by Brentin Mock on October 11 2013, 1:39PM

HUD is working without 96 percent of its staff, the deepest cuts of any Cabinet department.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

Obama Picks Yellen to Chair the Fed

Obama Picks Yellen to Chair the Fed

by Imara Jones on October 9 2013, 11:07AM

Yellen is a favorite among many economic progressives.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Simplifying the Wealth Gap

Simplifying the Wealth Gap

by Chris Williams on October 7 2013, 7:00AM

A new documentary, “Inequality for All,” breaks down the structural reasons for the gap between the top 1 percent and the 99 percent. Here, filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth talks about his most surprising findings

Topics: Economy

Labor Department Operating at Just 20 Percent During Shutdown

Labor Department Operating at Just 20 Percent During Shutdown

by Brentin Mock on October 3 2013, 1:56PM

Of the 16,304 people who would normally be working right now at Labor, only 2,954 are currently in effect

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

EPA Loses Over 90 Percent of Staff, But Committed to Communities

EPA Loses Over 90 Percent of Staff, But Committed to Communities

by Brentin Mock on October 2 2013, 12:03PM

EPA has lost over 90 percent of its faculty.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, Environment, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

Shutdown Day 1: Costs Already High

Shutdown Day 1: Costs Already High

by Imara Jones on October 1 2013, 5:33PM

The DC region alone is expected to lose $200 million a day

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Shutdown

Did Obamacare Crash Your Internet?

Did Obamacare Crash Your Internet?

by Brentin Mock on October 1 2013, 2:40PM

If you tried to shop online today during the rollout of Obamacare’s website, you may have had problems. Here’s why.

Topics: Economy, Health, /NOW, Obamacare, Politics, Shutdown

Why Race Matters in the Government Shutdown

Why Race Matters in the Government Shutdown

by Imara Jones on October 1 2013, 7:00AM

Well, for starters, people of color make up 35 percent of the federal workforce.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

San Francisco Chinese Couple Wins Eviction Reprieve

San Francisco Chinese Couple Wins Eviction Reprieve

by Julianne Hing on September 26 2013, 4:27PM

Can an elderly Chinese couple and a galvanized community take on San Francisco’s tech-driven gentrification?

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Federally Contracted Workers Bring Labor Fight to Obama's Front Door

Federally Contracted Workers Bring Labor Fight to Obama’s Front Door

by Julianne Hing on September 25 2013, 9:23AM

Low-wage workers are making sure the federal government doesn’t overlook the labor practices of its own contractors.

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Putting a Human Face on Food Stamps

Putting a Human Face on Food Stamps

by Von Diaz on September 25 2013, 7:00AM

If they become law, the House’s $40 billion in food stamp cuts could have grave consequences for some of the most vulnerable populations in the U.S.

Topics: Economy, Politics

Strange Fruit: AIG CEO Says Investment Bankers Lynched Like in 'Deep South'

Strange Fruit: AIG CEO Says Investment Bankers Lynched Like in ‘Deep South’

by Brentin Mock on September 24 2013, 11:43AM

AIG corporate executives who almost tanked the U.S. economy and then were rewarded bonuses compared to the likes of Emmett Till.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, /NOW

The Tea Party's Vision, Realized

The Tea Party’s Vision, Realized

by Imara Jones on September 24 2013, 8:57AM

As we stare over the brink of a catastrophic government shutdown, the nation has arrived right where the tea party wing of the GOP meant to lead us.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

Highlights From Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

Highlights From Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference

by Brentin Mock on September 23 2013, 2:15PM

African-American Congress members gathered last week to tackle new policies concerning economic inequality, voting rights and criminal justice.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Environment, /NOW, Politics

What Obamacare's Onset Means for Racial Justice

What Obamacare’s Onset Means for Racial Justice

by Imara Jones on September 18 2013, 8:27AM

The law’s historic expansion of healthcare will begin on Oct. 1, but the working poor in half the nation will be left out.

Topics: Economy, Health, Obamacare

Live Chat: High Stakes Activism

Live Chat: High Stakes Activism

by Akiba Solomon on September 10 2013, 10:39AM

Four activists who’ve risked their livelihoods, arrest or personal safety to achieve justice talk about what fuels them.

Topics: Economy, Immigration, Politics

The Billionaire Mayor's 1 Percent City

The Billionaire Mayor’s 1 Percent City

by Imara Jones on September 9 2013, 10:08AM

The economic policies of outgoing New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg are a study in how to create racial and economic inequity.

Topics: Economy, Politics

High Unemployment Rates Aren't Budging

High Unemployment Rates Aren’t Budging

by Imara Jones on September 6 2013, 11:30AM

Against the backdrop of possible military action in Syria, the U.S. jobs picture remains bleak

Topics: Economy, /NOW

Bread, Bombs and a 9-Day Clock

Bread, Bombs and a 9-Day Clock

by Imara Jones on September 4 2013, 8:50AM

The president’s call for a congressional vote on Syria couldn’t come at a worst time for economic justice.

Topics: Economy, National Security, Shutdown

Low-Wage Workers in 50 Cities Stage Walk Out

Low-Wage Workers in 50 Cities Stage Walk Out

by Imara Jones on August 29 2013, 2:48PM

Fast-food and retail workers demand a $15 minimum wage and the right to form unions in pre-Labor Day protest

Topics: Economy, /NOW