Mike Konczal

That '70s Show, Starring Ted Cruz

Conservatives who compare today's economy to the Carter era need a history lesson

Conservatives who compare today's economy to the Carter era get an 'F' in history.

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Don't Be Fooled: The Fed's New Rule Lets Banks Off Easy

The hike in capital requirements isn't nearly enough

The hike in capital requirements isn't nearly enough.

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Sure, they complain about "bailouts." But the Tea Party's theory of the financial crisis has absolved Wall Street completely.

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A new Harper's essay attacks Obama from the left—and is incoherent about the vast gap between liberals and conservatives

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The New GOP Poverty Efforts Are Impractical, Incoherent, and Inhumane

And they'll also put more kids in poverty

Obama's agenda embraces things that work. Paul Ryan's embraces revolutionary chaos.

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The Congressional Budget Office just threw a hand grenade into the debate over the minimum wage. A new report released Tuesday argues that a higher minimum wage, which has become a centerpiece of President Obama’s agenda for combating economic inequality, will cost jobs. What lessons should we take from this report?

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What we can learn from Apple, Google, and Pixar's attempts to keep wages low.

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Presidents used to promise full employment. A generation ago, they abruptly stopped. Bringing back the term could change our politics.

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Washington Has Not Defeated Wall Street. Yet.

Here are four remaining fights

There are at least four major issues in financial reform that still need to be addressed.

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Fifty years ago Wednesday, Lyndon B. Johnson announced a War on Poverty in his first State of the Union address. "It will not be a short or easy struggle; no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won. The richest nation on Earth can afford to win it." Popular when it was first announced, it quickly became unpopular, fueled by the disapproval of Johnson due to Vietnam, the urban riots of the 1960s and subsequent crime wave, and the coding of the War on Poverty as a pure welfare scheme.

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