Austerity

The Left Wins Big In Greece

The Left Wins Big In Greece
Greece's left wing Syriza Party wins big and vows to reverse austerity and restore democracy.
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Tale of Two States: CT Court Boosts Public Ed While Neighboring RI Slashes It

Tale of Two States: CT Court Boosts Public Ed While Neighboring RI Slashes It
Connecticut and Rhode Island have a few similarities, but their approach to public education is not one of them. Where Connecticut's Supreme Court has strengthened access to public education, Rhode Island has cut it, leaving a disparity that will only grow in time.
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Trauma Leaves Police Unable to Work, But Gov't Refuses to Pay for Treatment

Trauma Leaves Police Unable to Work, But Gov't Refuses to Pay for Treatment
Police work is incredibly stressful. Whether from the day to day pressure, or from witnessing horrific events and their aftermath – like the Sandy Hook school shooting – officers are struggling with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. But commissioners and local governments strapped for cash are refusing to provide treatment.
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Food Stamps Mean Vacations in Barbados: The Right Wing Welfare Fantasy

Food Stamps Mean Vacations in Barbados: The Right Wing Welfare Fantasy
There are many myths perpetuated and consumed by the extreme Right on any number of issues, but perhaps none as vitriolic as those spread about government assistance to the poor. Why are welfare and food stamps so vilified by GOP and its voting base?
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Austerity-Obsessed 'Fix the Debt' Affiliate Is In the Red, Quite Ironically

Austerity-Obsessed 'Fix the Debt' Affiliate Is In the Red, Quite Ironically
Fix the Debt affiliate The Can Kicks Back, an astroturf austerity group backed by rich plutocrats, is hilariously in debt. Who better to tell the American people how to use its tax-generated dollars than an organization going broke?
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The Continuing Impact of Occupy Wall Street, Even as It Feels Forgotten

The Continuing Impact of Occupy Wall Street, Even as It Feels Forgotten
While it seems like the Occupy Wall Street movement has been relegated beyond the back page (and into the corners of the internet), its effect is still being felt on Capitol Hill. Austerity was the sad truth about the politics of 2013, but would it have been so much worse without #OccupyWallStreet?
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Hurting One, Hurting All: Economists Wake Up to Income Inequality’s Damage

Hurting One, Hurting All: Economists Wake Up to Income Inequality’s Damage
In an Associated Press survey published today, a group of three dozen economists agree that the “growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn’t bad just for individuals. It’s hurting the U.S. economy.”
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Isaiah J. Poole
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House Republicans Signal Support for Budget, No Extension for Unemployment Benefits

House Republicans Signal Support for Budget, No Extension for Unemployment Benefits
House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress' erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the partisan rancor that has damaged Americans' attitudes about their lawmakers.
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Andrew Taylor
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Sen Sanders: 'We Must End the Absurdity' of Corporate Tax Dodging, While Imposing Austerity on Working Class

Sen Sanders: 'We Must End the Absurdity' of Corporate Tax Dodging, While Imposing Austerity on Working Class
Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, calls out the so-called congressional "deficit hawks" for supporting unfunded wars and now cuts to "virtually every social program designed to protect working families, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor." His proposal? A budget that is both economically and morally sound.
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As Thanksgiving Approaches, Texas Will Lose Over $400 Million in Hunger Assistance

As Thanksgiving Approaches, Texas Will Lose Over $400 Million in Hunger Assistance
On November 1, Texas families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program assistance will have their benefits cut by an average of 7 percent — or $36 per month for a family of four. The cuts will strip $411 million worth of assistance in Texas and impact more than four million Texans. Over half of which are children.
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