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7 Days @ Minimum Wage star
What is it like to live on minimum wage? Roseanne Barr, ACORN, and the AFL-CIO want to show you. Roseanne is hosting the 7 Days @ Minimum Wage video blog. The blog has video of seven real people telling you what living on or near the federal minimum wage of $5.15 an hour.

A Game as Old as Empire star
In this book, Steve Hiatt takes us around the globe with the confessions of former economic hit men, who, like Perkins, helped to build a global empire that benefits the wealthy and powerful at the expense of ordinary citizens.

A Moral Outrage star
Every time a minimum wage worker draws a paycheck he or she gets another notice that, in the eyes of our society, his or her life is cheap---and getting cheaper every year. The buying power of the federal minimum wage is the lowest it has been in fifty-one years.

A Target on Target star
The Living Wage Coalition has set their sights on Target. The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance requiring stores to pay a living wage of $10 per hour In an effort to get the mayor to veto the ordinance, Target is bullying the city with threatening to cancel the opening of three new stores.

Budget Impasse 2011 star
The federal government is dangerously close to a shutdown. Will Congress reach a compromise in time, or go back in time to 1995?

Can We Feed the Hungry More Efficiently? star
Eight hundred fifty million people suffer from malnutrition. You would think the four billion in food aid that America provides the world would go a long way to alleviating that hunger. However, because of inane regulations, most of the money never reaches the hungry of the world.

Long Range Public Investment: The Forgotten Legacy of the New Deal star
We often think of the New Deal as the birth of the welfare state, however, Robert D. Leighninger Jr.’s book, Long Range Public Investment: The Forgotten Legacy of the New Deal, reminds us that the New Deal bought us much more, and much of it is still here today.

Motherhood Manifesto star
Imagine if mothers everywhere united to fight for the things that would make life better for their children, for themselves and for their families. This would be a powerful movement. That is the idea behind MomsRising. The book, Motherhood Manifesto, literally spells out the agenda for MomsRising.

Obama's FY12 Budget Proposal star
President Obama has released his fiscal year 2012 budget proposal. Does it do enough to get the country back on track. Will Republicans support his plan to reduce the federal deficit and stimulate the economy? Find out here.

The Conscience of a Liberal star
Paul Krugman reminds us that the New Deal came about following the great inequality of the gilded age. We now level inequality as high as the gilded age. Krugman shows how that inequality returned and how we can restore shared prosperity.

The New Deal and the ARRA star
Learn about the purpose of President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act while comparing it to President Roosevelt's New Deal policies.

The Real Wealth of Nations star
We pay plumbers, the people we entrust with our pipes, $60 dollars and hour, but we pay childcare workers, the people we entrust with our children, $10 dollars an hour. This is not logical. Eisner’s provides a roadmap to developing an economic system where we value our children more than our pipes.

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism star
In her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein shocks you with the correlation she draws between electroshock therapy and the way the United States has imposed the Chicago School of Economics ‘shock’ theories around the world.

Twenty One Dollars a Week star
You are going grocery shopping for a week worth of food. Could you do it on just twenty-one dollars a week? Well four members of Congress are learning how hard it is. They have taken the food stamp challenge.

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