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Trade Agreements Reveal How Life Will be Organized in 2050

The U.S. is negotiating two huge problematic trade agreements — one with Europe (TTIP), and another with countries around the Pacific (TTP). Both dramatically extend the NAFTA model. First, I am 100 percent in favor of trade. Everyone I know

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Senator Jeff Merkley’s plan to help underwater homeowners

Homeownership has been a hallmark of the American dream since the days of westward expansion, but today that dream has never been more fragile. Every day, families struggle to make payments on underwater mortgages in a depressed housing market, threatening

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We All Do Better When We All Do Better

A few days ago, economist Joseph Stiglitz said something quite provocative: “We’ve been shaping our society to create people who are more selfish.” The eye is drawn to the last part, “… create people who are more selfish.” My takeaway

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Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Job creation, not austerity, should be policy goal

In an NPR interview, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains why public investments in infrastructure, technology and education aren’t only good for job creation – they guarantee the “future potential output” of the economy. These types of investments pay huge

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