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In this June 23, 2014 photo, job seekers and recruiters meet during a job fair in Philadelphia. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 1, 2014 | Perspectives

A subsidized jobs program that created 20,000 jobs around the Commonwealth shows that such initiatives can be a win both for those struggling for work and for employers. Continue reading

Protesters rally for an increase in the minimum wage on the Great Western Staircase at the Capitol on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Several hundred fast-food workers and other low-wage employees from around New York gathered to pressure lawmakers to raise the minimum wage from $8 to $10.10 an hour and let local cities raise it even higher. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
July 31, 2014 | Blog

Today’s economy doesn’t contain a lot of good news for working people, yet the last few days have seen some notable gains. Continue reading

King Lear
July 31, 2014 | Blog

The artistic director of the Public Theater posits that some Shakespeare plays become particularly popular when they reflect the America we live in. Continue reading

n this Jan. 23, 2014 file photo Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, left, leans in to listen to Xen Hesse as the two each lunch at Roesland Elementary School in Roeland Park, Kan. On Friday, March 7, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court said the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional. The case has broader implications beyond the classroom: Kansas enacted sweeping cuts to income taxes championed by Brownback that have reduced the amount of available resources to comply with a court order. (AP Photo/John Milburn, File)
July 30, 2014 | Perspectives

It’s time for an anti-poverty contract that addresses minimum wages, paid sick leave, childcare, ending child hunger and ensuring that no one willing to work becomes destitute. Continue reading

A night scene of a Bank of America ATM on K Street NW in Washington. November 2006. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 30, 2014 | Blog

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, these financial institutions draw the most complaints. Continue reading

In this July 29, 2013, file photo, demonstrators in support of fast food workers march towards a McDonald's as they demand higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation in New York's Union Square. Labor leaders are getting more creative _ and some say more desperate _ in trying to boost their sagging numbers. Unions are helping non-union fast food workers around the country hold strikes to protest low wages and poor working conditions. They are organizing home day care workers, university graduate students and even newly legalized marijuana dealers.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
July 29, 2014 | Blog

Two House Democrats plan to introduce a bill tomorrow that would make labor organizing a basic freedom no different than freedom from racial discrimination. Continue reading

Arthur Brooks-3965
July 29, 2014 | Blog

Bill’s interview with the president of the conservative American Enterprise Institute provoked responses from writers and activists on the left. Continue reading

President Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcasts his annual message to Congress, Jan. 11, 1944, in Washington. The president topped a five-point victory program with a recommendation for national service legislation to make all able-bodied adults available for the war effort. (AP Photo)
July 29, 2014 | Perspectives

For more than 200 years, American exceptionalism was the idea of liberals and progressives. It was an idea about what America could be, should be and, if we act on it, would be. Continue reading

Paul Ryan, Chris Van Hollen, Tom Price, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., center, presides over a markup session where House Republicans are crafting a budget-balancing plan that sharply cuts spending on transportation, health care programs for the middle class and the poor, food stamps and other domestic initiatives, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan is flanked by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., right, the committee's ranking member, and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., left. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 27, 2014 | Perspectives

The Republican from Wisconsin has downloaded some populist rhetoric to go with his “kinder, gentler” talk about poverty. But his populism is not the real thing. Continue reading

A man counts one hundred dollar bills. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
July 27, 2014 | Blog

The “self-made” man or woman, the symbol of American meritocracy, is disappearing. Six of today’s ten wealthiest Americans are heirs to prominent fortunes. Continue reading

Tea party activists attend a rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The IRS has been under fire from Democrats and Republicans in Congress since May, when one of its officials publicly apologized for targeting conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status for close examination. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 26, 2014 | Blog

An essay by former Moyers guest Norm Ornstein looks at the history of radical movements within parties — and finds today’s tea party to be unprecedentedly successful. Continue reading

Claudia Pedroza, Karla Osorio
July 25, 2014 | Blog

New research has found that the language used to describe struggling Americans is turning off the very people it’s supposed to help. Continue reading

screenshot from YouTube video of Capitol Hill Briefing: Bipartisan Panel on Restoring Voting Rights
July 25, 2014 | Blog

Millions of Americans have lost the right to vote and their political voice, because of a criminal conviction in their past. Bipartisan momentum is forming on Capitol Hill to change that. Continue reading

Arthur Brooks-3965
July 25, 2014 | Moyers & Company

After the broadcast interview ended, our cameras kept rolling. See more of Bill’s conversation with Arthur C. Brooks. Continue reading

Arthur Brooks
July 25, 2014 | Moyers & Company

The president of the American Enterprise Institute says free enterprise is good for the poor – and good for the soul. Continue reading

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