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Provides articles, news and analysis on economic issues including trade policies, Social Security, income and estate tax issues, economic indicators and theories, and economic opinion leaders.
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Summary of The American Jobs Act
Summary of "The American Jobs Act," President Obama's jobs creation legislation that he sent to Congress for approval on September 12, 2011.

President Obama's Plan to Reduce the Federal Budget, Spending
President Obama's plan to reduce the federal budget, summarized for quick-reading from the President's fiscal policy speech delivered on April 13, 2011.

Profile of U.S.-South Korea Trade Agreement
Summary and brief background of the U.S.-Korea trade agreement renegotiated by President Obama and announced on December 4, 2010.

Obama's Agenda to Revive U.S. Manufacturing
Obama agenda to revive U.S. manufacturing, entitled the "Make It in America" agenda, described in a speech by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on July 23, 2010 to the Center for American Progress.

President Obama's 2010 National Export Initiative
President Obama's 2010 National Export Initiative, which includes smart, immediate steps "to increase financing, advocacy, and assistance for American businesses to locate, set up shop, and win new markets"

Pros & Cons of Free Trade Agreements
Pros and cons of U.S. free trade agreements, and brief description of President Obama's new 8-country free trade agreement, the TransPacific Partnership, which is under negotiations in 2010.

Is Free Trade a Negative or Positive for the U.S.?
Readers share their thoughts about whether or not free trade is a negative or positive for the U.S. economy and the U.S. worker.

President Obama's Economic Agenda "Guiding Principles"
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for economic policy agenda during his administration.

President Obama's Tax Policy "Guiding Principles"
Summary of President Obama's goals and principles for income and other tax policies and plans under his administration.

Blue Dog 2010 Blueprint for Fiscal Reform
Fifteen key fiscal reforms for 2010 urged by Blue Dog Democrats in a report issued on Jan 26, 2010.

Labor Leader Speech on Financial Woes of Americans
Full text of an important speech delivered by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on January 11, 2010 at the National Press Club on which he boldly described the financial woes and anger at political leadership of working men and women. Trumka warned Democratic leaders, including President Obama, to not take working people for granted.

Pros and Cons of Obama's Stimulus Package
President Obama's $787 billion stimulus package is a consortium of thousands of federal tax measures and spending on infrastructure, education, health care, energy and other projects. Many Democrats believe that the stimulus was too small to bolster the economy, as evidenced by the continuing U.S. economic slump.

Pros & Cons of the Employee Free Choice Act
The Employee Free Choice Act of 2009, also known as "card check" legislation, would cause three major pro-labor changes to the National Labor Relations Act, which was established by Congress in 1935...

Profile of Economist Paul Krugman, Political Liberal
Paul Krugman, American economist, bestselling author and respected professor, was awarded the prestigious 2008 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. An avowed liberal, he is an influential, outspoken opinion leader on politics and the economy.

Common Sense Says No to Social Security Privatization
Presents the facts surrounding President Bush's ideas to "reform" Social Security by diverting payroll taxes into privatized accounts. Doing so would cause Social Security benefits to be reduced significantly, and would cost taxpayers $2 trillion. There are far better, more modest solutions.

Liberalism 101: Democratic Party Agenda on Retirement Security
The Democratic Party Agenda on retirement security includes pledges to protect Social Security and to fight for pension reform that protects employees.

Liberalism 101: Democratic Party Agenda on Economic Prosperity

The following is the Democratic Party agenda on economic prosperity and education. "We will create jobs that stay in America and restore opportunity for all Americans, starting with raising the minimum wage... We also believe in budget discipline that... "

U.S. Economic Policies - Center for American Progress
Center for American Progress is a leading progressive think-tank devoted to analysis of major US issues.

US Congressional Budget Office
US Congressional Budget Office is the nonpartisan organization that assists Congress in budget and financial matters, including spending and revenue legislation and support for the Budget, Finance, Ways & Means and Appropriations Committees. Its staff and panel of Economic Advisors are comprised of leading economists and public policy analysts.

Top 20 Labor Union States
Analysis of top 20 labor unions states in 2011, data that strongly suggests a new pro-labor political coalition between "blue" and "red" states.

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