Alan Pyke

Requiring an ID to Eat?! The Right-Wing's Next Crazy Plot Against Low-Income Americans

Food stamp recipients will have their grocery store humiliation compounded by having to show a photo ID in order to buy food if Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) gets his way.

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Where the Minimum Wage Would Be If It Kept Pace With the Earnings of the 1%

If the minimum wage had grown at the same rate as the earnings of the top one percent of Americans the federal wage floor would be more than triple the current hourly minimum of $7.25. Instead, the minimum wage has been lower than a poverty wage ever since 1982.

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3 Progressive Measures On Tuesday’s Ballot That You Should Know About

Congress may not be up for grabs, but Election Day 2013 still comes with high stakes for progressive economic policy ideas. On Tuesday, voters in Colorado, New Jersey, and a small Washington town are getting an up-or-down vote on some proposals that would improve lives both today and decades from now. Here’s a rundown of the three ballot initiatives:

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GOP War on Poor Continues as House Approves Huge Cut to Food Stamps

House Republicans approved nearly $40 billion in cuts to the food stamps program Thursday evening on a tight 217-210 vote. Fifteen Republicans defected to vote “no” on the measure, which is projected to kick millions of people off of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Does Joe Scarborough Really Think He Can Outsmart Paul Krugman?

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and Nobel-Prize winning economist Paul Krugman will appear on PBS' Charlie Rose, following weeks of their high-profile dispute over the proper policy response to two competing problems: historically high unemployment and historically high public debt.

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