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  • Advocates and Opponents Testify at Medicare for All Hearing
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    "Medicare for All" House Hearing

    The House Rules Committee held a hearing on the Medicare for All Act of 2019. The legislative proposal was introduced by Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and at…

  • Dean Baker Discusses emRiggedem
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    Dean Baker talked about his book Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer, in which he argues that government policies, not…

  • Washington Journal Roundtable on Trade Policy and Jobs
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    Trade Policy and Jobs

    Dean Baker and Gary Hufbauer previewed trade policy under the Trump administration. Other topics included globalization’s effect on U.S. jobs and the possibility of re-negotiating NAFTA.

  • Consumer Federation of America 2016 Conference
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    Consumer Protection and the Economy

    Consumer activists, government officials and technology leaders at the Consumer Federation of America’s 2016 conference talked about the benefits and risks of the “sharing economy” of…

  • Senate Subcmte Holds Hearing on Social Security
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    Social Security and Retirement Savings

    Witnesses testified on the role of Social Security as a source of retirement income as the number of workers with pensions continued to decline. They agreed that Social Security benefits…

  • Postal Service Reform
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    Postal Service Reform

    Postal Service leaders, government officials, employee advocates, and economic and accounting experts testified on proposed reforms to the U.S. Postal Service, focusing on the service’s…

  • Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate
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    Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate

    The House Small Business Committee held a hearing on the health care law’s definition of a full-time worker, which is set at 30 hours per week. Committee Republicans say that part of the…

  • Nobel PrizeWinning Economist Discusses Labor Market
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    Causes of High Unemployment

    Nobel Prize-winning economist Peter Diamond used charts and graphs to talk about the causes of high unemployment. The latest monthly jobs report showed unemployment dropping to 7.3 percent, largely due…

  • AARP Examines Implications of COLA Changes
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    Cost-of-Living Adjustments and Federal Benefits

    Panelists talked about the implications of a proposed reform to cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for Social Security and other federal benefits. The change involves tying COLAs to a…

  • US Tax System
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    U.S. Tax System

    Panelists talked about tax code reform. Topics included investment income versus earned income, offshore tax avoidance schemes, corporate loopholes, and the income cap on Social Security…

  • State Pension Battles
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    State Pension Battles

    Pension advocates talked about the impact of state budget cuts on public pensions for public employees such as teachers, firefighters, and police.

  • Occupy Washington DC  Discussion on the Economy
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    Occupy Washington D.C. Discussion on the Economy

    Occupy D.C. and October2011 Movement organizers hosted a panel discussion proposing changes to the federal budget. The event was organized as a “hearing” on the state of the economy,…

  • Congressional Republican Economic and Job Creation Proposals
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    Congressional Republican Economic and Job Creation Proposals

    Dean Baker and James Sherk talked about congressional Republicans' economic and job creation proposals. They also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included…

  • Securities Transaction Tax
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    Securities Transaction Tax

    Participants debated for and against the implementation of a financial transaction tax on trades of stocks, bonds, derivatives and other investments. They focused on the need to improve…

  • Federal Reserve for the 21st Century
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    Federal Reserve for the 21st Century

    Participants talked about the future of the Federal Reserve and its role in shaping the U.S. economy. The event included panel discussions on the Federal Reserve’s role in promoting…

  • Federal Budget Deficit Reduction
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    Federal Budget Deficit Reduction

    The Aspen Institute hosted a forum on reducing the federal budget deficit with panelists from a wide variety of viewpoints, including Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax reform, a member of…

  • Corporate Power and Politics
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    Corporate Power and Politics

    Panelists talked about the relationships between citizens and corporate culture in America. Among the issues they addressed were the role of the citizen as consumers, employees and voters in a body…

  • Federal Deficit Reduction
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    Federal Deficit Reduction

    Dean Baker talked about the recommendations of the bipartisan National Commission On Fiscal Responsibility And Reform, and Republican Party plans for cutting the federal budget. He also responded…

  • Current Economic Situation
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    Current Economic Situation

    Amity Shlaes and Dean Baker talked by remote link from the New York City studio about the current economic situation. They reacted to a video clip of President Obama commenting that day on…

  • President Obamas Economic Agenda
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    President Obama's Economic Agenda

    Dean Baker, co-director for Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Peter Morici, economics professor for University of Maryland, talked about President Obama’s initiatives on the…

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