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  • October 3, 2012

    The San Francisco Chronicle features report “Inequality Report Card: Grading Congress on Inequality”

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    "Advocacy groups have long rated members of Congress on their voting record as regards the environment, child welfare, conservative values, education, and a raft of other issues and philosophies. So it was only a matter of time before Americans would see a report card grading their leaders on how their votes widen or narrow the great divide between the wealthiest 1 percent and the rest of us," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial board on its Opinion Shop blog. "Today, the Institute for Policy Studies issued its report card on how the members of Congress are wielding their considerable power to shape our economy. That is, how they vote on tax rules, trade policies, subsidies and contracts. The topics, in fact, at the heart of tonight’s presidential debate between President Obama and his challenger, Republican Mitt Romney."

  • October 3, 2012

    The Huffington Post features report “Inequality Report Card: Grading Congress on Inequality”

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    When we started the grading process, we feared it could turn out to be a big bore. With Congress so polarized, we expected to find lock-step partisan voting that would give all Republicans F's and all Democrats A's. Instead, we found that the divisiveness between parties is also alive and well within parties.

    In general, however, we found Republicans to be extremely loyal to the "1 percent." We gave 59 of them an F. 

    The point of this report card is not just to name and shame. We also aim to draw attention to the many creative proposals for restoring fairness that deserve more support. Two of the pending bills on our list would raise revenue for human needs by putting a small tax on Wall Street transactions. Another would increase the minimum wage and then index it to inflation.

  • October 1, 2012

    Forbes

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    According to the Institute for Policy Studies, the top 10 percent of all citizens here own 80 percent of all stock market wealth. The lower half of the country holds just .5 percent.

  • September 12, 2012

    Pacific Sun features report “America Is Not Broke”

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  • August 8, 2012

    The Star-Ledger features blog “Mr. President, the Elephant in the Room Is Not a Republican”

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  • July 31, 2012

    The San Antonio Express-News features blog “Shell-shocked Again, this Time because of Aurora”

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  • July 23, 2012

    Mindful Money

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    According to Matfess, both letters were written by experienced insiders who came to disdain the systemic failures and abuses of their respective institutions.

    More important, she writes, is that both of these letters were written with a greater intention than simply giving their authors' two-weeks notice.

    "The inventory of flaws in the financial system provided in these resignations is, at least in part, addressed to the American people. Though I can only speak for myself, I hope that Americans are willing to hear these critiques and demand greater governmental oversight for domestic financial institutions and increased transparency and accountability for international financial actors."

  • July 19, 2012

    The Beacon Broadside features article “50 Years of Gutting America's Middle Class”

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  • July 17, 2012

    The Philippine Daily Inquirer

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    “People across Asia ate unpolished rice in great quantities a century and a half ago,” add Robin Broad and John Cavanagh of American University and Institute of Policy Studies, respectively. “When Westerners brought rice mills to the country a century ago, Filipinos found the taste of the new white rice strange, and it took a while [for them] to get used to it.”

  • July 10, 2012

    The San Jose Mercury News features article “Health Care Access Shouldn't Require Good Luck ”

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    "Hilary Matfess, the excited young woman with lupus in the photo by Slate magazine's David Weigel (www.slate.com), would probably agree with me," wrote Sue McAllister. "A Johns Hopkins University student, she wrote this in a blog post on the Institute for Policy Studies, where she is an intern: 'I'm still celebrating the Supreme Court's ruling as a promising sign that Americans are on the brink of adopting a health care system based on a sense of community, not luck.'"

    "As a member of the pre-existing-condition community, I hope she's right."

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