Economy

 
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The job stall

However you look at Friday’s jobs report, it’s a stunning reminder of how anemic the recovery has been – and how perilously close the nation is to falling into another recession, writes Robert Reich.

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A ‘Grexit’ primer

Greece is once again on the brink of a financial collapse. How will its potential exit from the euro impact the rest of Europe, the global economy and the U.S. presidential election?

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  Payday loans: An insider’s perspective

Graham McCaulley talks to NTK about his journey from payday lender to consumer activist.

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  American Voices: David Kipen

David Kipen, essayist and former Director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, talks about the value of volunteerism — and the threat it poses to working people.

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  Loans on the line

In Missouri, there’s an effort to put an initiative on the ballot this November that would cap payday loan interest rates. But will capping rates mean no credit at all for some Missourians? Stacey Tisdale reports.

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  American Voices: Cy Richardson

The National Urban League’s Cy Richardson on how to put money into the hands of those who have historically been shut out.

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  Gary Rivlin on the high cost of poverty

Journalist Gary Rivlin talks to Jeff Greenfield about the need for affordable, non-predatory credit in poor communities.

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Poll: Payday loans

Should payday loans be banned? Vote in our poll.

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Payday lending

Do payday loans take advantage of the poor? Or do they extend much-needed loans to consumers with no other access to credit? Read our primer.