Karen Dolan

Karen Dolan, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, was a co-author of the IPS report Battered by the Storm: How the Safety Net Is Failing Americans and How to Fix It. Follow her on Twitter: www.twitter.com/karendolan

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Friday, November 2, 2012 - 1:03pm
Beyond the Jobs Report: A Call for a Transformational Economy
Don't count on the latest round of good economic news to have much of an impact on the elections. There are very few undecided voters left and these minor changes aren't likely to change anyone's mind.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 6:43am
Rope-a-Dope Revives the Hope
Barack Obama reappeared Tuesday night. He seemed to own Governor Romney on issues of foreign policy, women, immigration, the 47 percent and with a fatal blow regarding the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya. Don't get me wrong, Mitt was no wimp, and Obama was no progressive, but Obama had the better plans, the better attacks and the better handle on the truth than Romney.
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Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 6:58am
The Biggest Losers: Big Bird and the American People
Who won the first 2012 presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama? If you ask the Twitterverse, Big Bird nailed an easy victory. Huh? In case you missed it, the sole quasi-joke either candidate cracked came when Mitt Romney vowed to choke off the government funding that pays some of Sesame Street's bills. But really, there were no winners tonight.
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Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 8:44am
Record Poverty Persists While Gap Between Rich and Rest of Us Increases
Sadly, those who "occupied" Wall Street and city squares across the country in 2011, were right: All of the income gains have concentrated at the top, while the rest of us saw a deterioration or stagnation in our wages and income.
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Friday, March 30, 2012 - 6:25am
If Health Care Reform Falls, Progressives Need to Look In The Mirror
Supporters of Obama's health care reform are "keeping a stiff upper lip" reports The Hill as reaction to three tough days of oral argument and questioning on aspects of President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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Monday, November 21, 2011 - 1:06pm
Thank You “Super Committee!” You Failed, Now The Rest Of Us Can Succeed
Thank you to Super-Committee Republicans who remained intransigent in their insistence of governing by and for the 1%, protecting their self-interest and the interests of the Super-Rich and Wall Street Bankers. Thank you to the Super-Committee Democrats who, though they revealed their willingness, if reluctant, to do the same by putting drastic cuts to vital domestic and earned benefits programs on the table next to revenue-raisers, stood up against a bad deal. The Democrats on the Super-Committee were responsive to the 99% in the end.
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Monday, October 17, 2011 - 10:55am
A Dagger Pointed at Maryland's Peace Movement
There's nothing in Montgomery County's local, non-binding peace resolution about firing Lockheed's employees or tossing any corporations into the Potomac River. It's "a dagger pointed directly at the heart of Montgomery County," warned County Executive Ike Leggett.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 11:18am
Serving US Poor a Cold Cup of Bitter Tea
You may have been as aghast as I was at some comments from right-wing tea party types in the audiences of the two recent Republican presidential debates. At one debate, audience members enthusiastically cheered the fact that Texas Governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry, has executed 234 people during his tenure.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 10:25am
Who's Buyin' Ryan? Only the Rich Can Afford To...
Under the guise of debt reduction, the chairman of the House Budget Committee's budget proposal would take from the already poor, give to the already rich. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is waging radical class warfare and ideological privatization schemes and selling it as a debt reduction plan.
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Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 9:59am
No Ordinary Cross Hairs
Christina Taylor Green might well have made the world a better place someday. According to reports, Christina had just been elected to her elementary school's Student Council. Her neighbor brought her along to Rep. Gifford's community event in the corner Safeway parking lot. He thought it would be of interest to this young, budding public servant. Nine years old, a ballerina, a ball-player, a student councilmember and a beloved daughter, Christina Taylor Green was felled by a would-be assasin's bullet.
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