Andy Kroll

Andy Kroll is a reporter in the D.C. bureau of Mother Jones magazine and an associate editor at TomDispatch.com.

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Monday, May 09, 2011
How the McEconomy Bombed the American Worker
Think of it as a parable for these grim economic times. On April 19th, McDonald's launched its first-ever national hiring day, signing up 62,000 new workers at stores throughout the country. For some context, that's more jobs created by one company in a single day than the net job creation of the entire U.S. economy in 2009. And if that boggles the mind, consider how many workers applied to local McDonald's franchises that day and left empty-handed: 938,000 of them.
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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Return to Wisconsin: The Beginning or the End?
It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends . -- Joan Didion
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Monday, February 28, 2011
Cairo in Wisconsin: Eating Egyptian Pizza in Downtown Madison
The call reportedly arrived from Cairo. Pizza for the protesters, the voice said. It was Saturday, February 20th, and by then Ian's Pizza on State Street in Madison, Wisconsin, was overwhelmed. One employee had been assigned the sole task of answering the phone and taking down orders.
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Thursday, December 02, 2010
The New American Oligarchy: Creating a Country of the Rich, by the Rich, and for the Rich
There is a war underway. I'm not talking about Washington’s bloody misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq, but a war within our own borders. It’s a war fought on the airwaves, on television and radio and over the Internet, a war of words and images, of half-truth, innuendo, and raging lies. I'm talking about a political war, pitting liberals against conservatives, Democrats against Republicans. I'm talking about a spending war, fueled by stealthy front groups and deep-pocketed anonymous donors.
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Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Unemployed: Stranded on the Sidelines of a Jobs Crisis
Sometime in early June -- he's not exactly sure which day -- Rick Rembold joined history. That he doesn't remember comes as little surprise: Who wants their name etched into the record books for not having a job?
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Friday, March 12, 2010
Ponzi Nation: How Get-Rich-Quick Crime Came to Define an Era
Every great American boom and bust makes and breaks its share of crooks. The past decade -- call it the Ponzi Era -- has been no different, except for the gargantuan scale of white-collar crime. A vast wave of financial fraud swelled in the first years of the new century. Then, in 2008, with the subprime mortgage collapse, it crashed on the shore as a full-scale global economic meltdown. As that wave receded, it left hundreds of Ponzi and pyramid schemes, as well as other get-rich-quick rackets that helped fuel our recent economic frenzy, flopping on the beach.
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Monday, November 30, 2009
Housing Meltdown, Ground Zero: The American Home-Owning Dream on Life Support
I. Rescuing the Dream
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Obama vs. the Lobbyists: A Scorecard for the Future of American Politics
At the end of this summer of discontent, of death panels and unplugging poor Grandma, of birthers and astroturfers and rifle-toting picketers, the halcyon early days of the Obama administr
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Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Fast Times at Recruitment High: Arne Duncan and the Militarization of Chicago's Schools
When Arne Duncan stepped down as the head of the Chicago Public Schools to become the secretary of education in January, the school district he left behind had little to brag about. While Duncan served as its chief executive officer, CPS received mostly average or below average rankings in "The Nation's Report Card," a Department of Education assessment of the country's largest urban school districts.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The Financial Bailout: How It Scams Taxpayers, Subsidizes Wall Street, and Props Up Our Broken Financial System
On October 3rd, as the spreading economic meltdown threatened to topple financial behemoths like American International Group (AIG) and Bank of America and plunged global markets into freefall, the U.S. government responded with the largest bailout in American history. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, better known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), authorized the use of $700 billion to stabilize the nation's failing financial systems and restore the flow of credit in the economy.
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