Commentary

An increasing number of older Americans find themselves deep in credit card debt or even filing for bankruptcy.

Senior Fellow George Packer explores how the Iraq war has always been a war about big ideas — including some very bad ideas.

Only two serious, and competing, versions of the Iraq war's meaning are left standing: one, that this is a war against tyranny and for democracy; the other, that this is a war of American domination. It's about liberalism, or it's about imperialism.

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NEW YORK -- On May 20, 1993, President Clinton signed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) -- the aptly nicknamed "Motor Voter" Law -- as a landmark step forward in making our voting process more accessible to all citizens. Eleven years later, and just months before a national election, it is high time for officials charged with its implementation to help the law truly achieve its potential.

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NEW YORK - Sixty years ago, Congress enacted legislation that would transform the nation's social and economic landscape in ways unimaginable at the time. On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen's Readjustment Act, commonly known as the GI Bill. Now , the GI bill remains exceptional not only for the massive expansion of middle-class America that it spurred, but also for reasons less obvious and less celebrated.

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Senior Fellow George Packer explores the possibilities for building democracy in postwar Iraq.

Yet perhaps the greatest mistake made by the architects of the war was to assume that their vision of a liberal state would be eagerly embraced by an ethnically divided, overwhelmingly Islamic country with a long history of dictatorship.

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Senior Fellow David Callahan explores who gets what in Colorado politics during an era of Republican ascendancy and economic inequality.

It's true that economic and political inequality are self-reinforcing trends that have helped to lock in power for the wealthy. But that's only part of the story. These two trends have had the most impact in places most affected by another big shift of the past decade: rising conservative activism.

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Demos President Miles Rapoport and Senior Fellow David Smith argue that the best way to address growing economic inequality is with wider political participation.

Our system is entrenching inequality rather than promoting broad upward mobility. As this series of articles has shown, economic and political inequality are mutually reinforcing. So what can we do to reverse this vicious cycle?

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Senior Fellow Nomi Prins explains why it is so difficult to bring to justice leading wrongdoers in the recent corporate scandals.

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Senior Fellow Nomi Prins argues that Washington needs to do more to ensure that seniors are secure in their retirement.

It's a scary world if you want to live a long life. All three forms of retirement benefits are under attack: Social Security, Medicare and private pension plans. Either they're bombarded by rumors of eventual depletion or undergoing enormous restructuring.

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EOP Director Tamara Draut explains how billions of dollars are being taken from the wallets of ordinary Americans through practices that were once considered usury and illegal.

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