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In a new OpEd, Dean Baker weighs in on the Fed's decision to raise interest rates later this year. Dean points out that this policy would have have a significant impact on the labor market, potentially costing the economy over 200,000 new jobs.

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Economy Adds 295,000 Jobs in February

The labor market produced another strong month in February, with employers adding 295,000 jobs in the month. While there were small downward revisions to the January numbers, this still left the three month average at 288,000. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, its lowest level since May of 2008. More in this month's Jobs Byte.

More of the Same Won’t Work in Central America

The White House's request for $1b to replicate Plan Colombia in Central America won't solve the region's ongoing human rights, economic and crime woes, CEPR's Alexander Main writes in a recent op-ed for The Hill and a comment in the Latin America Advisor. Instead, Alex suggests that the U.S. “stop feeding the beast” – rights-abusing security forces.


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What is Behind the Collapse of the Centre Left Parties in Europe?
The Real News Network, March 25, 2015


Fed Edition
Boom Bust (RT), March 19, 2015


Escalating Tensions Between the US and Venezuela
The Diane Rehm Show, March 11, 2015


Is the Uber Economy Bad For Workers?
Marketplace, March 10, 2015


Greece’s Next Move
The New Yorker, March 02, 2015


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The Big Picture (RT), February 24, 2015

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