Jared Bernstein

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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Jared Bernstein is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He is the author of several books, including All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy , Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed? (And Other Unsolved Economic Mysteries), and The Reconnection Agenda: Reuniting Growth and Prosperity.

From 2009-20011, Bernstein served as chief economist and economic-policy advisor to Vice-President Joe Biden and as executive director of his Middle Class Task Force. A former Senior Economist with the Economic Policy Institute, he served as an economist in the Labor Department during the Clinton Administration and as an informal advisor to Barak Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

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A Left-only panel and a Right-only panel debate the future in this special episode

The future of the Left and the Right: what’s next?

A Left-only panel and a Right-only panel debate the future in this special episode

from Left, Right & Center

President Trump announced Thursday that he will put tariffs on imported aluminum and steel. On Friday, he tweeted, “trade wars are good, and easy to win.”

After Trump's tariff announcement, will the U.S. end up in a trade war?

President Trump announced Thursday that he will put tariffs on imported aluminum and steel. On Friday, he tweeted, “trade wars are good, and easy to win.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Many conservatives hoped for a tax bill would lower corporate rates, close loopholes, remove some distortions from the code and give average Americans a tax break.

Tax cuts for the few

Many conservatives hoped for a tax bill would lower corporate rates, close loopholes, remove some distortions from the code and give average Americans a tax break.

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Lots of news this week.

from Left, Right & Center

What did President Trump do this time?

from Left, Right & Center

... there's a lot to discuss after last night's Democratic presidential debate.

from Left, Right & Center

Jet aircraft, carrier task forces and tanks consume vast amounts of fossil fuel--while emitting vast amounts of greenhouse gases. The Pentagon’s carbon footprint is bigger than those of many entire nations. Now, it’s caught in the middle. It’s a massive contributor to climate change, which is threatening its mission worldwide. Seaports and airstrips are being flooded or burned out, and restoring operations costs many millions of dollars. Meantime, environmental damage is leading to instability and the prospect of international violence. Water shortages have increased tensions in the Middle East and caused new hostilities between India and Pakistan, two nuclear powers. Russia and China are taking advantage of changing conditions. Will politicians who scorn environmentalists and mistrust climate scientists listen to the warnings of military leaders?

from To the Point

A state bill called AB 5 would require businesses that rely on independent contractors to reclassify them as employees and offer benefits such as health insurance and sick pay. There’s…

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The House Judiciary Committee will vote this week to formalize impeachment investigation procedures

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

A cartoon on the cover of the Economist says it all: leaders of the world’s two foremost democracies are scrambling to hold on. President Trump is faced with the possibility of impeachment. In the interests of Brexit, Boris Johnson is accused of lying to the Queen and defying Parliament. In both countries, voters are losing trust not just in their elected leaders but in their governments. The UK and the US aren’t alone, as the ideals of western democracy are being challenged by demagogues in other parts of the world.

from To the Point

Despite mounting evidence, Republicans in the House and the Senate are defending President Trump or keeping their heads down. Veteran GOP conservatives accuse them of sacrificing morality for short-term political gain. Meantime the Trump Administration calls the impeachment inquiry “unconstitutional,” while legal scholars point out that it’s part of Article II. And how did Ukraine, an obscure former Soviet republic, become so important? Money.

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Climate change is an existential crisis. If Americans cut just one hamburger from their diet every week, it would be like taking 10 million cars off the road every year. After cutting energy use, less meat and more plant-based food add up to the easiest--and healthiest--way to reduce your carbon footprint. From the land and water needed to raise feed and the methane produced at the end of digestion, “Cattle are actually mini fossil-fuel, greenhouse gas producers.” So says Sujatha Bergen, head of health campaigns at the NRDC. As her title suggests, eliminating beef from your diet--in addition to pork and lamb-- is also better for you. She explains the trade-offs for helping to reduce climate change and says, “Starting with your fork is much less daunting for many people.”

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