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Greece’s Bank Holiday from Hell

It was more or less impossible for Greek banks to open on Monday, once the European Central Bank announced it was turning off emergency lending to them. Because in the absence of any increase in this so called Emergency Liquidity Assistance, the banks had no way to supply cash to Greek depositors who have been…

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We Need Not Accept Economic Stagnation

President Obama continues to hail the economic “breakthrough.” Yet in the seventh year of his presidency, few families are enjoying a breakthrough for them. Instead, most families continue to struggle through the worst economic recovery since the 1940s. We recently learned that the economy actually shrunk in the first quarter of this year, and a…

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Six Years Later, U.S. Economy Still Underperforms

The U.S. economy is nearly six years into its current economic expansion cycle and overall economic numbers continue to disappoint. Friday’s news that the U.S. economy contracted by 0.7% in the first quarter is expected to be a temporary blip in overall economic growth, but the current recovery phase remains limp and lackluster at best…