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Smart v. Stupid: Republicans are aiming to end retirement so they can depress wages for everyone. Read more»

It didn’t take long for American conservatives to start criticizing President Obama’s decision to intervene militarily in Libya once UN-authorized military action began. And it won’t take long for them to start anew after the his prime time television address Monday night. Read more»

The burned-out remains of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York's Greenwich Village neighborhood are shown in 1911. The fire killed 146 workers, mainly young immigrant women and girls, and became a touchstone for the organized labor movement.

The centennial anniversary of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurs Friday. The fire killed 146 workers, mainly young immigrant women and girls, and became a touchstone for the organized labor movement. Read more»

Social Security - the foundation of the modern U.S. pension system - has proven to be resounding success. We can and we will find reasonable ways to make it stable without switching to a risky privatization system. I am unwilling to gamble with seniors' financial security in the stock market. Read more» 1

Child laborers at Avondale Mills in Avondale (now Birmingham), Alabama. Photograph by Lewis Hine for the National Child Labor Committee, November 1910.

Opinion: Spend a week listening to the right, and you'll think the founders were all modern-day Tea Partiers. It's enough to make you think they're just making it up as they go along. Yet the reality is even worse. When the right's view of the Constitution was ascendant 75 years ago, basic protections such as a restriction on child labor were declared unconstitutional. Read more»