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A Tax System Stacked Against the 99 Percent (NYT)
Lots of Americans view filing their taxes as a hassle, but as Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joe Stiglitz writes, the wealthiest Americans approach Tax Day like seasoned escape artists donning their straitjackets and stepping into the water tank.
Can Dodd-Frank fix mortgage servicing if we don’t know what went wrong? (WaPo)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal writes that even as the rules for curbing mortgage abuses are being written, regulators are refusing to divulge the evidence they’ve gathered about those abuses. It’s filed away in the warehouse next to the Ark of the Covenant.
America Doesn’t Need Google Fiber Everywhere — But We Do Need Its Buzz (Wired)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford argues that as Google Fiber expands to Austin, more Americans will start to look at their own access choices and ask why telecoms are selling them candlesticks when the next town over is running on electricity.
More Cracks Undermine the Citadel of TV Profits (NYT)
David Carr writes that while the TV industry has thrived by bundling what its customers want with a ton of stuff they don’t, there’s a shift toward consumer choice — but Susan Crawford warns providers will try to ensure you either go for the Triple Play or get benched.
The Terrifying Reality of Long-Term Unemployment (The Atlantic)
Matthew O’Brien notes that being out of work for more than six months has become an inescapable trap for many workers, trumping experience or job churn in the eyes of potential employers. When you get laid off, you also get stamped with an expiration date.
Why This is the Worst Recovery on Record (Robert Reich)
Reich argues that what we’re seeing unfold around us is what happens when all the economic gains go to the top and the rest are left with nothing, but austerity advocates insist that it’s all just swamp gas and weather balloons and there’s no need to be alarmed.
Everything We Know About What’s Happened Under Sequestration (ProPublica)
Theodoric Meyer offers a comprehensive guide to what’s been cut and what’s been spared so far, with vital government functions like the White House Easter Egg Hunt being preserved while frivolities like energy research or airport control towers get shut down.
This Week in Poverty: Banks Got Nowhere to Run to, Baby (The Nation)
Greg Kaufmann looks at a grassroots effort to make working Americans’ voices heard at US Bank’s shareholder meetings — and if the bank can’t escape progressive criticism in Idaho, it may need to hold its next meeting on the International Space Station.