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The Roosevelt Rundown is an email series featuring the Roosevelt Institute’s top 5 stories of the week. 1. #BreakUpAmazon This morning Amazon announced its planned purchase of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. This may sound like good news to American consumers, however, as Roosevelt’s Research Director and Fellow Marshall Steinbaum and Program Manager Eric Harris Bernstein

On Thursday, December 8, 2016, Roosevelt Fellow Mike Konczal testified before the House Financial Services Committee regarding a proposed rollback of Dodd-Frank regulations. Click here to watch the hearing. His prepared testimony is embedded below and available for download here.

Mike Konczal

Mike Konczal is a Fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, where he works on financial reform, unemployment, inequality, and a progressive vision of the economy. His blog, Rortybomb, was named one of the 25 Best Financial Blogs by Time magazine. His writing has appeared in the Boston Review, The American Prospect, the Washington Monthly, The Nation, Slate, and Dissent, and

Leading up to the first Democratic debate on October 13th, Roosevelt Fellow Mike Konczal talked with CBS News about the different proposals to increase taxes on Wall Street. On whether or not creating a tax on trades was a good idea, Konczal said: It’s only one piece of the puzzle, but an important piece. And done

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After Hillary Clinton released her financial reform agenda in early October, Roosevelt’s Mike Konczal compared her plan and Bernie Sanders’ plan against the “Elizabeth Warren test” for financial reform. The Elizabeth Warren test calls for five key pieces of financial reform: defending Dodd-Frank, increasing enforcement, reining in the shadow banking industry, a financial transaction tax, and breaking

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After the Federal Reserve decided not to raise interest rates in September, Roosevelt’s Mike Konczal joined the Economic Policy Institute’s Tom Palley and Bloomberg TV’s Alix Steel and Joe Weisenthal on “What’d You Miss?” to discuss what it could mean for wages across the US. Watch Will U.S. Wages Remain Under Pressure?

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Roosevelt Fellow Mike Konczal appeared on CSPAN to debate the Cato Institute’s Mark Calabria about Wall Street Regulations and take calls from listeners. Watch the segment on Wall Street Regulations.

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In anticipation of Hilary Clinton’s plan to discourage short-term investing by Wall Street and companies, Washington Post’s Jim Tankersley talked with Roosevelt Mike Konczal about all aspects of short-termism and how to combat it. Konczal told Wonkblog: Curbing short-term staples like manipulative buybacks and tax incentives for CEO pay are important, but it’s equally important

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Reimagining Social Insurance

A more humane economy requires greater economic security. We at Roosevelt are mourning the continued assault on Black lives, from COVID-19, police brutality, and beyond. We stand in solidarity with you. How Unemployment Insurance Supports Economic Freedom The CARES Act’s expansion of the unemployment insurance system—though flawed—has been vital for the more than 40 million

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What to watch, read, and listen to over the long weekend. The regular Roosevelt Rundown will be back next Friday. We wish you and yours a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend! What We’re Watching Paul Krugman on the Dangerous Return to Austerity and How to Stop It – Groundwork Collaborative Nobel Prize-Winning Economist: US