David Dayen


David Dayen is the executive editor of The American Prospect. His work has appeared in The Intercept, The New Republic, HuffPost, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and more. His first book, Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud, winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize, was released by The New Press in 2016.

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Why surprise billing legislation broke down, and how the coronavirus outbreak makes this unforgivable—and potentially deadly. Read more

Health and Social Policy

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Group purchasing organizations (GPOs) have driven many of the generic drug manufacturers out of business, and pushed those remaining to locate factories in China, ground zero for the epidemic. Read more

Health and Social Policy

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A bipartisan tradition of no prosecutions and weak fines against big banks continues. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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The last question in the debate revealed that the entire field sees Sanders as the likely delegate leader once voting ends. Read more

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James Jacoby, one of the filmmakers behind a PBS Frontline documentary, discusses Amazon’s bid for economic transformation. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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He was angered that senior advocates would organize to stop cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. He also praised Paul Ryan. Read more

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Anchors, commentators, and contributors at the top broadcast and cable news organizations will be featured—and highly paid—speakers at major industry conferences this spring. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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The presidential candidate is a mirror image of Trump. Read more


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The scuffle in Nevada will look a lot like other fights with stakeholders in health care reform. Read more

Working in America

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An unusual attack on a pro-labor candidate is all about Medicare for All. Read more



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The world has given over much of its manufacturing supply chain to China. That has magnified vulnerability to a pandemic shock. Read more

America and the World


Victor Juhasz

And where the polling is more mixed says a lot about where Democratic politics focuses its energies these days. Read more

Day One Agenda

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He represents an establishment that has put its own position in the party above the party’s success. It’s time to go. Read more


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The Iowa caucus disaster is a function of a broken economic structure that rewards con artistry over competence. Read more


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Using a resolution of disapproval, Democrats can force every senator and representative to state their position on the Trump administration’s block grant scheme. Read more

Health and Social Policy

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Scores of center-left think tanks, consumer, civil rights, and human rights groups attend a summit at Google headquarters, which critics term ‘soft capture.’ Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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The mega-bank has been negotiating a settlement in the extravagant 1MDB fraud scheme. But the case, which impoverished a whole country, reveals that Goldman remains unreformed, unchained, and too big to regulate. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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This week’s invite features more corporate issue advocacy in the guise of promoting discussion. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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The candidate with the most money, most committed supporters, and now the highest early-state poll numbers was dismissed by the Democratic establishment for months. It was a disqualifying mistake. Read more

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Though the Congressional Budget Office is obscure to most Americans, politicians have enabled it to stand in the way of progressive ambitions. They don’t have to. Read more


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