Jake Blumgart

Jake Blumgart is a freelance reporter-researcher living in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter.


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Financial journalist David Dayen talks about the 2008 fiscal crisis and his new book, Chain of Title, which tells the story of three average Americans who faced foreclosure and fought back. Read more

Economic Policy


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Bernie Sanders backers in Democrats’ Kentucky delegation, which was among the convention’s most divided, explain what made them angry and how they are moving forward. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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How many progressive changes can Jim Kenney bring to an old-style city with an antique political culture? Read more

Housing and Transportation


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The Democratic National Convention is more than a week away, but progressive organizers and Bernie Sanders enthusiasts are already staging demonstrations around town. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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To some, the reactionary forces sweeping Europe, the United States and Britain carry echoes of fascism. But historian Sheri Berman says today’s demagogues are no dictators. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Increasingly nationalized politics and media coverage scramble traditional allegiances in Pennsylvania’s senatorial and attorney general primaries. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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In the Pennsylvania Senate race, labor organizers have rallied behind the Democratic Party’s establishment pick—a familiar pattern also on display in the presidential primary. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Housing voucher recipients can move to better neighborhoods only if states and localities break down suburban barriers. Read more

Economic Policy


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An SEIU mega-local representing janitors and secruity guards rallies ahead of tough contract negotiations this fall.  Read more

Civil Rights in America



In many of South Jersey's counties, homeless people seeking services are offered a one-way ticket to Trenton or Atlantic City. Read more

Economic Policy


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The fight for union recognition at Philadelphia’s Olney High School shows the challenges of organizing charter schools. Read more

Education in America


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A yawning budget gap has accelerated school closures, but a new community-labor alliance is fighting back. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy chronicles the last days of Britain as a superpower. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture

Community wellness centers used to have bipartisan support -- that is, until they were included in the Affordable Care Act. Read more


Fifteen years after President Clinton cut a hole in the social safety net, poor Americans are paying the price. Read more


Can alliances with unions in Mexico and Europe return the United Steelworkers to its former strength at home? Read more

Special Report

Why is Barack Obama having such a difficult time undoing Bush-era damage to the Department of Labor? Read more


Snapshots of the fiscal crisis across the nation. Read more

Special Report

Maine and Washington voters are considering initiatives that would limit their state governments' ability to raise taxes -- and provide crucial social services. Read more


During past recessions, collective action among laid-off workers was common. Will this financial crisis foster a similar movement? Read more