By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal
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What's the Deal: How to Make the Financial System Safer for Everyone with Mike Konczal (YouTube)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal explains why banks need higher capital standards to prevent another collapse and discusses the economic reform issues that the Roosevelt Institute will be working on throughout 2014.
Obama's Budget and the Politics of Poverty (To The Point)
Mike Konczal speaks with Warren Olney about how the parties aim to split the budget for anti-poverty programs. The GOP would increase funding for some programs, but at the cost of others.
Paul Ryan Accidentally Makes the Case Against Means-Testing (MSNBC)
When Paul Ryan brings up a child who feels unloved because he gets free lunch instead of a brown-bag lunch, Ned Resnikoff sees an opening for giving all students free lunch.
Together, New Haven Activists and Leaders Strike Back Against Wage Theft (In These Times)
For the first time, local police brought larceny charges against an employer who shortchanged his workers. Melinda Tuhus says these steps will help to protect low-wage workers, including undocumented workers.
Unions and Job Security (PolicyShop)
Matt Bruenig counters a recent argument that unions can't provide real job security anymore. He says the point isn't absolute job security anyway, but safety from firing without cause.
The Foreclosure Nightmare Isn’t Over Yet (MSNBC)
Suzy Khimm reports on one family's five-year fight against foreclosure in Maryland. Policies requiring mediation have kept them in limbo, as have the mortgage servicer's repeated runarounds.
Democrat Says CFTC's Low Budget 'Sucks' (The Hill)
Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) says that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's lack of sufficient funding could be very dangerous if it handicaps enforcement, reports Tim Devaney.