Lacey Donohue · 12/28/13 12:22PM

Approximately 1.3 million unemployed Americans lost their jobless benefits Saturday as the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program expired. "I don't know what we're going to do," said unemployed case manager Richard Mattos, 59, of Salem, Ore. "We could end up homeless because of this."

Minnesota Shutdown Blues: No Beer, No Cigarettes, and Poop Everywhere

Jim Newell · 07/13/11 03:19PM

The ongoing Minnesota government shutdown is dragging the state into a new phase of No Fun Whatsoever, due to the shuttered state offices and programs that aren't handling day-to-day matters as usual. Do you Minnesotans like to drink beer or smoke cigarettes or not see poopy everywhere? Then for now, at least, you'll have to pack up your bindles and migrate down Iowa-way.

The Entire Housing Boom Has Been Erased

Hamilton Nolan · 02/01/11 10:32AM

The American Dream is owning your own home. We heard that so many times in the past decade! Remember that? That was before the recession and all. Now, a brutal landmark: all the past decade's home ownership gains are gone.

Girl Scouts Down to Their Last Six Cookies

Hamilton Nolan · 01/27/11 11:30AM

Girl Scout Cookies are an apt metaphor for our economy: it was working just fine. Then someone got the bright idea to hugely expand it. Then it collapsed. Soon, there will be just six kinds of Girl Scout cookies left.

Crappy State Schools Will Soon Be Unaffordable, Crappier

Hamilton Nolan · 01/24/11 02:56PM

A sunny reenactment of recent trends in American higher education: due to the recession, enrollment rises. Due to the recession, state funding was down. Federal stimulus funds provide momentary rescue! And now: federal funds end. States are still broke. Urgh.

Yale Freezes Over

Hamilton Nolan · 02/04/10 10:33AM

Yale's endowment has recently plummeted to a marginally less insane multiple of billions of dollars. In addition to layoffs and salary freezes, the nobles of New Haven may soon find themselves subjected to an agonizing bout of extreme survival training.

Get Your Sexy 'Recession Roommate,' Cheap!

Hamilton Nolan · 10/23/09 11:48AM

Ladiessssssss: Are you mature? Drama free? Down on your luck? Looking for a beautiful West Village apartment, but only have $275 to pay for rent? Are you willing to share a bed with this dude? Then it's your lucky day.