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In the Public Interest: What Do Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Warren, and Barack Obama Have in Common?

Posted January 27, 2012 | 01/27/12 09:59 AM ET

It's been a big week for calling out corporate tax dodgers.

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama called for an economy where "everyone plays by the same set of rules" and where companies can't avoid taxes by shifting profits overseas. He acknowledged what we've been saying for...

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In the Public Interest: Deficit Reduction That Should Be Easy

2 Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 11/30/11 05:10 PM ET

Amazing. A congressional committee forms to develop a plan to reduce the deficit. The committee fails but, in the meantime, proposals in Congress to undo previously agreed to cuts and to expand tax loopholes - both of which will increase the deficit - gain steam. A Congress supposedly focused on...

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In The Public Interest : Fast Trains Don't Belong to Either Party

Posted November 10, 2010 | 11/10/10 10:35 AM ET

Now that Republicans have made substantial gains in both houses of Congress and taken the Governor's mansion in several states, pundits and passenger rail critics have been quick to write obituaries for President Obama's vision of a national high-speed network. Doing so is both premature and...

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Better Transportation Investment Creates More Jobs

Posted September 16, 2010 | 09/16/10 01:37 PM ET

With almost one in ten American workers currently unemployed, smart investment in infrastructure is an efficient way to create jobs right now. The job creation potential of infrastructure has been well-documented. Economists Mark Zandi and Alan Blinder, for example, explain in a report they coauthored that every dollar...

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