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Universal Health Insurance and the Failure of Liberal Framing

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

Obama's health care program, with its private doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, isn't close to socialism, of course. But is it close enough to liberalism?

It's The Housing, Stupid

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.03.2012 | Business

Scientists aren't sure, but some think earth may have more than one moon. One thing that is sure is that you need to know seven and a half things each...

Why Health Care Isn't Broccoli -- Some Basic Economics

Henry Aaron | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Henry Aaron

It isn't often that the course of history turns on principles taught in freshman economics. But the fate of the health reform legislation is now in jeopardy in part because some Supreme Court justices have so far failed to grasp such principles.

The Dallas Fed and Too-Big-to-Fail

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.30.2012 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Texas survived and again prospered, but in politicians like Rick Perry and Ron Paul it still displays a broad populist streak that includes enthusiastically bashing the Fed.

We Burned Through Our Savings

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business

Back in the good old days of the mid-2000s, before that whole unpleasantness with the global financial crisis and the near-depression and what have yo...

The Myth of the Myth of the Disappearing Middle Class

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.30.2012 | Money
Jared Bernstein

"The myth of the disappearing middle class" is a canard. Indeed, most living standards analysts think of the middle class as some chunk in the middle of the income distribution -- say the middle fifth or some variation therein -- which of course cannot by definition "disappear." I've been writing about middle class economics for decades and not once did I or my colleagues argue "disappearance." However, we did, and do, argue that the wage and income growth of middle class workers and families has weakened over time -- that the middle class has become increasingly squeezed. To understand the middle class squeeze, you've got to look at wages and hours.

Buddhist Economic Wisdom For Falling Back In Love With Mother Earth

John Stanley | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
John Stanley

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh believes that putting an economic value on nature is not enough. Fundamental change can happen only if we fall back in love with our planet.

Bloomberg Businessweek on Obama, Economic Steward

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.28.2012 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Mostly, it seems to mean that if Obama doesn't fully embrace your economic faith, then he has no faith at all, that he's a sort of economic atheist. But that's not the case at all.

Wealth Inequality and Women of Color: A National Emergency

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 05.27.2012 | Money
Dedrick Muhammad

Black History Month and Women's History Month are often viewed as separate entities. But black women and other women of color know that their economic circumstances are affected by being both a person of color and a woman.

It's Not Capitalism, It's Cruelty

Kenneth Kales | Posted 05.27.2012 | Business
Kenneth Kales

While we can show the proper self restraint to not take advantage of our power, cruel people will tear the faces off of civility and decency if given the chance. Please remember this. Because as the flood waters of the Great Recession recede, the cruel are wanting to nestle back in to their nests.

Re-Thinking Old Age: In the National Interest

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.24.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As Americans live longer is it any wonder the country is struggling to balance its budget? Is it any wonder we can't figure out how to pay for long-standing "entitlements"?

How Johnny Depp Helped Gulf of Aden Pirates Go Legit

James Doran | Posted 05.22.2012 | World
James Doran

Johnny Depp has a lot to answer for. The "mockney" drawl, the swagger and the healthy disdain for maritime authorities he perfected as Captain Jack Sparrow lent a cachet to piracy that had eluded the profession for centuries.

Americans: Our Economic Model Is Broken

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business

If the economy's so great, then why do so many of us feel bad about it? A new survey finds that a large majority of Americans think the country's "...

"We Are the 99 Percent" -- The Unlikely Journey of a Revolutionary Slogan

Jigar Bhatt | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business
Jigar Bhatt

Could it be, I asked myself? Could these activists and my niece's generation be defining themselves in terms of rigorous quantitative analysis on inequality in top economics journals?

What Can Ben Do For You?

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.13.2012 | Business

Here comes your nineteenth nervous breakdown. But first, here come the seven and a half things you need to know today: Thing One: Fed Up: Once upon...

Art Without Borders

John M. Eger | Posted 05.12.2012 | Arts
John M. Eger

Just a few blocks away is Arturo Rodriquez's La Caja, a converted warehouse where artists from Tijuana and around the world are beautifully exhibited, and where San Diegans and locals visit for food and wine with their art.

Dave Jamieson

Romney Walks Back Controversial Wage Comments | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Back in January, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was asked at a campaign event in New Hampshire whether he supported the idea of ra...

5 Scientists (and Dr. Oz) Make Clean Air Sense

Ronnie Citron-Fink | Posted 05.07.2012 | Green
Ronnie Citron-Fink

Scientists know that stripping the EPA of its ability to protect our children against environmental pollutants means more asthma attacks, more respiratory illnesses and disease, and more premature deaths.

What If Football 'Competed' Like Healthcare?

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.06.2012 | Business
Deane Waldman

In health care, there is no agreement upon goals and therefore, you don't know where the goalposts are that you must defend.

From a Beach in Sierra Leone: A Sustainable Manifesto

Filippo Bozotti | Posted 05.05.2012 | World
Filippo Bozotti

There are three pillars to sustainability: economic, environmental and social.

National Medal Awards at the White House

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Every visit to the White House is special, but there is something very exciting about witnessing this event. Perhaps it is because I am a painter and I understand the years of work that went into what they have achieved and I can rejoice with them in their successes.

Economy Scores Passing Grade, Today Anyway

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.01.2012 | Business

President Obama has bet a second term on selling an economic comeback. A big truckload of economic data released today suggests he's not losing that b...

Obama's Big Bet

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.01.2012 | Business

Thing One: Sexy Sexy Economic Sex: We should put a brown wrapper around this blog post today, or do an age check or something, because this is going t...

Can We Please Stop Giving This Man Important Jobs Now?

Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.30.2012 | Business
Mark Gongloff

What exactly does Larry Summers have to do to stop being offered important jobs? Hold up a liquor store? Kill a guy? That is the question many are as...

Blame Ben: Seven And A Half Things To Know

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business

Leap Day comes along only once every four years, but you need to know seven and a half things every day. Here's your daily allotment: Thing One: Al...