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5 Reasons Foreign Policy Matters to American Youth

Michael Thompson | Posted 10.30.2012 | Teen
Michael Thompson

This election season, one issue is consistently put on the backburner: foreign policy. Below are five reasons foreign policy is important to American youth (and everyone else).

RNC 2012: The GOP's Confusion and Lies About the Debt

Bob Cesca | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

If these confused, self-contradictory people truly wanted to be responsible for cutting government spending, building their own businesses and financing their own disaster relief, perhaps they should be challenged to do so.

No Job Growth Under 'Regime Uncertainty'

Mary L. G. Theroux | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Mary L. G. Theroux

Washington needs to reverse the past decade's pattern of runaway federal spending and mounting debt -- settling monetary, tax, and regulatory policies to predictable, reasonable levels that encourage investment. That truly would get America back to work.

5 Issues Being Debated This Election That Affect Teens

Sam Koppelman | Posted 10.23.2012 | Teen
Sam Koppelman

Here are five issues being debated this election that, depending on who wins, could drastically alter the lives of teens around the country.

Ryan/Romney Debt Plan Throws Middle Class Under the Bus With the Poor

Daniel Dicker | Posted 10.21.2012 | Business
Daniel Dicker

We know how the Ryan/Romney budget plan to tackle our debt throws the poor, infirm and the elderly under a bus. But it is increasingly clear how this budget plan, while not even serious about tackling our national debt, would throw the middle class under it as well.

The Bernanke Cliff

Michael Pento | Posted 10.20.2012 | Business
Michael Pento

There is indeed a real fiscal cliff that the United States is racing towards. It's the very same cliff that Europe has already dived over. That cliff is based on the collapse of our debt and dollar markets, resulting from the lost faith on the part of international investors.

Jon Ward

The Most Frustrated Man In Washington | Jon Ward | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was the middle of the afternoon, and Tom Coburn was steaming. It wasn't the weather. The Republican senator from Oklahoma had had ...

Ron Paul: Why Isn't He Excited About the Nomination of Paul Ryan?

Laura Trice | Posted 10.13.2012 | Politics
Laura Trice

With many Republicans excited about Paul Ryan's being selected as Mitt Romney's running mate, there is one Republican who is less than enthusiastic: Dr. Ron Paul.

Jon Ward

Paul Ryan's Challenge: Find The Right Amount Of Wonk | Jon Ward | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics

NORFOLK, Va. -- One could easily imagine Democratic operatives cackling to themselves, "You're not in think tank-world anymore, Ryan!" as they watched...

A Look At Who Owns America's Debt

Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

As of summer 2012, the federal government’s outstanding debt surpassed $15 trillion. Who are the nation’s creditors? The government owes the most ...

Jon Ward

Obama Mounts Deficit-Tax Cut Whipsaw Attack On Romney | Jon Ward | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "To cut the deficit, we need everyone to pay their fair share." That's how President Barack Obama ended a 30-second commercial his re...

National Debt? No Such Thing

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Enough is enough. Let's demand a stop to all austerity policies until our leaders promise to end offshore tax abuse. And if they won't, let's elect leaders this November who will.

Tax Cuts, Like Spending Cuts, Must Be Fair

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

It's time we recognize the sobering reality that if we're going to plug the hole in our national balance sheets while still continuing to invest in our future, we have to find a balance between spending cuts and revenue increases.

Talking 'Bout a Revolution

Ali MacLean | Posted 09.17.2012 | Comedy
Ali MacLean

A guy sort of rolled his eyes and churlishly mumbled, "Why should we care in the U.S. about some dumb French holiday?" All rudeness aside, I decided to explain it to him. I love talking to churlish brick walls. I'm like a perky, blond Sisyphus.

Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our World

Mattea Kramer | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

We're at the edge of the cliff of deficit disaster! National security spending is being, or will soon be, slashed to the bone! Obamacare will sink the ship of state! Each of these claims has grabbed national attention in a big way, sucking up years' worth of precious airtime.

Is Romance Out of the Question Post-50?

Pat Gallagher | Posted 09.09.2012 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

I hate blind dates and Internet dating sites, but I'm looking for someone with low cholesterol levels.

Jon Ward

'Cage Match' Raises Question: What Is Government 'As We Know It'? | Jon Ward | Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Washington think tank debates are, as a rule, excruciatingly boring. And a "cage match" Monday night between two scholars at the American...

The New Jobs Report and Republican Economic Sabotage

Bob Cesca | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

No, the economy isn't crashing and burning, even though the Republicans seem to really, really want it to. However, we can only imagine what the recovery might have looked like if half of the country was more tethered to reality.

The Truth About the President and the Deficit, Continued...

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Whatever your Republican friends might say about the evils of government spending, one thing is always -- always! -- true. High government spending creates jobs.

The Truth About the President and the Deficit

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Arguably the biggest lie coming from the Republicans and the Romney campaign is that President Obama is a tax and spend liberal who's directly and personally responsible for record deficits and a crushing national debt.

Because They Can

James Kwak | Posted 07.17.2012 | Business
James Kwak

It seems as if the Republicans are trying to turn the national debt back into a major political issue. Despite their abysmal record when it comes to fiscal responsibility, it could still turn out to be smart politics, for a few reasons.

What's Really Behind the War on Women

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.02.2012 | Women
Toni Nagy

The more alienated we feel from each other, the easier we are to manipulate and distract.

Why Societies Fail: The 'Other' Consequences of Debt

American Anthropological Association | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

What will likely be absent in the inevitable debt debate before the election is any consideration of the relationship of debt to the requirement for perpetual economic growth and its role in the dramatic increase in economic inequality.

An Optimal Solution to U.S. Health Care

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 06.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Nake M. Kamrany

Health care should be treated as a basic human rights issue, and that is the way it is being treated in most of the European Union.

A Drop In The Bucket

David Oskutis | Posted 06.25.2012 | Books
David Oskutis

My idea came to me when I first started hearing about all of the teacher layoffs that began in Wisconsin, and has quickly spread throughout the country.