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Did ExxonMobil Just Admit It's Still Funding Climate Science Deniers?

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.23.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

Asked on PBS NewHour whether ExxonMobil funds climate change denier organizations to malign mainstream climate science, ExxonMobil's vice president of public and government affairs replied, "Well, the answer is yes... And I will let those organizations respond for themselves."

How Much Does Immigration Increase Poverty? Less Than Robert Samuelson Thinks it Does

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Jared Bernstein

It is a common mistake to overestimate the contribution of immigration to the increase in poverty. This week's purveyor of this erroneous association is the Washington Post's Robert Samuelson, who writes in the context of a discussion about immigration reform.

The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Jack Nadel | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Jack Nadel

When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933, he was advising an anxious nation that fear itself was the...

Time to Make Job Creation a Team Sport

Frank Islam | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Frank Islam

We live in an era when self-centered individuals and extreme capitalism are extracting rather than adding value for society. As a result, the American dream is at risk for the vast majority of workers.

Jason Linkins

Welcome To The Internet, David Brooks! | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

This past weekend's Sunday shows were their typical wealth of human wreckage, what with all this stuff that happened, and also this stuff, as well as ...

The Necessity for "Muddling Through" Economics

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Surprisingly, it appears that economists may agree with one another much more frequently than is thought. We would be remiss if we did not point out that this is not necessarily a good thing for two reasons.

Barack Obama and the Transformation of American Democracy

Glen Browder | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

Whether or not Barack Obama realizes his transformational mission and becomes a great president depends not only on obvious challenges of everyday politics but how he deals with the uncertain future of American democracy.

Robert J. Samuelson Tries to Create a Moral Panic About Deficits

William K. Black | Posted 12.02.2012 | Business
William K. Black

Robert J. Samuelson deliberately misled his readers in a column devoted to denouncing Obama and Romney for misleading voters. It remains impossible to compete with unintentional self-parody.

Why Do So Many Elites Hate Social Security?

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Dave Johnson

This week there was another big attack on Social Security by another elite. This time the attack comes from a columnist. These attacks never come from people who depend on these programs (i.e. almost all of us.) Why do the privileged elites hate Social Security so much?

Jason Linkins

WaPo Misleads Readers On Deficits And Entitlements | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2012 | Media

As a habitual reader of the Washington Post, I've long become inured to some of the fun editorial quirks of that paper. For instance, it is more or le...

Andrea Stone

Millennial Generation Has Its Own AARP To Lobby For Jobs And Deals | Andrea Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One in six are unemployed, more than any other adult age group. They carry an average of $24,000 in student debt. And one in 10 have bee...


Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Speaker Boehner's remarks on Social Security are profoundly insulting to the American people. Don't worry about his attacks on the President, who can presumably take care of himself. It's the rest of us I'm worried about.

President Obama, Ignore the Advice of Your Enemies -- Fight for Social Security and Medicare

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roger Hickey

President Obama should take the high road dealing with the budget and ignore the advice of false friends like Michael Gerson and Robert Samuelson. If he refuses to capitulate to conservative blackmail, the nation will rally behind him.

Ideology, Politics and Guns

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Jonathan Chait's description of conservative economic reasoning is equally true of "gun rights" reasoning: "It begins with the conclusion and marches back through the premises."

Criticisms of an Improved Poverty Measure Go from Spin to Soap

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

My colleague Jodie Levin-Epstein, deputy director at the Center for Law and Social Policy, penned the following piece. -- Mike You don't need to be a...

Robert Samuelson's Misguided Portrayal of the New Poverty Measure

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

Last week Robert J. Samuelson wrote an ill-conceived column in The Washington Post, which among other things said the Obama administration's developme...

Robert Samuelson Cites Dodgy Numbers to Attack Health Care Reform

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Fiderer

By referencing dubious numbers from a tainted source, Samuelson seeks to establish a bogus equivalency. Yes, the Republicans lied about death panels, but Obama is dishonest too, he argues.

What if Those Crazies Are Right?

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Americans are looking for a bail-out from reality - some actions the President and Congress can take to restore the United States to its former econom...

Who Wasn't On Stage With Obama and Should Have Been?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I'm not satisfied with the roster of economic personalities and thinkers we see Barack Obama mixing with.

Sam Stein

The Iraq Recession: Debate Raging Over War's Economic Impact | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Within the halls of Congress and on editorial pages of the country's newspapers, questions are being raised as to whether the Iraq war bears responsib...