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Cities Running on Fumes: Where Was the Fuel in the SOTU?

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

In his State of the Union address, President Obama missed an opportunity to explain how his plans for economic growth, job creation, and the middle class can truly succeed. We need spending, not cuts.

New Report: 2009 a Mix of Highs and Lows for Pro-Choice Americans

Nancy Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Keenan

A new report arrives as Congress continues to debate abortion coverage in health-care reform, reflecting a mix of progress and setbacks for choice across the country.

Mocking Mottos: Find Out What Really Defines Your State!

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Hello, readers! We've decided it's time to update our state mottos...with lots and lots of mockery. Hundreds of you have submitted via email and comme...

Want To Be Happier? You May Need To Move | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

New research suggests U.S. states with wealthier, better educated and more tolerant residents are also happier on average....

50 Best Places To Start A Small Business

FORTUNE Small Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Fortune Small Business ranks the 50 best places to start a small business in the U.S. ...

Most States Have Yet to Claim Emergency TANF Funds

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

The TANF Emergency Fund is potentially an important resource for states, which get four federal dollars from the fund for each dollar they put up.

Dreaming of Recovery

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

The benefits of the stimulus are manifest, but in their fervor to support an example of good government spending, many overzealous supporters have ceded control over the term "recovery" to, well, economists.

Emerging GOP Theme: Nullification

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The code words change over time (from "nullification" to "states' rights" to Pawlenty's "state sovereignty"), but the idea is the same -- we retain the right to ignore any laws we don't feel like following.

Overstimulated: Governors Got The Goods

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

If the federal government does not turn its attention to urban areas soon, not only will city residents suffer disproportionately from the downturn but the entire economic recovery will be slowed.

Let the States Decide: Proposing an Optional Public Option for Health Reform

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

Is there any way to make the public plan option more palatable to the public? I believe there is.

Ailing States Face Bleak Outlook For Next Fiscal Year

Washington Post | Keith B. Richburg and Ashley Surdin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As states across the country grapple with the worst economy in decades, most have cut services, forced workers to take unpaid days off, shut offices s...

States Where The Unemployed Have Stopped Looking For Jobs

US News and World Report | Liz Wolgemuth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In some U.S. states, nearly half of the job seekers who have stopped looking for work have done so because they simply don't believe they'll find anyt...

Realigning The Third Wheel

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

While the stimulus package directed $140 billion to state governments, the recovery act sent very little money directly to cities, which would generate longer-term dividends for federalism.

The States of Health Care Reform

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

This is less a debate about health care reform and more a debate about federalism.

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment: The Worst-Hit States In June (MAP) | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Michigan continues to lead the nation in unemployment with a rate of 15.2 percent in June, the government announced on Friday. Michigan, which saw the...

We Could Get the Third Stimulus Wrong

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

The need for federal aid for states is indisputable. But there are better ways to target stimulus funds than with a grant program like General Revenue Sharing.

Some Hard-Hit States Get Less Stimulus Money

Wall Street Journal | LOUISE RADNOFSKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Some of the states worst hit by the recession are getting far less federal economic-stimulus money per person than states faring better. Nevada, wh...

Why I'm Not Freaked Out About the Waxman-Markey Bill

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

There is no reason to think that this bill is going to be Obama's only legacy on energy. Already there's been the stimulus bill, the new mileage standards and the big climate impacts report.

President Obama Reverses Bush Administration's Preemption Policy

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Yesterday, the Obama administration recognized that states serve as "laboratories of democracy" and often are the most aggressive defenders of public health, safety, and the environment.

Yes, Maria Bartiromo, There Is Class Warfare

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Tasini

What was most interesting about my debate with CNBC's anchor Maria Bartiromo is how she became speechless -- and that ain't no easy feat -- when I challenged her about class warfare.

States Slashing Social Safety Nets

New York Times | ERIK ECKHOLM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Battered by the recession and the deepest and most widespread budget deficits in several decades, a large majority of states are slicing into their so...

Cash-Hungry States Turning To Web To Auction Goods

Reuters | Tom Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. municipalities, strapped for cash as the recession decimates revenues, are stepping up sales of everything from old police cars, helicopters and ...

Utah, Hawaii, Wyoming Top "Happiness" Poll

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Looking for happiness _ it's family-friendly communities for some, tropical paradise or the rugged West for others. A survey of Ame...

Early push positioned states for green jobs now

AP | DIRK LAMMERS and SANDY SHORE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The same week that automakers sought billions in aid to avoid bankruptcy, two states, including Michigan, announced huge alt...

Thanksgiving and People On The Wrong Side Of The Economic Table

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

When I passed the stockbroker's test many years ago, I called my father and asked, "Why is futures trading legal but betting on the Bengals illegal?" There is no logical answer.