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Taxpayers Subsidize Restaurant Pay

Sarah Anderson | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

More than four million Americans work in the full service restaurant industry. Of these, nearly half rely on public assistance for their family's basic needs, according to Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United researchers.

Time to End Fuel Subsidies

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.16.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

What's wrong with using tax-payers' money to make energy more affordable for everyone? The first problem is that not "everyone" benefits equally. In the average developing country, two thirds of gasoline subsidies go to the rich and only 3 percent go to the poor.

We Need to Finance and Subsidize Mass Transit

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Anyone riding mass transit in the New York region this past winter has seen the stress that this old system is under. Delayed trains, decaying stations, and more crowded cars are increasingly common. There is little question that the system needs a cash infusion for long-term capital improvements and short-term operation and maintenance.

Supreme Court Case Could Unravel Parts of ACA

Alex Tolbert | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Alex Tolbert

Whatever the outcome, the King v. Burwell case has huge implications for the future of the Affordable Care Act. While the hearings start today, a decision won't likely be passed down until June. Here are the three possible outcomes of this case.

Jonathan Cohn

How 'The Joy Of Cooking' Explains The Absurdity Of The Obamacare Lawsuit

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will consider a lawsuit that, if successful, would cause millions of people to lose health insurance -- and millions m...

Obamacare on the Docket Again

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress have been saying for five years now that their top priority is to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. The problem, however, is that they are now scrambling to come up with something (anything!) that would help convince John Roberts to vote against the ACA.

Jonathan Cohn

The Twisted, Tortured Path Obamacare Took Back To The Supreme Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

The stakes were high three years ago when the Supreme Court heard NFIB v. Sebelius, the case challenging Obamacare’s individual mandate and threaten...

Can the Middle East End Its Addiction to Cheap Oil?

OpedSpace | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business
OpedSpace

The lower cost in global fuel prices can provide a unique avenue for countries to carry out energy subsidy reforms and develop energy efficiency programs with a much smaller negative effects on the population than otherwise.

Jonathan Cohn

Phil Gramm's 'Freedom Option' Reveals The GOP's Real Agenda For Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

With oral arguments in King v. Burwell just eight days away, Republicans are talking more and more about what they’ll do if the Supreme Court sides ...

Jonathan Cohn

GOP Senator Insists Case For Obamacare Lawsuit Is 'Clear,' Then Shows Why It Isn't

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Monday tried to argue that something he wrote in 2010 does not undercut the premise of the anti-Obamacare l...

Jonathan Cohn

This Email From A Senate Aide Contradicts A Key Premise Of The Obamacare Lawsuit

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics

The premise of the latest legal attack on Obamacare has always been shaky. An email that a key Senate staffer wrote in January 2010 would appear to ma...

Here's How Health Insurers Dream of Replacing Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The GOP plan would take us back to the days when insurers could sell junk policies, charge older folks more than they can today and calculate premiums based on a person's health status.

'Green News Report' - January 29, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.31.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IMF calls for end to fossil fuel subsidies; PLUS: Some good news: fracking banned in Scotland, and great 'Fox News' for a change!... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

Jonathan Cohn

A Former Senator Just Dealt A Serious Blow To The Legal Case Against Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

The former senator who nearly blocked Obamacare in Congress may have just helped save it from the Supreme Court. By now, you may have heard about K...

Cost-Effective Solutions to the Climate Crisis Await - It's Time to Stop Waffling

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 03.08.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Opportunities for addressing greenhouse gases lie within our reach. The potential environmental benefits of these opportunities are linked to other benefits. However, our policies are stuck and work against wider implementation of green technology.

The Race to Save our Oceans, Down Under

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 03.03.2015 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Australians love the environment and they clearly understand the importance of protecting our life support system -- the oceans.

Subsidized Success: Corn, Cabernet and Caterpillar

Hilary Gowins | Posted 02.28.2015 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

When the government commits to big tax breaks for select companies, politicians almost always fail to cut spending to make up for it. The extra burden just falls to smaller businesses with less income to spare.

Be Unreasonable About the New Climate Economy

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 02.23.2015 | Green
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

The MENA region has timidly begun on a path to making its societies climate-ready and its energy policies climate-friendly. Given its resources, it can play a central role in moving to the new climate economy. And yet despite progress, there is still a long way to go.

'Green News Report:' December 11, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Australia goaded into joining UN Green Climate Fund; PLUS: 'Freedom Industries' boss facing accountability in West Virginia chemical spill... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

New Data Settles the Debate: Obamacare Is Making Health Insurance More Affordable, Not Less

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In the second year of our new annual tradition, the exchanges are open for enrollment, which begs the question: What have we learned since last time? Were the naysayers proven right, or did Obamacare really make health insurance more affordable, as was intended?

The NFL Is a National Parasite

Diane M. Francis | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
Diane M. Francis

Enjoying sporting events is fun, but, like Wall Street, the subsidies and salaries have gone too far. These privileges are at the expense of taxpayers and society as a whole as the Rice fiasco illustrates.

Don't Have Health Insurance? Your Top Affordable Care Act Questions Answered

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 11.16.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

If you were uninsured and did not get health coverage by the March 31st deadline, what does this mean? And what are your options for purchasing health insurance? To break down what you need to know, here are the answers to your top health care questions.

What's Wrong With Fast Food Workers Earning a Living Wage?

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The goal of $15 per hour is likely a pipe dream. But with around $8.5 billion in income, $3.5 billion in dividend payments, and another $67 million in executive compensation (2012), it seems McDonald's can afford to increase wages some.

Norwegians Hate Whale Meat. So Why Does the Country Insist on Whaling?

OnEarth | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
OnEarth

Norway might not care about sustainability or cruelty or even its reputation, but what I find the most puzzling is the country's near messianic belief that, as long as it keeps killing whales, people will come back to whale meat. The evidence just isn't there.

President Obama, Go Big or Go Home

Robbie Gennet | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.