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Candidates Agree: Imperial Presidency Is A-OK

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 9:44 AM

You hear a lot that folks think "this is the most important election" in x amount of time. Yesterday I heard an anti-abortionist say peg it at 100 years, which seemed extreme. The candidates are supposedly so far apart on the issues that who wins the election will have giant...

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Progressives: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and Stop Buying Gasoline

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 2:03 PM

Progressives love a petition. Support the Safe Chemicals Act, change Barbie's packaging, protect marriage equality in New Hampshire -- there's hardly a cause that a self-respecting leftist won't sign on to.

Yet every day, we pour millions of dollars into the pockets of...

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What Keystone's Supporters Get Wrong

(91) Comments | Posted November 12, 2011 | 2:51 PM

The Wall Street Journal's editorial Friday on President Obama's decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline contains bad data and omits pertinent information that hurts its argument.

Since policy decisions need to be based on facts and not rhetoric to be successful, let's go through...

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U. of Miami Scandal Reveals the Scam That Is the NCAA

(13) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 3:31 PM

The NCAA and the sports media are all shocked -- shocked! -- at the details of hookers, parties and payoffs emerging from the latest scandal to rock college sports, an exposé by Charles Robinson at Yahoo! Sports. The University of Miami and its players, it should come as...

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What Obama Forgot About Change In Washington

(196) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 2:08 PM

So after all that, what did we get, really?

  • $91 billion a year in promised cuts for 10 years. That's about 6% of last year's federal budget, and it is subject to approval by future Congresses. This is evocative of what happened in 1981, when Reagan's...
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Visions of a Car-Free Los Angeles: Lessons from Carmageddon

(10) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 10:27 AM

After weeks of warnings of apocalyptic gridlock stretching for miles in every direction, Angelenos awoke on Sunday to find that "Carmageddon" had largely been averted. The closing of a ten-mile portion of Interstate 405 -- the busiest freeway in the US -- linking Santa Monica with...

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What's the Real Relationship Between Taxes and Jobs?

(44) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 5:04 PM

Yesterday I looked at the Republicans' claim that tax hikes hinder economic growth, and tax cuts stimulate it. By looking at the actual data, it's clear that any correlation or causation is spurious at best.

Today we'll look at another Republican talking point in the debate over...

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Tax Cut = Growth? Actually Not So Much

(5) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 2:30 PM

Republicans in Congress are threatening to blow up the global economy if President Obama doesn't roll over and accept massive cuts in services and programs for the poor and middle classes, without any tax increases for the wealthy.

McConnell and Boehner have repeated the Orwellian GOP strategy that if...

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Budget Deal Reveals GOP's True Priorities: It's Not the Economy

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 12:19 PM

Details of last week's budget deal between GOPs in the House and the Capitulator-in-Chief, released Tuesday, confirm what intelligent and honest observers suspected during the debate:

This isn't about helping the economy, it's about enacting Republican political priorities, and it doesn't even make fiscal sense.

All the cuts I've...

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Why Does the US Sell Teargas to Mubarak?

(11) Comments | Posted January 30, 2011 | 5:58 PM

CNN's Ben Wedeman tweeted from Cairo on Friday night, "Teenager showed me teargas canister 'made in USA'. Saw the same thing in Tunisia. Time to reconsider US exports?"

Hours later, President Obama addressed his nation to say he'd just spoken with Egypt's head of state, Hosni...

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Top 7 Underemployed Former Bush Officials

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 7:40 PM

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Are GMOs Safe?

(63) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 10:20 AM

The most profound innovation to come to many crops in the last generation -- and one of the most widespread -- is genetic engineering. The cultivation of corn and soy today is so scientifically and technologically advanced it would be unrecognizable to a farmer just 40 years ago.

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Nordhaus and Shellenberger Are Wrong Again

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 3:05 PM

The latest missive from Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger -- the professional contrarians posing as environmentalists -- is a collection of factual errors, inherent contradictions, rhetorical omissions, unconscionable appeasements and general foolishness.

But what else should we expect from a "report" in the Wall Street Journal, neatly dovetailing with...

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Terrorists to US: "Touch My Junk and I'll Have You Arrested"

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 4:50 PM

Airport body scanners cost $734,000 each.

TSA has spent $42 billion, according to CBS News, since 9/11.

Pat-downs that some travelers find intrusive have caused outrage among the public.

Experts endlessly opine about how to get "the best bang for our buck"...

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How I Fixed the Deficit

(40) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 11:26 AM

The most fun I've had online since... well, let's not get into that, but I thoroughly enjoyed the interactive graphic in Sunday's New York Times on fixing the deficit. David Leonhardt et al chopped up the projected 2030 shortfall of $1.345 trillion into $5 billion squares and offered...

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Obama and the Tea Party: BFFs?

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 7:59 PM

The left says President Obama needs to stand up to the Republicans more. The Tea Party says it wants less power in the federal government, Wall Street, and special interests, and no more bailouts. Is there a way for the president to satisfy both of these groups simultaneously?

Could...

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