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How Kansas and California Debunked the GOP's Tax Cuts Argument

Carl Gibson | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

The Paul Ryans of America have lost the bet fair and square. The tax cuts experiment has had plenty of time to show results, but the only people whose economic situations have improved since the Bush tax cuts are the wealthiest 1 percent of society.

Why Pearson Tests Our Kids

Alan Singer | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

For all its claims about efficacy, Pearson is not a very efficient company. For all its claims about valuing education, the only thing Pearson appears to value is profit.

Controlling Risk in a World of Risks

Dominique de Villepin | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Dominique de Villepin

Now is the time for a new globalization, that can be either multipolar, based on fair development, stability and innovation or confrontational, based on privileges, speculation and inequities. This means making choices and changes in many sectors: let's begin with credit rating.

Families Are Getting Poorer, And That Spells Trouble For Colleges

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | College

Nov 22 (Reuters) - More than 40 percent of U.S. public universities and nonprofit colleges face lower or anemic tuition revenue growth and declining...

Is This The End Of 'Too Big To Fail'?

Reuters | Posted 11.15.2013 | Business

NEW YORK, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service cut the debt ratings for four big bank holding companies, including Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan...

What is "For the good of the Country"?

Harlan Green | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Former CIA assistant director Mike Morell's lamented on a recent CBS 60 Minutes that he didn't understand why congressional Democrats and Republicans ...

Rating Agencies Accused Of Fraud

Reuters | Karen Freifeld | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The liquidators of two Bear Stearns hedge funds filed a lawsuit on Monday against the three major U.S. rating agencies, accusing ...

How College Sports Could Make Universities Go Broke

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.15.2013 | College

College sports are becoming bigger financial risks for universities throughout the country, according to a report issued Friday from Moody's Investors...

Detroit Defaults On ANOTHER Debt

AP | Posted 10.03.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT -- DETROIT (AP) — Detroit, not unexpectedly, has defaulted on its most recent general obligation bond debt payment, Moody's Investors Servic...

Texas Medicaid Law Could Transform Life Insurance Industry

Wm. Scott Page | Posted 11.04.2013 | Fifty
Wm. Scott Page

While the Texas law may not be good news for insurance companies, it opens up a whole new range of possibilities for those facing daunting healthcare costs. It brings a new mark of legitimacy to life settlements while helping those most in need pay for medical care.

California Clearly a Top State for Business

Mike Rossi | Posted 07.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Mike Rossi

When it comes to being one of the Top States for Business, there are those who talk about their potential and those who exercise it. For the Golden St...

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The subject of political corruption is nothing new to Illinois, but the recent accusations of patronage against House Speaker Michael Madigan made by ...

Madigan, Metra and clout culture: "Legal" doesn't mean "correct"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LEGAL VS. RIGHT Whether House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws in trying to obtain a raise for a political donor at Metra is all but irrelevant....

Rep. Franks: Maybe Metra's Clifford broke law?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

IT'S ALL IN THE BERRIOS FAMILY CIRCLE Cook County taxpayers got dinged this week by county Assessor Joe Berrios as they will foot the $500,000 bill fo...

Ex Metra CEO: Speaker Madigan has "moral character flaw"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

WHO'S GOT THE "MORAL CHARACTER FLAW?" Ex Metra CEO Alex Clifford says House Speaker Michael Madigan has that big character deficit. Wait, who? Only hi...

How Ratings Agencies Helped Trigger The Financial Crisis

Rolling Stone | Posted 06.23.2013 | Business

It's long been suspected that ratings agencies like Moody's and Standard & Poor's helped trigger the meltdown. A new trove of embarrassing documents s...

Greece's Dilemma: Too Much Austerity and Too Many Demons

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Greece continues to operate under a client-based political system that nurtures a nepotistic and bloated bureaucracy -- even after five years of crisis and cutbacks.

Detroit's Bond Ratings Take Another Hit

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2013 | Detroit

June 13 (Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service on Thursday pushed the credit ratings on nearly $8.4 billion of Detroit bonds deeper i...

Moody's Gets Faddish on Public Pensions

Dean Baker | Posted 07.07.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The bond-rating agency Moody's made itself famous for giving subprime mortgage backed securities triple-A ratings at the peak of the housing bubble. Well, Moody's is back. They announced plans to change the way they treat pension obligations in assessing state and local government debt.

Does The Philippines Deserve Its Investment Grade?

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Edsel Tupaz

Much will depend on what happens after President Aquino leaves office in three years time. Will his reformist legacy continue, or will the country slide back into its old ways?

Does The Philippines Deserve Its Investment Grade?

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Edsel Tupaz

Over the past decade the Philippines' sovereign credit rating oscillated between "negative" and "stable," reflecting concern about the ability of the government to collect sufficient tax revenue, manage its budget, and sustain a high rate of GDP growth.

Unlucky Number 13: Is Slovenia Next in Line for a Bailout?

Luka Orešković | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Luka Orešković

While some hope of a miracle occurring in the coming months remains, so does the question of whether the new Slovenian government is willing to invest enough political capital to push through the necessary reforms before the capital markets decide to lock Slovenia out once again.

Credit Rating Titans Reach Settlement

AP | Posted 06.27.2013 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Ratings agencies Standard & Poor's, Moody's and investment bank Morgan Stanley have settled two lawsuits dating back to the financia...

Britain Heads For Third Recession In 4 Years

Reuters | Olesya Dmitracova and William Schomberg | Posted 03.01.2013 | Business

LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) - The risk that Britain is entering its third recession in four years grew on Friday with figures showing that manufacturing...

UK Downgraded

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

LONDON — Credit ratings agency Moody's Investors Service downgraded Britain's government bond rating one notch from the top AAA to AA1 Friday, s...