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they hoped you wouldn't notice
October 15, 2013 04:44PM
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October 07, 2013 05:41PM
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pressure which is
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I am writing from deep in the trenches of the great War on Christmas. War is hell, Mary. I lost my best friend today after hearing him wish someone “happy holidays.” I held him there in my arms and whispered “we can’t be friends anymore because you are… Read full post »
The politicians of rich nations who protect the exorbitant privileges of bankers and hedge-fund managers, who wink at mega-tax evasion by billionaires, and who tolerate unpardonable games played by major… Read full post »
Thus, the idea that Medicare benefits should be means-tested raises genuine philosophical issues and is not a policy "slam dunk."
"The bottom line is that the individual components of Medicare are means-tested currently," Kaplan said… Read full post »
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By Brad Plumer,
Syria’s Islamist fighters
Competition among Islamists
One Islamist rebel group seems to have overtaken all the othersJul 20th 2013 | BEIRUT… Read full post »
For those old enough to remember, the far right had a lot of gripes about President Kennedy. And they now echo the same talking points about Obama. Underline ECHO.
For those old enough to remember, the far right had a lot of gripes about President Kennedy. Indeed, the far right… Read full post »
Internal Revenue Service agents have been struggling to do their jobs–which have been made essentially impossible by an incorrect interpretation of the law that the IRS made in 1959. It was then that the IRS changed the language of the law without any authority to do so. Here is how t… Read full post »
The Picard Center carried out a ten-year study looking at whether education provided through LA4, the state's primary preschool program for at-risk 4-year-olds, stuck with its participants for any meaningful amount of time.
The study found that when compared across a host of measurements, LA4 partic… Read full post »
In 2002, after Texaco was purchased by Chevron, its stake in what became known as Motiva Enterprises was bought by Shell and Saudi Refining, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco. Today, Motiva also has two refineries in Louisiana and markets its production through a network of 7,700 Shell-branded gasoline st… Read full post »
Michael Grunwald: Everything people think they know about the stimulus is wrong. It was called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and it did produce a short-term recovery. We dropped 8.9 percent of GDP in Q4 2008. We lost 800,000 jobs in January 2009. We passed the stimulus. And then the… Read full post »
In short, when faced with a 3 a.m. test, he reacted immediately, rather than having the instinct to wait. And after he waited, he mistook this as a moment for partisanship rather than for at least the appearance of statesmanlike national unity. The irony, of course, is that resisting the… Read full post »
Republicans cry that President Obama is raiding Medicare to fund a socialist health-care nightmare. Democrats blast the GOP for sticking grandma with vouchers to wreck a program they’ve secretly loathed for decades. Far be it from me to put the kibosh on all this drama, but when it comes to… Read full post »
Romney's supporters are almost certainly wrong when they assert that Romney "already paid taxes on his ordinary income" and that now he's just risking his "capital."
This is because Mitt Romney has almost certainly taken advantage of one of the most outrageous tax loopholes in our entire tax code: Th… Read full post »
ver since Barry Goldwater lost his bid for the presidency in 1964, the conservative movement has been looking for a choice, not an echo (Goldwater's mantra). Reagan came close, but compromised too often on taxes and back-slapped with Democratic Speaker Tip O'Neill too often to give them total… Read full post »
That was the primary purpose, at least. There was also a really important side effect: The health care law extended the solvency of Medicare’s Trust Fund. If the program pays hospitals less, each dollar stretches a little bit further. Earlier this year, the independent Medicare Board of Trustee… Read full post »
A group of Catholic nuns ended its nine-state bus tour here Monday (July 2), speaking out against a Republican federal budget proposal they say favors wealthy Americans at the expense of poor families.
Led by Sister Simone Campbell, the “Nuns on the Bus” rejected the budget proposa… Read full post »
Despite mounting complaints from conservatives, the Obama Administration’s announcement yesterday that it will give states waivers to run demonstration projects in their TANF programs will not kill or undermine welfare reform. Indeed, it will strengthen welfare reform by giving states greater f… Read full post »
ON THE U.S. MEDIA: Like any public figures, bin Laden and his advisers were mindful of the media. Adam Gadahn, one of bin Laden’s spokesmen, provided a summary of his view of U.S. TV cable news.
“From the professional point of view, they are all on one level except (Fox News)… Read full post »
But didn’t Congress spend the money in the trust fund?
Yes, but it would have spent it anyway. Congress spent way more than what it borrowed from the trust fund, which holds roughly one-fifth of federal debt outstanding. There’s a global market for U.S. Treasury securities, which are espe… Read full post »
Some conservative critics of federal social programs, including leading presidential candidates, are sounding an alarm that the United States is rapidly becoming an “entitlement society” in which social programs are undermining the work ethic and creating a large class of Americans who pr… Read full post »