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Rooftop solar adoption in emerging residential markets

Solar energy has become a tangible solution to rising electricity costs and carbon emissions for many Americans. Declining installation prices and solar-friendly policies in many states have led to tremendous growth in rooftop solar installations. In 2013, residential solar photovoltaic, or PV, capacity increased 60 percent over the previous year, reaching 792 megawatts. Today, a new solar power system is installed every four minutes in the United States.... Read more»

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Ukraine's road to normalacy

Sunday’s presidential election is a major milestone in Ukraine’s return to normalcy, but the country is not out of the woods yet.... Read more»

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So much for an 'Obama Doctrine'

Analysis: Everybody was expecting a major foreign policy revamp. But the president broke no new ground and struck a defensive pose in his West Point address.... Read more»

Sonoran Ramblings

Effective border wall: Information on ice

Watching CBP PIOs stall, hedge, misdirect and scheme via email left me with no doubt that keeping the public in the dark is an art of the highest order, as well as a talent for which we should all be grateful: if not for their deft non-disclosure, we might suddenly find ourselves weighed down by the unsettling knowledge of what precisely they are doing with billions of our dollars in the borderlands.... Read more»

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Key facts about VA in wake of waitlist allegations

The allegations of long wait times and secret waiting lists at the Phoenix VA hospital is a serious concern and must be addressed immediately. But we must also not lose sight of the VA system’s successes, as well as its steady improvement in recent years.... Read more»

The scary return of a radical, far-right Europe and what it means

Sunday’s elections to the European Parliament may be a big yawn for most voters, but they’re set to provide a dramatic boost to far-right parties across the continent.... Read more»

Record number of students graduate high school

Even for the one in five students who fail to earn a diploma, hope abounds for the future. By listening carefully to those who have fallen along the way, we will hear what it takes to help at-risk students stay the course toward finishing high school.... Read more»

Podcast: Gun violence in America

ProPublica reporter Lois Beckett examines how gun violence research has become the “political third rail” - leaving us in the dark on some of the most basic facts about gun injuries in America.... Read more»

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House Republicans have nothing to fear from supporting immigration reform

The May 6th primary election in North Carolina illustrates that House Republicans have little to fear from passing immigration reform, while voters across the country are calling for candidates with pro-immigration reform policies.... Read more»

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Hart: Has Arizona's entrepreneurship sailed?

These are far from fat times for the economy, in Arizona or most of the country. But there’s one potent economic weapon we can still rely on: our entrepreneurial spirit.  We innovate, we invent, we risk it all to create new ventures. Or, we did. Lately, it seems, not so much.... Read more»

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U.S. military describes its mistakes in Afghanistan

A report by the Joint Chiefs of Staff says that both military and civilian officials failed to tackle corrosive corruption in Afghanistan.... Read more»

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Keeping an eye on insurance companies that refuse to pay claims

All-too-common Arizona case only got resolved following media attention.... Read more»

American-style health care system pushed in Canada

Canadian prime minister pushing free market principles for single-payer system.... Read more»

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Equally free to sleep under the bridge

According to N. Gregory Mankiw, writing in The New York Times, economists need to honor the principle “first, do no harm” when offering policy prescriptions. That principle, to Mankiw, translates into the following: “when people have voluntarily agreed upon an economic arrangement to their mutual benefit, that arrangement should be respected.”... Read more»

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Faith in values: The conservative fairy tale about government

When people tell stories rooted in fantasy, they’re called fairy tales. Such was the case last fall when Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke at an anti-poverty forum at the Heritage Foundation. His remarks spun a mythical tale of our nation’s past, when kind, hard-working men and women helped their neighbors and didn’t need the big, bad government. According to Sen. Lee, a free-market economy and a volunteer society were all we needed to thrive. These two magical ingredients supposedly spurred “millions of ordinary Americans to make our economy very wealthy and our society truly rich.”... Read more»

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