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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»

Analysis

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»

Analysis

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»

Analysis

How the Prison Rape Elimination Act helps LGBT immigrants in detention

More than a decade after Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, published standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and assault in immigration detention facilities.... Read more»

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Kremlin narrative of ethnic struggle in Ukraine doesn't hold up

The reality is a conflict between a fledgling democracy and a calcified autocracy.... Read more»

Analysis

Understanding immigration federalism in the U.S.

Over the past few years, the pendulum of state action on immigration has swung from punitive laws to positive laws that seek to integrate immigrants and mitigate the harsh effects of enforcement.... Read more»

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GOP opposition to Obamacare baffles Dr. Sullivan

Former Department of Health and Human Services secretary, Louis Sullivan, says the Affordable Care Act resembles a plan crafted by Republicans in the early 1990s.... Read more»

Analysis

How Russia could strangle the U.S. space program

Think Russia has no way to put pressure on the United States? Think again. If you use a cellphone, have a GPS system in your car, or get cash from ATMs, you should be worried.... Read more»

Analysis

Discrimination? Corporate loopholes? Hobby Lobby’s slippery slope

This term, the Supreme Court will rule on whether the religious beliefs of the owners of Hobby Lobby Stores, a for-profit, secular corporation, can be used as justification to deny the company’s employees the contraceptive health coverage they are entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»1

Commentary

The health care industry's campaign of fear, uncertainty and doubt

Health insurers use front groups and spin doctors to sow concerns about Obamacare.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Video: Reinvigorating freedom of information for the digital age

Among the journalism experts testifying before the U.S. Senate last week was David Cuillier, head of the UA journalism school and president of the Society of Professional Journalists, who spoke about the importance of open government and freedom of information in advance of Sunshine Week. (with video and full statement)... Read more»

Sunshine Week

Cuillier: Gov't officials should end spin-control culture

Agencies at all levels, through aggressive and manipulative tactics, are increasingly controlling what information the public receives, threatening the very foundation of democracy. This is more than just about Easter eggs and inconveniences for journalists. Growing message management by the government is something that concerns anyone who cares about holding elected officials accountable.... Read more»

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Obamacare subscribers: Beware of high deductibles

Low premiums plans may cause sticker shock down the road for Obamacare subscribers.... Read more»

He's short, but is he crazy? A brief psychoanalysis of Vladimir Putin

From Jon Stewart, to Sarah Palin to Brookings, inquiring minds want to know what’s in the head of Russia’s president.... Read more»

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