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Do Occupy Wall Street’s critics have a point?

Smart v. Stupid: Critics of Occupy Wall Street blow a lot of smoke. But they might also have a point.... Read more»4

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Solyndra 'could haunt' Obama

New White House emails show a top donor to Barack Obama was in direct contact with one of the president’s closest advisers about the federal energy loan program. ... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Chris Christie is running — count on it

Chris Christie will announce his presidential candidacy. You can count on it. But he won’t really be running for president.... Read more»1

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Perry vs. the EPA: An epic, illuminating clash

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's conservative views on business costs, states' rights, job creation, energy policy and global competitiveness — the core of his governing philosophy — are illuminated most vividly in his clashes with the EPA over issues like pesticide regulation and global warming.... Read more»

Factcheck

Another whopper from Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes another wildly false claim in a new Web ad — saying that the U.S. poverty rate has hit an "all-time high." In fact, the rate is the highest since 1993, but 7.3 percentage points lower than it was in 1959.... Read more»1

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What’s happening with that solar firm scandal?

So what's the situation with Solyndra, who's the focus of the investigations, and how big a deal is this storyline? ProPublica sorts through what it does — and doesn't — mean.... Read more»

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10 numbers you need to know about E-Verify

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows employers to check whether prospective employees are legally authorized to work. But mandating it for all employers across the country would cost Americans their jobs and crush small businesses.... Read more»2

GOP prez hopefuls exchange false, misleading claims

The GOP presidential candidates debated Monday for the second time in six days — tossing out a variety of false and misleading claims on everything from Social Security to vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases. ... Read more»

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Europe's lessons from Sept. 11

Some EU lawmakers and civil-rights activists say the post-9/11 solidarity with the United States led to poorly conceived counterterrorism policies that undermine European principles, punishing innocent people instead of potential attackers.... Read more»

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10 years on, Afghanistan isn't far from where it started

No two countries have been more affected by the shift than the United States and Afghanistan, who are tied together in a war whose outcome, a decade after the initial invasion, is still very much in doubt.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Republicans debate. Anarchy wins

There were clear winners and losers in the latest Republican debate, held at the Reagan Library. The biggest winner was anarchy.... Read more»1

Analysis

Job creation requires spending

A range of economists and independent forecasters say boosting the economy and getting people back to work should be job number one for Congress and that ideological objectives should be set aside until that’s been accomplished.... Read more»

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Translating gobbledygook from health insurers

Despite paying lip service to the importance of communicating in “plain English,” health care insurers are actually being more obtuse than ever, according to J.D. Power and Associates, which conducts a study every year to measure member satisfaction among the nation’s largest health plans. ... Read more»

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Factcheck: A Texas-size recovery

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's claim that "40 percent … of all the jobs in America were created in Texas" since June 2009 is accurate. But it’s also true that the increase in jobs hasn't kept pace with the rise in the state's population — so the number of jobless Texans also has risen.... Read more»1

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DHS’s announced deportation priorities are smart policy

Though nearly overshadowed by an earthquake and hurricane, another development causing a stir in Washington is DHS's announcement it will focus its resources on detaining and removing the highest-priority individuals—those who present a threat to public safety or national security—instead of low-priority individuals including children, military family members, and same-sex spouses.... Read more»1

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