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Obama’s inflated jobs claim

In a new TV ad, President Obama makes an inflated claim to have added 5.2 million new jobs. The total added during his time in office is actually about 325,000. (with video)... Read more»

Third party debate: Ready for prime time?

Larry King hosted a debate with presidential candidates Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, Virgil Goode and Gary Johnson that comparatively few people will see, although perhaps more should.... Read more»

Dark money & Citizens United: What Obama & Romney would do

With campaign finances limits rendered nearly meaningless, election spending is on pace to set records. Where does each presidential candidate stand on how to regulate money in politics?... Read more»


Final presidential debate: Much ado about very little

Foreign policy largely took a back seat to domestic issues as President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney met for the last time before the election.... Read more»

Factcheck: False claims in final presidential debate

In the third and final Obama-Romney debate, the candidates again contradicted each other, while each offered incorrect or twisted factual claims.... Read more»

‘Citizens United’ and why it matters

By now most folks know that the U.S. Supreme Court did something that changed how money can be spent in elections and by whom, but what happened and why should you care?... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Phoenix a tear-down city

Phoenix sure doesn't have enough surface parking lots. And the loss of physical history is an insidious force, a civic carcinogen. ... Read more»


Will Romney increase defense spending by $2 trillion?

Paul Ryan insisted in the Oct. 11 debate that Mitt Romney will not increase defense spending. Joe Biden interrupted Ryan twice to say Romney will increase it by $2 trillion. Who’s right? The answer depends on another question: compared with what?... Read more»7


Myths of the healthy uninsured

Uninsured Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts. But insurance companies are manipulating data to make it appear many don't want coverage.... Read more»


DREAMing of economic growth

So far, public discourse hasn’t connected the dots between immigration policies and the economy. There is no clearer example of how sensible immigration policies would lead to significant economic gains than the DREAM Act.... Read more»


Debate preview: Who can be the toughest on global challenges?

Presidential candidates compete in debates to show how muscular they are on foreign policy, even when clear solutions are often not available. Closely-fought presidential campaigns can confound expectations by constricting—rather than broadening—public debate about significant issues.... Read more»

Joy and jeers over EU’s Nobel Peace Prize

Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union has provoked joy and jeers, but also acknowledgement of the dangers posed by an economic crisis that's placing unprecedented strains on the organization that binds together the old continent's historic enemies.... Read more»

Romney’s $4,000 tax tale

Mitt Romney falsely claims in a series of TV ads that President Obama “will raise taxes on the middle class by $4,000.” That’s nonsense. The ads cite a conservative group’s study, but even the group itself doesn’t say Obama will raise taxes on middle-income taxpayers.... Read more»

What’s Romney’s plan for preexisting conditions?

Romney’s debate comments implied that he would keep the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that guarantee coverage for all, regardless of preexisting conditions. But the campaign has given different explanations for what he meant.... Read more»


How to fix a broken border: Follow the money

For all the political rhetoric and chest pounding about border security in recent years, the United States has done very little, and politicians have said almost nothing about cutting off massive amounts of funds flowing illegally across the Southwest border and feeding the drug cartels. ... Read more»

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