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With Texas Republicans, it's the game of the name

A showdown of names is brewing in Texas as Republicans try to win Hispanic votes and wipe out their reputation as the party of Anglos in a state where they are no longer the majority of the population.... Read more»

Analysis

Could nonprofit health insurance plans be the real reformers?

Consumer Oriented and Operated Plans could be one of the sleepers in the health care reform law that truly transforms how care is financed and delivered in this country.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Romney chooses whites-only election strategy

In a risky move, Mitt Romney has chosen to go all-in with white voters. But he’ll have to walk the fine line of racial pandering and denying it. Americans no longer elect overt racists. ... Read more»5

Analysis

10 things to know about immigration and the Texas primary

In advance of Texas’s Republican primary on Tuesday, here are 10 important facts about immigrants and people of color in the state that display their significant economic, cultural, and electoral power.... Read more»

Factcheck

Sununu misfires on Bain 'jobs' claim

John H. Sununu, a top surrogate for Mitt Romney, wrongly claimed Bain Capital was “able to save jobs … about 80 percent of the time” at companies in which it had invested. Sununu was misreading or misrepresenting a Bain statement on revenues, not jobs.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Why income inequality is a losing issue and how to fix it

Most Americans don’t care about income inequality. But they do want everyone to get a fair chance.... Read more»

Analysis

CD8 debate: Barber & Kelly spar over Social Security

Ron Barber, Jesse Kelly and Charlie Manolakis were questioned on Social Security, Medicare and the economy during a Wednesday night debate, and it's a good thing we're fresh out of beer in the Smith household, or the Social Security drinking game would have left this reporter floored. (listen to a replay)... Read more»1

Analysis

Bill raises questions about Rubio's immigration positions

Immigration advocates were surprised this week when the Sen. Marco Rubio introduced a bill that was not his promised DREAM Act-like proposal, but rather a bill that attacks “blameless” low-income American children.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

How the Supreme Court ruined your child’s civics education

You might be shocked to learn what your child believes about free speech.... Read more»

Analysis

Middle class, income inequality, and the strength of our economy

For most economists, the concepts of “middle class” or even inequality have not had a prominent place in our thinking about how an economy grows. But that is beginning to change. ... Read more»

Opinion

Killing community survey bad for gov't and business

Last week's House vote to end the American Community Survey defied the advice of conservative think tank experts, the interests of the business community, and, most critically, common sense.... Read more»

Factcheck

Do most Americans agree with Romney on gay marraige?

The Republican party chairman claims “most Americans” agree with Mitt Romney “that marriage ought to be defined between one man and one woman.” Americans are closely divided on the issue.... Read more»

Commentary

On population, U.S. remains in full denial mode

Of all the fantasies indulged in by a society speeding toward self-destruction, none is as consequential as the idea that continuing growth — both in population and size of our economy — has a happy-ever-after ending. Yet, when overpopulation is discussed at all, it is discussed as a problem limited to the developing world.... Read more»

Analysis

Palin's 'death panel' rhetoric torpedoed Medicare savings

We’ll be hearing a lot from politicians this summer and fall about the urgency of dealing with Medicare spending. If we’re fortunate, some courageous candidates will call for renewed debate on a provision of the health care reform bill that had once enjoyed bipartisan support.... Read more»

Analysis

Top 10 things to know about military compensation

The Pentagon’s personnel budget is composed of three major items: pay, retirement, and health care. These costs have nearly doubled in the past 10 years and now consume one-third of the baseline defense budget. If they continue growing, these costs will begin to divert funds from other critical national security initiatives such as training and modernization.... Read more»

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