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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»

Factcheck

U.S. Chamber continues to mislead on health care law

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s latest onslaught of television ads continues to miseducate voters about the potential impact of the health care law.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Charting the rise of stupidity

Smart v. Stupid: As America grapples with a long-term decline, we have only Ronald Reagan to blame.... Read more»4

Factcheck

Romney's 'gross' exaggeration on 'Obamacare'

Mitt Romney claims government will "constitute … almost 50 percent" of the U.S. economy when the new federal health care law takes full effect. That's nonsense.... Read more»

Analysis

Sen. Rubio's immigration plan under inspection

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's plan to introduce a bill to provide legal status—but not citizenship—for undocumented youth ran into an obstacle when Speaker Boehner announced that such a proposal would not pass his chamber.... Read more»3

Analysis

False quick fixes for American health care

You’ve heard it before. Let’s deep-six ObamaCare and replace it with sure-fire free-market solutions: tort reform, allow insurance to be sold across state lines and encourage people to set up health savings accounts. Here’s the problem: there is mounting evidence that all three of these strategies not only are ineffective but may actually be making matters worse.... Read more»

Analysis

Q&A: Obama vs. Ryan on controlling Medicare spending

Looking at Paul Ryan and Barack Obama's plans in detail shows that practical effects are likely to be very different when it comes to restraining federal spending and impact on seniors. ... Read more»

Factcheck

Stimulus money for jobs overseas?

An ad from the conservative Americans for Prosperity distorts the truth about stimulus money for “green jobs” going overseas. The ad, titled “Wasteful Spending,” introduces some new wrinkles to this well-used line of attack.... Read more»

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