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Hey Democrats, zip it!

The best course of action for Democrats is to sit back and let Republicans wound their own. Increasingly, the GOP nominating process is serving Democrats—peeling back the layers of obfuscation and exposing the weaknesses and inadequacies of its likely nominees.... Read more»2

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Republican polls summary: It’s gettin’ ugly

The Republican nominating process is shining light in some dark places. It’s a little embarrassing.... Read more»1

Think again

Why do mainstream media favor Tea Party over Occupy Wall Street?

Support for the Tea Party is in a free fall. Now that so many voters have discovered that they apparently purchased a defective product in Tea Party governance in the 2010 elections, perhaps a similar recognition on the part of the mainstream media will not be so far behind.... Read more»2

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Stocks point to a dying middle class

The stock market tells us the middle class is dying. But we can still save it. Nick Hanauer knows how.... Read more»2

Analysis

Why a federal judge trashed SEC’s deal with Citigroup

When the Securities and Exchange Commission struck a deal with Citigroup over a failed security that the bank sold to investors, we asked whether regulators had handed Citigroup too sweet a deal.... Read more»

Analysis

U.S. health care nowhere near 'best' in the world

Last week, the 34-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD) released the results of its most recent study of the health care systems in its member countries, including the United States, plus six others, for a total of 40. And those results are illuminating.... Read more»

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As presidential candidate, Perry no Bush or Clinton

In the array of governors who turned to national politics — a collection that includes four of the last six presidents and a horde of contestants who didn’t make it — Rick Perry looks a lot more like Sarah Palin than like George W. Bush. And not just in his politics.... Read more»

Think again

Billionaire media moguls vs. Occupy Wall Street

Hundreds of police officers, many wearing riot helmets, marched into lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park last week. The first thing the police did was clear out the journalists so that they could not see what was going on. Ironically, the owners of at least three New York newspapers could not have been happier.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The Republican ticket that Democrats want

Do you think Democrats are behind the recent Republican scandals? Think again. ... Read more»1

Analysis

Super PAC man gobbles up regulators’ time, patience

Since the Supreme Court ruling paved the way for groups to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of candidates, 240 so-called Super PACs have registered with the Federal Election Commission. Josue Larose — purported millionaire, alleged economist and general man of mystery — has formed 60 of them. ... Read more»

Analysis

Occupy Wall Street: The hidden meaning behind protests

In short, the social contract in America is broken. The optimistic glue that has successfully held together so much diversity, so many disparate dreams, for so long, is coming undone. Unfortunately, the 99 percent and the 1 percent appear to be miles apart, and this is particularly true in the U.S. right now. ... Read more»

Checking the facts at the GOP debate

We found several exaggerations and misstatements in the latest Republican presidential candidates’ debate. Romney issued a hollow threat to take China’s currency manipulation to a world body that doesn’t actually deal with overvalued money, and he claimed federal spending consumes more of the nation’s economic output than it really does.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The day the Tea Party died

The political news last week weaves a single narrative—the decline of the Tea Party. Whether in Tucson's elections or the GOP race to pick a presidential nominee, the right wing is on the ropes.... Read more»4

Veterans Day

Honoring our veterans: By the numbers

This by-the-numbers look at service members and veterans paints a picture of the many men and women who have served our country and the difficulties they face before, during, and after deployments, including combat stress injuries and trouble finding jobs and affordable housing.... Read more»

Flat taxes are big in former USSR, but have they worked?

GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich have all introduced proposals for flat taxes. Most of the countries that have adopted flat taxes in recent years are from the former Soviet bloc. Economists caution that you can’t necessarily translate their experiences into an American context.... Read more»

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