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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»

Analysis

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»

Analysis

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»

Think again

How to be a political journalist in America

How to be a successful American mainstream political reporter: Politics is all theater—never probe about policy unless it enhances the performance. Personality always trumps policy—see above. History is bunk—factual history, that is, because it interferes with the make-believe history so integral to political theater.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

New polls rock foundations of conservatism

Polls find we’re becoming a more tolerant nation. That’s bad news for conservatives.... Read more»

Factcheck: Veep debate violations

The Biden-Ryan debate was marked by some spirited claims that didn’t always match the facts. The participants in the vice-presidential debate roughed up the facts in their one and only meeting. (with full video)... Read more»

Analysis

Housing barriers remain for people with disabilities

Discrimination towards people with disabilities in housing has been illegal since 1988 when disability was added as a protected group to the Fair Housing Act. In spite of this protection, a number of reports reveal that discrimination against people with disabilities persists.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Hey Mitt, I’ll see your China debt and raise you an F-35 program

The path to paying down our national debt runs through the Pentagon: In the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney said he’d judge every government program by whether it was “so critical it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for it.”... Read more»3

Factcheck: Dubious Denver debate declarations

We found exaggerations and false claims flying thick and fast during the first debate between President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.... Read more»1

Analysis

How to fix a broken border: Disrupting smuggling at its source

The challenge is by no means simple and the solution will take far more determination than has been applied so far. What will definitely not work are the simplistic one-dimensional answers that sound good on the evening news, but do little or nothing to stop the threat. ... Read more»1

Factcheck: Obama's deficit dodge

President Obama is falsely claiming that his policies are responsible for "about 10 percent" of the deficits "over the last four years." Obama signed two bills — the 2009 stimulus and the 2010 tax cut — that alone cost $1.6 trillion during that time, or nearly a third of the cumulative four-year deficit.... Read more»1

Smart v. Stupid

The Republican brand killed Romney

In the run up to Election Day, Republican interest groups are trying to avoid being the one that gets blamed. With all the polls now showing an Obama surge, they are jockeying for position to lock in credible-sounding explanations for why Romney is losing, the Senate is slipping from their grasp and other down-ballot races are turning blue. ... Read more»

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