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When unions were at the center of politics

In the early post-WWII years, even the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce agreed that “collective bargaining is a part of the democratic process.” That statement would today be considered controversial not only on the far right but also by many in the mainstream media.... Read more»

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Obama and the economy: 3 things to watch

Economics is an up and down game. So, too, is politics. But as President Barack Obama has been reminded in recent weeks, the two are inextricably linked. And right now for the White House, the direction on both is decidedly down. ... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The new American politics: Voting with dollars

The future of elections rest with how you spend your paycheck. This election season marks a tipping point for American politics. We are at the moment when money is poised to replace voting as the way that elections are decided. ... Read more»

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Hager: Home ownership still polls high

June is homeownership month. Not surprisingly, this celebration has been more subdued for the past several years. No doubt, this is a time for introspection about homeownership. Here are a few of the more interesting results of a poll on the topic:... Read more»

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Berman: Az voters may change way we elect candidates

With registered independent voters in Arizona already outnumbering registered Democrats and soon to surpass the roster of registered Republicans, have political party primaries outlived their usefulness?... Read more»

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10 things to know about NM and immigration

In advance of New Mexico’s Republican primary tomorrow, 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»

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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»

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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»

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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

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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»

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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»

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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»

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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

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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»

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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»

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