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Smart v. Stupid

Republicans debate. Anarchy wins

There were clear winners and losers in the latest Republican debate, held at the Reagan Library. The biggest winner was anarchy.... Read more»1


Job creation requires spending

A range of economists and independent forecasters say boosting the economy and getting people back to work should be job number one for Congress and that ideological objectives should be set aside until that’s been accomplished.... Read more»


Translating gobbledygook from health insurers

Despite paying lip service to the importance of communicating in “plain English,” health care insurers are actually being more obtuse than ever, according to J.D. Power and Associates, which conducts a study every year to measure member satisfaction among the nation’s largest health plans.... Read more»


Factcheck: A Texas-size recovery

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s claim that “40 percent … of all the jobs in America were created in Texas” since June 2009 is accurate. But it’s also true that the increase in jobs hasn’t kept pace with the rise in the state’s population — so the number of jobless Texans also has risen.... Read more»1


DHS’s announced deportation priorities are smart policy

Though nearly overshadowed by an earthquake and hurricane, another development causing a stir in Washington is DHS’s announcement it will focus its resources on detaining and removing the highest-priority individuals—those who present a threat to public safety or national security—instead of low-priority individuals including children, military family members, and same-sex spouses.... Read more»1

Did CIA rendition flights rely on bogus State Dep't letter?

An obscure court case in New York state has led to the disclosure of new details on CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, in which the United States captured dozens of alleged terrorists and sent them to secret prisons overseas.... Read more»


Corruption, war hinders food aid to Somalia

As the famine in southern Somalia worsens, aid experts fear that corruption and the politics of terrorism are crimping the flow of humanitarian relief to areas where starvation is worst.... Read more»

Thinking Arizona

Az independents growing in voters but not unified

Arizona’s independent voters have eclipsed Democrats in number and are rapidly gaining on Republicans, but those expecting this group to wield political influence are likely to be disappointed, a nonpartisan research group said.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster Show: All business while Bill's on vacation

Certified financial planner Sheldon Fishman fills in for Bill this week with a look at what the business community do to help our local governments make Tucson and Pima County a better place to do business in, a good place to move business to, and especially, to create and sustain jobs?... Read more»

Windfalls of war

Pentagon's no-bid contracts triple in 10 years of war

As U.S. military deaths and injuries from roadside bombs escalated after the invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon rushed to find solutions. Non-competitive DOD contracts have almost tripled since 9/11, including a Tucson company that was paid $50 million for a now-canceled program.... Read more»

Think again

Life is good for the Kochs

Charles Koch justifies his puny tax rate with the argument that government spending often “does more harm than good,” and adds, “my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington.”... Read more»3


Congress redirects homeowner help to debt reduction

Of the $45.6 billion in Trouble Asset Relief Program funds meant to aid homeowners, the most recent numbers available show that only about $2 billion has actually gone out the door and Congress has mandated that leftover money be used to pay down the debt.... Read more»

Morrison Institute report

Water battle brewing in Az's 'Sun Corridor'

The Sun Corridor - a megapolitan area stretching from Tucson through the Phoenix valley - will support fewer people than many previous studies estimated, according to a report from ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. “Do you want growth, or do you want a lifestyle?”... Read more»


Party may be a bit early in Libya

Two days after Libyan rebels marched on Muammar Gaddafi’s once-feared Tripoli stronghold, residents in this de facto revolutionary capital city were still triumphantly celebrating the apparent finale to a six-month, mostly stalemate, civil war.... Read more»

Think again

Remember Bush's vacation(s)

President Obama is under fire for any number of things, but the one that appears to excite reporters the most is his decision to take a few days’ vacation.... Read more»

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