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78% of Arizonans favor path to citizenship for undocumented

Arizonans overwhelmingly favor a comprehensive approach to immigration policies – secure borders and enforcement, coupled with a possible pathway to citizenship for undocumented residents, according to a new statewide poll.... Read more»6

Smart v. Stupid

The constitutional amendment to nullify Citizens United

Fixing campaign finance doesn’t go nearly far enough. We need to fix the notion that corporations are people. ... Read more»1

America's growing income gap, by the numbers

The nonpartisan CBO recently released a much-discussed study showing that over the past three decades the income of the highest-paid Americans has soared while the income of others has grown much more modestly. Here’s a rundown illustrating the growing income gap.... Read more»

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Raising Cain: When is a scoop ready to be published?

Politico’s story on possible sexual harassment by Herman Cain may be the biggest investigative scoop of the campaign season. But it would be hard to deduce that from the facts as published.... Read more»

Factcheck

Perry's dubious flat-tax promise

In unveiling his proposed “flat tax” overhaul of the tax system, Rick Perry promised that “taxes will be cut across all income groups in America.” But a newly released analysis of his plan concluded that many lower-income persons and families would see their taxes go up.... Read more»1

Smart v. Stupid

Occupy Wall Street — victory in 45 days

Six weeks ago, Occupy Wall Street declared war on government for corporations. Then they shocked all of us by winning.... Read more»3

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Power of progressive economics: The Clinton years

President Bill Clinton’s economic strategy focused on policies that invested in people, innovation, and infrastructure—investments that strengthened communities and our middle class. By pairing that strategy with a smart fiscal approach, his administration and Congress during his two terms in office transformed a weak economy into a fundamentally strong one.... Read more»

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The nasty ripple effects of Ala.’s immigration law

Alabama's H.B. 56 has made the state deeply inhospitable to all immigrants. As U.W. Clemon, Alabama’s first black federal judge, recently put it: In Alabama, “the Hispanic man is the new Negro. … It’s a sad thing to say.”... Read more»5

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8 in 10 unemployed say they'd take any job they can get

As hard times linger, unemployed workers are grappling with shame, anxiety and depression. They are cutting costs, losing health care coverage and worried about retirement. They fear their children’s generation will be worse off than theirs.... Read more»

Think again

The continuing curse of ‘on the one-handism’

What we have here is a prime example of what I have called “on the one-handism,” what Paul Krugman calls “the cult of balance” and what James Fallows calls the problem of “false equivalence.” The phenomenon derives from a multiplicity of causes but rests on two essential insights.... Read more»

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Corps lobby for tax holiday for offshore profits

Goaded by battalions of corporate lobbyists, members of Congress are working to give a select group of U.S. multinational firms like Apple, Oracle and Pfizer a lavish tax break on a trillion dollars stashed offshore. ... Read more»

Iraq pullout could mean more non-competitive defense contracting

Out go all the U.S. troops by year’s end, President Obama said Friday about Iraq. And in go the contractors, along with some familiar contracting problems, say other government officials and independent experts.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Unraveling Cain’s money laundering scheme

Herman Cain’s strategy to buy books from himself sure looks like money laundering. It’s time for an investigation.... Read more»

Analysis

5 canards about job-killing regulations

Despite absolutely no evidence to support it, conservatives base their entire economic message on the empirically disproven notion that businesses aren't hiring because of regulatory burdens placed on them by the federal government.... Read more»

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GOP field shies away from insurance mandate history

In the Republican presidential debate Tuesday night, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged, apparently in an unguarded moment, that a core element of “ObamaCare,” the requirement that all Americans be enrolled in either a private or public health insurance plan, was a proposal originated by the Heritage Foundation, a powerful conservative think tank.... Read more»

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