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Memorial Day

Honoring our heroes

We pause to reflect on the service of the brave men and women who left their homes and their families since the founding of this great nation to protect their country and advance the pursuit of security and prosperity the world over.... Read more»

Think again

The conservative war on knowledge

As evidenced by the global warming “debate,” Tea Party-style conservatives have a problem with reality.... Read more»

Why Obama's Iran strategy is the best way forward

Even though halting Iran’s nuclear weapon ambitions is an urgent priority, there is time for a disciplined approach and a serious and determined effort to resolve the situation diplomatically.... Read more»

Analysis

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»

Analysis

Middle class, income inequality, and the strength of our economy

For most economists, the concepts of “middle class” or even inequality have not had a prominent place in our thinking about how an economy grows. But that is beginning to change.... Read more»

French voters offer the U.S. a campaign lesson

I’m wondering if there’s a lesson for U.S. politicians and voters in the recently completed French presidential election? My head says “Non!” but my heart screams “Oui! Oui!”... Read more»

Opinion

Killing community survey bad for gov't and business

Last week’s House vote to end the American Community Survey defied the advice of conservative think tank experts, the interests of the business community, and, most critically, common sense.... Read more»

Analysis

Top 10 things to know about military compensation

The Pentagon’s personnel budget is composed of three major items: pay, retirement, and health care. These costs have nearly doubled in the past 10 years and now consume one-third of the baseline defense budget. If they continue growing, these costs will begin to divert funds from other critical national security initiatives such as training and modernization.... Read more»

Analysis

Sen. Rubio's immigration plan under inspection

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s plan to introduce a bill to provide legal status—but not citizenship—for undocumented youth ran into an obstacle when Speaker Boehner announced that such a proposal would not pass his chamber.... Read more»3

Opinion

Time to control runaway military personnel costs

Military personnel costs have nearly doubled since fiscal year 2001. If these costs are allowed to continue rising at their current rate, they will eat through the entire defense budget by FY 2039.... Read more»

Latinos bearing brunt of foreclosure crisis

The effects of the housing market’s collapse can be felt far and wide, though perhaps no more so than by Latinos and other communities of color.... Read more»

Think again

How classical liberalism morphed into New Deal liberalism

The path of American political thought, from Teddy to Franklin: “For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.”... Read more»

Analysis

College costs will soar if student loan interest allowed to double

Interest rates on student loans are set to double in July if Congress fails to act. At a time when tuition is rising at 8.3 percent a year and median wages for young people are falling, young Americans and their families can ill afford more Washington inaction.... Read more»

Analysis

Mexican migration is down - now what?

Let’s get serious about resolving the status of our undocumented population.... Read more»

Arizona v. United States

Experts weigh in on SB 1070 case

The words of experts — from legal scholars to advocates to elected officials — illustrate the devastating effects that SB 1070 and laws similar to it have had on the United States.... Read more»

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