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The Prescott Courthouse decorated for the 2010 holidays.

A lover of Christmas says the real war over the holiday is not being fought over taxpayer dollars spent on carving scripture into courthouse walls, or the lawn in front of a city hall where a crèche used to be placed. How the holiday is being undermined by those who claim to protect it. Read more»

It seems far more important to the nation that members of the House of Representatives be free of the influence of reality-altering substances than unemployed people. Read more» 2

There are nine simple steps that policymakers can take immediately to reduce inequality, get our upside-down economy back on its feet, and begin restoring the promise of the American Dream. Read more» 2

Most businesses don’t make big investments or ramp up hiring when they see a substantial risk of the economy tanking. Right now the failure to increase the federal debt limit is creating such a risk and that may well be why the economy is starting to drag. Read more»

Opinion: It’s the big debate in Washington—extend the “tax cuts for the middle class” alone or include the “tax cuts for the wealthy,” too. A choice between “us” or “them and us.” But really, it’s not a question of whether everyone gets their tax cuts extended. It’s a question of whether everyone gets something and the rich get a bonus. Read more»

Al Tech Specialty Steel, an abandoned steel mill in Menands, NY.

The Great Recession dealt a crushing blow to the well-being of the American people, but our economy had actually been in a tough spot for many years. Before President Bush left an economic collapse on President Obama’s doorstep, he presided over two terms of supply-side policies that yielded the weakest expansion in recent U.S. economic history. Read more»