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Intuit TurboTax and other for-profit tax prep companies lead Americans to pay for their stimulus checks

Congress gave the IRS the job of sending out coronavirus rescue checks. But the underfunded agency is struggling, while for-profit companies like Intuit have started circling, hoping to convert Americans in need into paying customers.... Read more»

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Factcheck

Stimulus money for jobs overseas?

An ad from the conservative Americans for Prosperity distorts the truth about stimulus money for “green jobs” going overseas. The ad, titled “Wasteful Spending,” introduces some new wrinkles to this well-used line of attack.... Read more»

Factcheck

Obama ‘Road’ film takes some detours

An Obama campaign film casts the president, not surprisingly, in the best light, but the video lacks context and takes liberties with some facts on health care and the auto bailout.... Read more»

How the stimulus revived the electric car

One success the Obama administration can claim is the rebirth of the electric car industry in the United States. The question: Will it last?... Read more»

Factcheck

Questionable claims from Obama’s '60 Minutes’ interview

President Barack Obama made a couple of questionable claims during a recent interview with Steve Kroft of CBS' "60 Minutes."... Read more»

Senate clears way for Cragin Dam projects

The Senate has passed and sent to the president a bill that should end years of confusion over which federal agency has jurisdiction over the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir in Coconino County.... Read more»

Analysis

Factcheck: Obama's Solyndra problem

President Obama exaggerated when defending his administration’s approval of a $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, a now-defunct solar company.... Read more»

Guest opinion

State legislators should learn from failed federal stimulus efforts

State legislators looking to spur job creation should reject federal stimulus efforts as a model.... Read more»

A guide to Obama's record on the economy

Given the fact that large, sweeping statistics aren't the best gauge of how much credit (or criticism) to give to a politician, ProPublica runs through the various programs Obama created to help the economy, looking at whether they worked and where you can find the best reading on them.... Read more»

Analysis

Economic Myths: Separating fact from fiction

The federal stimulus package passed in 2009 was either a deficit-busting failure full of wasteful projects or an unparalleled rescue that would have been more successful if it had only been bigger. ... Read more»

Analysis

Debt limit uncertainty is a drag on economy

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»

City offers home energy efficiency upgrades

The City of Tucson is seeking 100 additional applications from homeowners for energy efficiency retrofits. ... Read more»

GAO reports stimulus recepients delinquent on taxes

At least 3,700 Recovery Act recipients owe more than $750 million in taxes, despite receiving a $24 billion handout from the federal government. An analysis by the Government Accountability Office found that almost 5 percent of the 80,000 Recovery Act recipients had significant tax debt.... Read more»

Behind the spin: Bailout still $123 billion in the red

The administration has been on a PR offensive in recent months to tell the good news about the TARP. In fact, many of its investments have turned a profit, and some of its most infamous bailouts — such as the rescue of AIG — won't end up being the tax dollar black holes they once seemed sure to be. But the true picture isn't so rosy.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Fox News top source of voter misinformation, study finds

The bad news for Fox News viewers is that merely watching the channel appears to be toxic. Daily watchers of Fox News believed the most misinformation of anyone. “Fox displays a particular pattern of misinformation. The more you watch the more inaccurate your views.” ... Read more»2

Comic:

Who would Jesus (let) die?

Gov. Jan Brewer found that a good way to save 1/10th of 1% of our deficit, approximately $1.4 million, is to remove poor people from the lists of those who are waiting for organ transplants.... Read more»

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