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Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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A Progress Report on "Reform Conservatism"

Does the new generation of "reform conservatives" represent real change for the Republican Party? In policy terms, not really. They've offered up a few variations on popular conservative themes (reducing taxes via child tax credits instead of cuts in top marginal rates, for example), but for the most part they've just nibbled around the edges. Show More Summary

Does Financial Literacy Matter?

We recently received the grim news that American schoolkids are behind their international peers when it comes to financial literacy. We can add this to the pile of grim news about American schoolkids being behind their international...Show More Summary

Prior Experience Doesn't Matter (Much)

Tyler Cowen points to yet another story today about how HR departments are using big data to hire and manage employees, and it's fairly interesting throughout. However, my appreciation for the power of this approach was certainly enhanced...Show More Summary

Boehner's First Lawsuit: Obamacare is the Lucky Winner

I am pleased to report that John Boehner has taken my advice. He introduced a House resolution today that would give him authority to sue the president, and here's what it says: Resolved, That the Speaker may initiate or intervene in...Show More Summary

Fine. I Retract My Defense of Optics.

On Wednesday morning, conservatives were all atwitter over the fact that President Obama had been photographed playing pool and drinking a beer the previous night in Denver. A mere thousand miles away, there was a humanitarian crisis...Show More Summary

Americans Are Surprisingly Stressed Out About News and Politics

Via Wonkblog, here's a fascinating little chart courtesy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They just released a survey about the causes of stress, and things like health and money problems are predictably the biggest sources. But...Show More Summary

Republicans Love Obamacare!

Here's an additional tidbit from that recent Commonwealth Fund survey about Obamacare: That's a lot of Republicans who are satisfied with their Obamacare coverage. They might not realize it's Obamacare—perhaps they know it as Kynect or Covered California—but they like it. Show More Summary

Who's Afraid of an Itsy Bitsy Bit of Inflation, Anyway?

Why are so many people obsessed with "hard money"? Why the endless hysterics about the prospect of inflation getting higher than 2 percent? Paul Krugman, like many others, thinks it's basically a class issue. If you have a lot of debt, inflation is a good thing because it lowers the real value of your debt. Show More Summary

Pundits, Start Your Engines!

So what's the next step in the border crisis? President Obama has introduced an emergency proposal; he's traveled to Texas to discuss it with his political opponents; and in order to stem the tide of immigrants he's declined to engage...Show More Summary

It's More or Less Final: Obamacare Has Insured About 11 Million People

Jonathan Cohn passes along the results of a new study from the Commonwealth Fund which estimates that the ranks of the uninsured have dropped by about 5 percentage points since the start of the Obamacare rollout: To put that in more concrete terms, there are still a lot of Americans walking around without health insurance today. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: "This Isn't Theater"

From President Obama, asked why he wasn't making a visit to the border during his trip to Texas today: This isn't theater. This is a problem. "I'm not interested in a photo-op," he said. "I'm interested in solving a problem." It would be nice if he weren't the only one.

Medicare Just Keeps Producing Great Budget News

Medicare has been a bastion of good news lately. Every year, the CBO reduces its baseline estimate of Medicare costs, which have dropped by more than $1,000 since 2010. So what's going on? Tricia Neuman and Juliette Cubanski of the Kaiser...Show More Summary

Vladimir Putin Abandons His Erstwhile Allies

Julia Ioffe writes about the latest from Ukraine: As the Ukrainian army chases separatists from the strongholds they've held for months, Moscow has barely said anything—despite its springtime rants about protecting Russians whereverShow More Summary

Yet Another Day in Republican Scumbaggery

Today President Obama asked Congress to approve $3.7 billion in emergency funding to help deal with the surge of minors crossing the border. You may color me unsurprised over the Republican response: The proposal was quickly met with...Show More Summary

Finally, Someone With the Guts to Call for Obama's Impeachment

I see that Sarah Palin is apparently starved for attention again. Here's her latest: President Obama’s rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here. It’s not going to get better, and in fact irreparable...Show More Summary

Will the Washington Post Destroy "Incidental" NSA Intercepts When It's Done With Them?

A couple of days ago the Washington Post published an article based on a cache of thousands of surveillance intercepts that it got from Edward Snowden. That produced the suggestion—not widespread, I think, but still out there—that the Post was now violating privacy just like the NSA has been. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Bizarro John Boehner Joins Twitter

Steve Benen points me to the latest foray into social networking from Speaker John Boehner: Democrats like to say they want to fix #ObamaCare, but where’s their plan? They don’t have one. It's not worth belaboring the fact that this is epically dumb. Show More Summary

Defining Stalinoid Down

Last night I was paging through the New Republic and, for some reason, ended up torturing myself by reading Leon Wieselter's latest exercise in pretension and self-regard. It was fairly ordinary, as these things go, but included this...Show More Summary

Yet Another Chuckleheaded Covert Op in the US-Cuba Relationship

Remember that story a couple of years ago about Sen. Robert Menendez supposedly cavorting with teenage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic? Well.... According to a former U.S. official with firsthand knowledge of government intelligence,...Show More Summary

Murder Is Down 63% in San Francisco. Lead Probably Isn't the Reason.

Every time a city reports a big drop in crime, someone sends me a link to a story about it. San Francisco is the latest: During the first half of the year, the city saw 14 killings — a 36 percent drop from the 22 recorded at the midpoint...Show More Summary

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