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Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:6284
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Chart of the Day: Net New Jobs in July

The American economy added 209,000 new jobs in March, but about 90,000 of those jobs were needed just to keep up with population growth, so net job growth clocked in at 119,000. The headline unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 6.2 percent. The jobs number is a little lower than expected, and continues to show that the recovery is weak. Show More Summary

California Projects Very Modest Obamacare Rate Hikes in 2015

Good news from the Golden State! Defying an industry trend of double-digit rate hikes, California officials said the more than 1.2 million consumers in the state-run Obamacare insurance exchange can expect modest price increases of 4.2%...Show More Summary

John Boehner's Lawsuit Against Obama Is Perfectly Reasonable

I've made this point before, but I'd like to make it again: Exactly why is John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama so frivolous? I don't mean this is in a strictly legal sense. It may be that the suit fails immediately for lack of standing. Show More Summary

Microsoft Loses Another Round in E-Mail Privacy Case

The latest in the privacy wars: A federal court in New York ruled Thursday that Microsoft must comply with a U.S. search warrant to turn over a customer’s e-mails held in a server overseas. ....A number of tech firms and privacy advocates...Show More Summary

Yes, the CIA Spied on the Senate

Earlier this year, CIA Director John Brennan accused staffers from the Senate Intelligence Committee of removing classified material from the CIA office where they were researching a report on the agency's use of torture during the Bush administration. Show More Summary

Why American Politics Is Broken In One Sentence

Dave Weigel explains modern politics in a single sentence: Voters are aware of a border crisis, they are aware that Barack Obama is president—they blame him for nothing getting done. Yep. Republicans can basically do anything they want and never get blamed for it. Show More Summary

This is the Lamest Defense of GMO Foods Ever

Over on our environment blog, Chris Mooney posts an excerpt from an interview in which Neil deGrasse Tyson defends GMO foods: "Practically every food you buy in a store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food," asserts Tyson. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: Vulture Fund Suing Argentina Is Just a Lonely Defender of the Free Market

Here is fellow hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb defending Paul Singer, the billionaire owner of the vulture fund that successfully forced Argentina into default because it was insisting on full payment for old Argentine bonds: He doesn’t get into fights for the sake of fighting. Show More Summary

Republicans About to Blow Up Emergency Border Crisis Funding

The Obama administration is—once again—being forced to go into crisis mode to keep the government functioning because Republicans refuse to do their most basic job: appropriating money to deal with emergencies. This time it's for the...Show More Summary

Lucy and the Great 10% Myth

Andrew Sullivan reminds me of something I was curious about the other day. He quotes Jeffrey Kluger, who writes in Time that he's annoyed with the movie Lucy because it perpetuates the ridiculous myth that we only use 10 percent of our brains. Show More Summary

An Awful Lot of People Think Obama Is Bored With Being President

You have to give the Fox News polling operation credit for mixing things up in an interesting way sometimes. At first glance, their latest poll is just a collection of all the usual leading questions about Obama busting up the Constitution, Obama being a loser compared to Vladimir Putin, Obama being incompetent, etc. Show More Summary

GDP Increases At a Smart 4.0% Rate in Second Quarter

Here's something that counts as good news: GDP increased in the second quarter at an annual rate of 4.0 percent. At the same time, the first quarter numbers were revised to a slightly less horrible -2.1 percent growth rate. This means,...Show More Summary

Republicans Still Holding Up Virtually All Obama Appointments

Jonathan Bernstein notes today that although filibuster reform has technically given Democrats the ability to confirm any executive branch appointment, in practice Republicans can still tie up the Senate by insisting on lengthy parliamentary delays for every nominee. Show More Summary

My Ten Dollar Offer to the Halbig Truthers

There's no question that the statutory text of Obamacare contains a mistake. In one of its sections, it authorizes federal subsidies only for taxpayers who enroll through a state-based exchange, not for those who enroll through the federal exchange. Show More Summary

The NRA's Murder Mystery

Robert J. Dowlut is the NRA's top lawyer, a "human encyclopedia" on the subject of state gun laws and the man responsible for much of the gun lobby's success in a series of court cases that have steadily eroded restrictions on gun ownership in the United States. Show More Summary

Guns and Doctors: A Follow-Up

Aaron Carroll responds to my skeptical take on doctors asking patients about their gun ownership: I think you ask legitimate questions, but these are consensus things that pediatricians ask about. You’re thinking like an adult, and not as a parent. I don’t know if internists ask adults about guns. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: "The Press Loves to Cover Her Hard"

Dave Weigel notes that the media is still obsessed with Hillary Clinton's comment about being "dead broke" when she and Bill left the White House: They've got to be sick of this by now. Maggie Haberman had it nailed three weeks ago:Show More Summary

Should Doctors Ask You About Your Guns?

In Florida, it's illegal for a physician to ask you if you own a gun. Pediatrician Aaron Carroll thinks this is ridiculous: When pediatricians ask you about using car seats, they’re trying to prevent injuries. When they ask you about how your baby sleeps, they’re trying to prevent injuries. Show More Summary

Color Me Skeptical About a Guaranteed Income for All

Should we have a guaranteed minimum income in the United States? Something nice and simple that would replace nearly our entire current alphabet soup of means-tested welfare programs? 1 Dylan Matthews posts about this frequently, and others chime in occasionally as well. Show More Summary

America Should Get Out of the Peacekeeping Business in Israel

From the Washington Post: Anyone who has made even a passing glance at the Israeli media in the past few days will have noticed the incredible chorus of criticism being directed at John Kerry right now. The secretary of state has been...Show More Summary

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