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Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
Posts on Regator:5781
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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The Trade Deficit Is Down, But There's a Catch

The Wall Street Journal reports on the latest trade deficit numbers: The U.S. current-account deficit sank to the lowest level in more than 14 years at the end of 2013, reflecting a smaller trade gap and better returns on assets Americans own abroad....The gap, which has narrowed 20% from a year earlier, now represents 1.9% of U.S. Show More Summary

Bobby Jindal Is Running for President

I guess it's the law: The modern way to announce that you've thrown your hat in the ring for the Republican presidential nomination has nothing to do with Facebook or Twitter or anything like that. You merely have to ratchet up your wingnut rhetoric to 11. Show More Summary

Obama's Approval Rating Is Remarkably Steady No Matter What Happens

Jonathan Bernstein writes today that President Obama's approval rating has pulled ahead of George Bush's approval rating at this point in his presidency. "This is not to say Obama is doing well," he warns. "Unless his recent improvement...Show More Summary

How Mismanagement of GMO Corn Created a Super Predator

Are genetically modified foods safe? As near as I can tell, the scientific community—and no, not just the part of it paid by Monsanto—has been pretty unequivocal on this subject: you can eat GMO foods with no qualms. It's possible that...Show More Summary

Sorry, But Childhood Obesity Hasn't Budged in the Past Ten Years

Remember that CDC study showing a dramatic drop in obesity among 2-5 year olds that I wrote about last month? I was skeptical that it was real, and today Sharon Begley of Reuters follows up. Her conclusion? The whole thing is almostShow More Summary

Playing Political Games With Surgeon Generals Is Nothing New

Vivek Murthy, President Obama's nominee as surgeon general, supports regulations on gun use. This has earned him fierce opposition from the NRA and seems likely to sink his nomination entirely. Paul Waldman comments: In the calculations...Show More Summary

Let Us Sing a Dirge for "Spit and Image"

We got some quick work from the Times copy desk today: the blurb on the left lasted only a couple of minutes before someone rebelled and fixed it. This reminds me of a Slate column from a couple of years ago in which Juliet Lapidos tried bravely to defend her use of spit and image on the grounds that "it makes more sense to me," but that's hopeless. Show More Summary

Reince Priebus is Playing Smart Politics. Maybe Democrats Should Try It Too.

Here's the latest from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus: At a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast on Tuesday Priebus said Republicans would see massive gains in the 2014 election, especially in the Senate. "I think we're in for a tsunami election," Preibus said. Show More Summary

"Hoovering Up Phone Calls" No Longer Just a Turn of Phrase for the NSA

Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani report today that the NSA now has the ability to capture and save the contents of every single telephone conversation in several target countries: In the initial deployment, collection systems are recording...Show More Summary

France Threatens to Cancel Russian Ship Contract Over Crimea Annexation

So what can Europe do to express its displeasure over Russia's annexation of Crimea? Robert Farley writes that France is currently building a pair of amphibious helicopter carriers for Russia's Pacific fleet: That sale is now in considerable doubt. Show More Summary

Can Nate Silver Monetize the Wonkosphere?

Nate Silver says his goal at the new FiveThirtyEight is to be a fox, not a hedgehog. That is, to know lots of little things, not just one big thing. Paul Krugman is not impressed with how that's turned out so far: You can’t be an effective fox just by letting the data speak for itself — because it never does. Show More Summary

Housekeeping Note

Have you noticed the new widget at the top of the page? If you're reading the main blog page, probably not. But if you click on a specific post, you'll see something that looks like this: It's a fundraising tool that matches social network sharing with donations. Show More Summary

Democrats Are In For a World of Hurt If They Keep Running From Obamacare

Last month, when the latest Obamacare horror story turned out to be largely invented out of whole cloth, I speculated about what this means. "I'm a diehard defender of Obamacare," I said, "and even I concede that there ought to be at least hundreds of thousands of people who are truly worse off than they were with their old plans. Show More Summary

Are Corporations Hoarding Cash? It's Complicated.

Over at the newly launched—or relaunched—, Ben Casselman updates us on the enormous mountains of cash that have been piling up in company treasuries ever since the recession ended: One of the early narratives of the...Show More Summary

The Strange, Suicidal Odyssey of Dave Camp's Tax Reform Plan

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Dave Camp's tax reform proposal, and I was predictably dismissive. It was decent effort, I said, but it was DOA before Camp even officially announced it. Still, "I'll be interested in following the reaction as everyone figures out just whose ox would be gored by his various bullet points. Show More Summary

GOP Offers Up a New Health Care Propo....z z z z

I hear that House Republicans have a shiny new health care plan they plan to introduce sometime soon. Before I read past the headlines, let me take a guess at what's in it: Tort reform Health savings accounts Interstate purchase of health plans High-risk pools OK, now let's take a look. Show More Summary

Obamacare is Probably Safe, But It's Not a Slam Dunk

I was chatting with a friend this weekend about what Republicans will do if they manage to win total control of the government in 2016. Will they abolish the filibuster and repeal Obamacare? I think the odds are low. At a guess, I'dShow More Summary

Dorian Nakamoto Hires Lawyer, Denies Any Bitcoin Connection

Just a quick update on Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto of Temple City, the man Newsweek says is the inventor of Bitcoin. He has hired a lawyer and released a statement: In the statement, Nakamoto says: "I did not create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin. Show More Summary

One Man's True Experience With the Naked Web

One thing led to another this weekend, and yesterday I found myself playing around with Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1. It had probably been 20 years since I'd last used it. It turned out to be surprisingly nice once I got everything set up, so then I got curious and set up the tile version too. Show More Summary

US Announces Plan to Give Up Control Over Internet Plumbing

Well, this is interesting: U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move likely to please international critics but alarm many business leaders and others who rely on smooth functioning of the Web. Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. Show More Summary

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