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Policy 360: How to Really Help American Workers -- a Conversation with William 'Sandy' Darity

'The latest research on poverty indicates that a federal job guarantee is economically feasible. Such a guarantee could help address big American issues like crumbling infrastructure while at the same time ensuring workers aren't living in poverty. Show More Summary

This Holiday Season, Gift the World Some Product Reviews

This year, the National Retail Federation predicts Americans will spend somewhere in the ballpark of $682 billion in November and December alone. That mind-bogglingly big number includes everything from a big turkey dinner for the whole family to that smart fork your mom’s been dropping not-so-subtle hints about. Show More Summary

If you want to see what America would be like if it ditched net neutrality, just look at Portugal

The Federal Communications Commission is planning to ditch net neutrality, which requires internet providers to treat all data online equally. A Portuguese internet provider shows what the American internet could look like if net neutrality...Show More Summary

Atheists sue to halt annual blessing of the animals at shelter

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

An atheist group has its hackles up over an annual event that it calls unconstitutional – the blessing of the animals at the Bergen County Animal Shelter. The group, American Atheists Inc. of Cranford, claims in a federal lawsuit that the Teterboro shelter’s event, in which animals are...

The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is at a five-year low, according to a new report

The average price of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is at a five-year low, according to a 2017 report from the American Farm Bureau Federation (ABF). For a group of 10, it will cost around $49.12 this year — or $4 per person. TheShow More Summary

Forbes federal budget expert condemns GOP tax bill: ‘The end of all economic sanity in Washington’

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Forbes contributor Stan Collender, an expert who has spent his career working with the federal budget, warned over the weekend that the Republican tax bill would be a disaster for the American economy. In a piece published on Sunday, Collender argues that “the GOP tax cut now working its way...

Much Russian Activity Meddling in 2016 Elections Likely Didn’t Violate Federal Law, Wouldn’t Be Covered by Proposed “Honest Ads Act,” and May Be Beyond (Conservative Justices’ Views of) Constitution to Limit

I’ve already hinted at some of these things in this Politico piece, but I’ve now fleshed it out in the latest draft of my forthcoming First Amendment Law Review article, Cheap Speech and What It Has Done (to American Democracy). … Continue reading ?

Americans aged 18-34 most likely to oppose assault weapons ban, poll finds

4 days agoHumor / odd : The Sideshow

The previous national federal ban on assault weapons lapsed more than a decade ago, and Congress has not renewed it. Resistance to a ban on military-style assault weapons is strongest among millennials, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released this week. Show More Summary

About A Third Of Americans Unaware Of Obamacare Open Enrollment

5 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Nonetheless, federal officials report sign-ups are robust so far this year.

EV Tax Credit Repeal Hurts American Innovation

With the House of Representatives having passed its tax reform plans and the Senate having released its version, the uncertainty around the basic existence of the federal EV tax credit, as evidenced by the difference between the two proposals, will be disruptive to the industry. Show More Summary

Thanksgiving Dinner Will Cost Less Than Last Year

This year’s Thanksgiving dinner should cost slightly less than last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation‘s 32nd annual price survey of items traditionally used in the Thanksgiving meal. The cost of the dinner is the lowest since 2013, according to Dr. Show More Summary

6.3 million Americans are 90 days late on their auto loan payments

A rising number of Americans are unable to make the monthly payments on their car or truck loans and are in danger of having their vehicles repossessed, according to data released this week by the New York Federal Reserve. There are 6.3 million Americans who are 90 days late — or more — on their...

Trade, Farm Bill & Taxes…Oh My!

Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst represented the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) at last week’s NAFB Trade Talk. As you can guess, trade, 2018 farm bill and tax reform were key issues we discussed. When it comes to NAFTA renegotiations, Hurst said, “U.S. Show More Summary

Tennis-Sock stuns Zverev to prolong London adventure, Federer rolls on

LONDON, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Jack Sock became the first American to reach the last four of the ATP Finals for 10 years when he stunned world number three Alexander Zverev in a firecracker of a match on Thursday.

Much Ado Abood the First Amendment

After a year of contentious negotiations between Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 (“AFSCME”), the parties reached a bargaining impasse in early 2016. AsShow More Summary

Why the U.S. Fails at Worker Training

Automation and globalization are making some workers’ skills obsolete. Why can’t the federal government figure out how to successfully prepare Americans for the future?

Remembering Uwe

By JEFF GOLDSMITH The healthcare world learned with great sadness this week of the passing of our friend, Uwe Reinhardt. I met Uwe in 1982 at the Federation of American Hospitals meeting in Las Vegas. Uwe opened the meeting by apologizing, in his disarming German accent, for not being his usual sharp self. He had,

Japan's Plea To Millennials: Please Buy Stocks

Ever since the Federal Reserve first got into the business of blowing massive equity bubbles back in the 1980's, Americans have shown a willingness to happily, if ignorantly, embrace each successive iteration to the rigged market. Of...Show More Summary

A few random thoughts on Taxes

A few random thoughts...Income and corporate taxes are just part of the tax system. Americans pay a wide variety of taxes. These include sales, property, payroll, state and Federal income and corporate taxes, and more. Many of these taxes are regressive, meaning that lower income families pay a higher percentage of their income for these taxes. Show More Summary

Americans' debt level rises in third quarter

Americans' debt level rose during the third quarter, driven by an increase in mortgage loans, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York report published on Tuesday. Read more...

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