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Unemployment Benefits and Unemployment

On Up with Chris Hayes today, one of the topics we discussed was the extension of unemployment insurance benefits. I’d like to take this opportunity to revise and extend my ...

On Medicare, Save Money Now

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R) and Senator Ron Wyden (D) are out today with a joint proposal on Medicare reform, and structurally, the plan makes a lot of ...
Politics & Policy

Yes, Layoffs Are Bad

In his “Theodore Roosevelt” speech in Osawatomie, Kan., President Obama heaped praise on a Minnesota company, Marvin Windows and Doors, for its worker-friendly policies. Marvin weathered a recession that battered ...

Corporate Welfare Fraud, Massachusetts Edition

Last year, Iowa’s film subsidy program was brought down in a fraud scandal. Now, Massachusetts’s film subsidy program has a scandal of its own: A Los Angeles-based filmmaker was charged Friday ...

Pushing Back on Tylenol Hysteria

CORRECTION: Ack. I got the key stat in this piece wrong–there were 458 acetaminophen overdose deaths per year in the United States in the 1990s, not 458 over nine years. ...

Car seats and birth rates

How much have increasingly tight laws on where your children may sit in your car–laws requiring children to sit in car seats until higher ages and weights, and laws barring ...

Newt Gingrich on the GSE Model

This interview has been floating around the web a little bit, but I don’t think it’s gotten quite the attention it deserves. Back when Newt Gingrich was serving as Freddie ...

Why Not Medical Pricing Transparency?

Recently, my employer switched to a high-deductible health insurance plan, which means I’m paying at the margin for most of my health care. As a result, I have become more ...

Occupy DC and the Rule of Law

Over at Moneybox, Matt Yglesias writes that “a misguided offshoot of the Occupy DC movement managed to briefly occupy the vacant Franklin School building which the city is looking to ...