April 30, 2017

How US Gun Control Compares to the Rest of the World

A gun shop in Fountain Valley, California. (Photo by Creative Commons License)

Other ‘advanced nations’ make it far harder for someone to get his hands on any kind of firearm. Read More »

Five-fold Upsurge in Super PACs, Dark Money Groups’ Spending

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Spending by political organizations working to influence the 2016 elections outside the party or official campaign structure registers a five-fold increase by this date in the last presidential cycle. Read More »

Carson’s Islamophobia Isn’t Just Hateful…

Dr. Ben Carson speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons License)

The purported theological and legal logic shoring up Carson’s claims is muddled at best, and completely nonsensical at worst. Read More »

After Obama: Clinton vs. Sanders

Will Clinton’s more muscular alternative be the future of U.S. foreign policy if the Democrats hold on to the Oval Office in 2016? (Photo by Marc Nozell, Creative Commons License)

Hillary Clinton just laid out a hawkish foreign policy vision in a major speech. How do her views stack up against those of Bernie Sanders, her challenger from the left? Read More »

14 Years After 9/11, Obama Still Struggles to Close Gitmo

A member of Puerto Rico Army National Guard guards her post over the Joint Task Force Guantanamo detention facility at sunrise. (Photo by The National Guard, Creative Commons License)

The president has faced opposition from Republicans, Democrats and even two of his own secretaries of defense in trying to close Gitmo. Read More »

Setting the Right Course in the Next Budget Agreement

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While the economy is steadily improving, this recovery has done little or nothing for the household budgets of many middle-class and low-income Americans. This dynamic is dramatically illustrated by data compiled by economist Emmanuel Saez, which show that the top 1 percent of Americans reaped 58 percent of all income gains from 2009 to 2014. Meanwhile, median wages have been stagnant ... Read More »

Reflecting on New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina

A view of destruction in the Lower Ninth Ward New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city ten years ago.  (Photo by John McQuaid, Creative Commons License)

Ten years after Katrina, recovery in New Orleans is mixed – divided in familiar patterns between white and black, rich and poor. The same groups that suffered the brunt of the storm still struggle. Read More »

How Overtime Rules Would Benefit Millennials

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Reforming the overtime rule is an important step toward ensuring that workers are earning pay for all the hours that they work, as well as offering the Millennial generation basic opportunities to reach and build up the middle class. Read More »

What’s Really at Stake With the Iran Nuclear Deal

Dark smoke from a gas and oil fields near Ahwaz, Khuzestan province, Iran. (Photo by dynamosquito, Creative Commons License)

If the Iran nuclear deal eventually leads to a withdrawal of sanctions, the results will be increased Iranian supplies, forcing prices lower by some $10 per barrel. That could go a long way in changing the political structure of the Middle East, reducing West's dependency on its traditional allies in the region. Washington wants Iran positioned as a competitor to Russia for EU and Asian energy markets, and as a bulwark against Russian and Chinese expansion. Read More »

Check out College Tax Credits for 2015

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Now is a good time for parents and students to see if they will qualify for either of two college tax credits or other education-related tax benefits when they file their 2015 federal income tax returns. Read More »