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This Is How Politics Is Supposed to Work – Civic Skunk Works

This Is How Politics Is Supposed to Work – Civic Skunk Works This is only possible when both sides agree that the program is worth creating and only differ in approach and funding. This is simply not the case on the national level because the GOP is opposed to anything other than tax cuts and […]

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Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets

Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets The most recent report along these lines was a May Central Florida Commission on Homelessness study indicating that the region spends $31,000 a year per homeless person on “the salaries of law-enforcement officers to arrest and transport homeless individuals — […]

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Climate change deniers are not skeptics.

Climate change deniers are not skeptics. Skepticism is all about critical examination, evidence-based scientific inquiry, and the use of reason in examining controversial claims. Those who flatly deny the results of climate science do not partake in any of the above. They base their conclusions on a priori convictions. Theirs is an ideological conviction—the opposite […]

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Talking white: Black people’s disdain for proper English and academic achievement is a myth.

Talking white: Black people’s disdain for proper English and academic achievement is a myth. By contrast, “acting white” accusations were least common at the most segregated schools, a finding echoed by a 2006 study from Harvard economist Roland Fryer, who found “no evidence at all that getting good grades adversely affects students’ popularity” in predominantly […]

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New study shows that the savings from ‘tort reform’ are mythical

New study shows that the savings from ‘tort reform’ are mythical “Tort reform,” which is usually billed as the answer to “frivolous malpractice lawsuits,” has been a central plank in the Republican program for healthcare reform for decades. The notion has lived on despite copious evidence that that the so-called defensive medicine practiced by doctors […]

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The Worst Governments in America Are Local

The Worst Governments in America Are Local Uber has brought taxicab regulations, unlike other manifestations of Big Small Government, onto the national stage. It has scrambled partisan lines. Republicans have attempted to turn Uber into a symbol of free-market economics that can appeal to young and urban voters. Uber hired David Plouffe, the Obama-campaign whiz, […]

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Two Theories of Poverty

Two Theories of Poverty Poverty replicates itself in very predictable structural ways. Not a perfect article but worth a read. I’ve never seen any reason to support the pull-your-pants up view of poverty being a defect in individuals. If it were true the great depression would have been the great slack where a fifth of […]

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Obamacare implementation went great and people love it

Obamacare implementation went great and people love it None of this proves that the Affordable Care Act is a good law or that conservatives should love it. But it does prove that the Affordable Care Act is working just fine. When an initiative comes in ahead of schedule and below-cost, that’s called working. And the […]

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Build We Won’t

Build We Won’t We can’t simply write a check to the highway fund, we’re told, because that would increase the deficit. And deficits are evil, at least when there’s a Democrat in the White House, even if the government can borrow at incredibly low interest rates. And we can’t raise gas taxes because that would […]

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The ACLU and the NSA’s ex-director will debate spying on June 30th

The ACLU and the NSA’s ex-director will debate spying on June 30th On MSNBC.