Economy

The constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the subject of three days of oral argument before the Supreme Court beginning Monday, could well turn on whether the Court concludes that Congress can compel a citizen to buy a commercial product, in this case health insurance. At the heart of...
03/26/2012
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Today, many young people wanting to do good face a confounding puzzle.  While we belong to “the most progressive generation in American history” and exhibit record levels of commitment to positive social change, our generation is currently experiencing the highest unemployment...
03/24/2012
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Today is the second anniversary of Obama’s healthcare reform being signed into law, but he’s not commenting on it. He may be afraid of touching this new third rail of politics that the right has created, but there are some reasons young Americans should be celebrating today. As result...
03/23/2012
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The Federal Reserve Board of Dallas released a report from its chief researcher, Harvey Rosenblum, which has caused quite a stir. The report cites Fed statistics showing that the five largest US banks hold a remarkable 52% of all bank assets:  U.S. Banking Concentration Increased Dramatically...
03/23/2012
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Today's debate about "regulatory overreach" is filled with mostly empty talking points, so it's easy to forget that there's actually a ton of regularly-updated, widely available data analyzing precisely the cost-benefit breakdown of federal rules and regulations. Yesterday, the OMB released a draft...
03/23/2012
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One aspect of Paul Ryan’s new budget that hasn’t drawn much attention is that it is a big love letter to the Pentagon. Ryan rejects the idea that budgetary pressures should have any effect on defense spending, which he argues should be dictated purely by “strategic”...
03/22/2012
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As the Supreme Court takes up the Affordable Care Act and its most controversial provision, the individual mandate to purchase health insurance, legal analysts are busily debating how the ruling might go -- looking back decades for precedents. More interesting, though, are the core moral questions...
03/22/2012
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The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) released a report yesterday showing that women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs, and that "the share of women pursuing degrees in STEM fields at community colleges is significantly...
03/20/2012
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How much would I like to see New York raise its minimum wage? Let's put it this way: in 2001 as New Yorkers fought to increase the minimum from its then-abysmal level of $5.15, I dressed up in a too-large ostrich costume and paraded outside a strip mall in the Bronx. The goofy attire part of a...
02/02/2012
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“Every week I would work different hours, and budgeting to make rent and cover my expenses became difficult because I didn’t know how much I would earn each month,” explains Janet, a former Tommy Hilfiger salesperson.  She is one of 436 workers surveyed as part of a new study...
01/19/2012
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