Commentary

Senior Fellow David Callahan outlines that instead of again learning the hard way where the opportunities for fraud and abuse exist, Congress needs to get ahead of the curve. In the wake of corporate scandals it should be crystal clear just how important it is to have a government that can protect citizens from rogue businesses.

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Myra Batchelder, Policy Analyst in the Economic Opportunity Program, outlines how if Congress wants to fortify marriage and the family, they should look more closely at the lives and challenges faced by real families in this country, instead of using religious-fundamentalist ideology to help craft policy, which excludes so many. "Healthy Marriage Promotion Activities" divert millions in funding from beneficial programs such as higher education aid, child care, job training and Medicaid that ideally help all families.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner calls to watch out for John McCain as he manages to be both the anti-Bush within the Republican Party, and also Bush's enabler. This split role, which his bipartisan fans somehow miss, positions McCain perfectly for 2008 as the guy untarnished by all the bad stuff Bush brought us, but who continues the same regime.

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Senior Fellow Jonathan Cohn discusses how as medical care becomes more expensive, the important arrangements for shared protection become more important — because the cost of treating even an illness becomes such a greater threat to an individual's personal income.

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The New Republic

Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert H. Frank outlines how John Maynard Keynes speculated about how the continuation of such spectacular productivity growth might transform our lives.

Productivity's upward trajectory has become even steeper in the decades since 1930, yet people are working just as hard as ever.

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Senior Fellow David Callahan argues that values remain a potent underlying context for politics. Polls show that church-going whites favor Republicans by a nearly 25-point margin and that the GOP also holds a huge edge among married parents. Unless Democrats can address this deficit, dreams of a new majority will remain just that.

"Moral values" appear off the political agenda as the midterm elections approach.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner discusses the need for diplomacy with Iran before launching what could well be World War III.

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Senior Fellow Nomi Prins gives a top ten list of the worst offenses we've seen since 2001 by fiscal conservatives in the United States.

If you ever wanted to see how badly 'conservatives' have been shaking the silver out of our pockets in the past six years, this list is it.

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Distinguished Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner writes that after nearly six years of blind loyalty, Republican moderates in Congress are beginning to rebel against the sheer recklessness of their president, or more specifically, of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, the architects of these policies.

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In her latest book, Jacked, Senior Fellow Nomi Prins demonstrates how health care in the US has gotten so bad that even the wealthy find themselves gasping at the soaring premiums.

What do a successful ABC television producer, an ex-Los Angeles Laker turned actor, and a former meth addict turned PR god all have in common? First, they all spend way too much time in LA traffic. Second, they all think America's current health-care system sucks.

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