Commentary

A stagnant economy is bad. Add inflation and it's much worse.

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Demos Senior Fellow Allison Fine addresses the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines used throughout Pennsylvania's many municipalities.

The folks at Why Tuesday have been provided a heads up that several Pennsylvania counties are using Sequoia Voting Systems electronic voting machine. These are the same machines that failed dramatically in the New Jersey primary on Super Tuesday in February.

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The next administration will expand health coverage. Will they fix what is broken — or just inflate costs?

America's health-insurance system is nearing a breakdown. Not only are nearly one-third of all Americans uninsured at some point every year, according to the Commonwealth Fund, but growing numbers of Americans who are nominally covered are seriously underinsured. When insurance fails to cover medically needed procedures, tests, or prescription drugs, citizens must choose between medical care and other necessities of life.

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A discussion with James Gustave Speth: Brookings Institute

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Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson wants to expand the Fed's powers to bail out struggling investment banks. Obama understands that this would only encourage damaging speculation.

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Are we in a financial crisis because of too much regulation — or not enough? At bottom, three kinds of abuses led to the current crisis, while President Bush's regulators stood idly by.

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Yes, the financial regulation system needs overhaul, but the proposed plan is a Band-Aid for Wall Street's mortal wounds

Here's how to think about the proposed reform of financial oversight unveiled by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Monday: The Federal Reserve Bank, whose job already includes regulating a large component of the financial system, has failed pretty badly at its tasks. The proposed solution-to give it more responsibility-seems ridiculous and hazardous.

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Obama's Cooper Union speech presages an FDR-like approach to our faltering economy. Why can't Paul Krugman see that?

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