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A matter of trust

Billy Joel: Bookmark It

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That’s the percentage of Republican voters who support Net Neutrality: House Republicans are trying to block the new net neutrality rules passed by the FCC, and are turning a victory for the open internet into an Obama conspiracy theory. In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the Republicans threatened to block the new net […]

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How can this be?

This would mean Keynesian economics work, and we know that can’t be true! When he took office in January of 2011, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton inherited a $6.2 billion budget deficit and a 7 percent unemployment rate from his predecessor, Tim Pawlenty, the soon-forgotten Republican candidate for the presidency who called himself Minnesota’s first true […]

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Insurance carriers that administer the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program are asking Hurricane Sandy victims to keep quiet about allegations of fraudulently altered engineering reports. In exchange for settling claims with FEMA, the private insurers want homeowners to give up their right to cooperate in any state or federal investigations. Steve Mostyn, […]

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Why Scott Walker can’t handle the national spotlight: But in reality, no one should have been surprised by Walker’s stormy entry into the early primary season, because the conventional wisdom about him was flawed all along. As I reported last year, Walker rose to power in Wisconsin less by reaching out to Democrats and swing […]

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Waiting for Godot

I suppose we’ll find out what’s going on eventually: Liberal hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Tuesday that she’s waiting to see how progressive a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign would be. Asked by the Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” whether Clinton would be a “progressive warrior,” Warren didn’t exactly give a ringing endorsement. […]

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How about that? In January, the town of Seatac, Washington, put in to effect a new $15 per hour Minimum Wage. No ramp ups, no tiered implementation. One day it was the state standard, the next, the highest minimum wage in the nation. The Koch Brothers sank a fortune to fight this measure, which fell […]

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So Christie’s claiming that the court ruling saying he couldn’t get out of making the agreed-upon state pension payments is a liberal activist judge overriding the “will of the people.” But the real problem is that Chris Christie tripled the NJ management investment fees to build up Wall Street support for his presidential run, and […]

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Nuts to you

H/t Ron K. Good to know, right? For years, parents have been told to withhold peanuts from their children until the age of three, to prevent the onset of dangerous peanut allergies. A landmark study is now throwing this conventional wisdom on its head, instead suggesting that most peanut allergies can be staved off by […]

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Not to piss on your enthusiasm or anything, but political insiders have told me they believe Obama will use the Keystone XL later in an attempt to bargain. I hope it’s not true, but look at how he justifies the veto: Because Congress tried to circumvent his authority. We’ll see: The Keystone bill cleared the […]

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