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Government & Politics

Tactical coverage of politics, usually from inside the Beltway.
A Bipartisan Consensus on How to Fight Poverty? Arnold Kling 08/06/2014
In an otherwise bitterly partisan political environment, two recent policy proposals from both sides of the aisle share core ideas for reforming anti-poverty programs.
It's Time for Real Reform of Veterans' Health Care Joseph Antos 07/31/2014
The Miller-Sanders bill addresses the immediate crisis, but underlying structural defects must be corrected if we are to avoid more problems again soon.
Fixing the Child Care Penalty Alan D. Viard 07/12/2014
The current tax code denies families appropriate tax relief for work-related child care expenses. A new Senate bill would help correct this problem.
2014 Midterms: Another Six-Year Senate Sweep? Michael Barone 07/11/2014
The conventional wisdom that presidents tend to suffer serious losses in Senate elections in their sixth year in office is less elucidating than it might first appear, although it does appear likely that the Democrats will lose the Senate this year.
Capitalizing on the Capitalist Peace Alan W. Dowd 07/09/2014
The next time the United States is compelled to try to rescue and rehabilitate a broken nation, Washington needs to pay as much attention to building free markets as to holding free elections.
How the South Came to Rise Again: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 John Steele Gordon 07/02/2014
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed one of the most significant pieces of legislation in American history.
Why Voters Grew Tired of Cantor James V. DeLong 06/29/2014
One can argue that, from the Tea Party point of view, if the establishment refuses to address the government-by-cronyism issue, then upsetting the table is the right move.
Europe's Energy Problem Desmond Lachman 06/20/2014
Developments in the Middle East and Ukraine show Europe needs to improve its energy policy or face serious economic consequences.
Attorney Fees in Patent Cases: There is a Middle Ground Michael M. Rosen 06/18/2014
Automatically awarding attorney fees to the prevailing party, at least in patent cases, would be a grave mistake and wreak havoc on our legal system.
The G-7 Weighs in on SIFI Designations Peter J. Wallison 06/16/2014
The Treasury and Federal Reserve, afraid of congressional opposition, sought G-7 support for accelerated SIFI designations of capital markets firms.
 
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