Grading Exchange Premiums on a Curve

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 8:40 am

If you compare it to Democrats’ bold promises of big individual savings when they pushed through the law this is a very disappointing number. A 7 percent increase is well above the rate of inflation or the growth rate of the economy. That is as bad as the situation was before the law was enacted.

Rahm Says “I Told You So” to Zeke on Health Care

By: Monday December 9, 2013 9:56 am

There was a time when Rahm Emanuel thought it was smarter to move forward with small health care steps, but he was overruled by President Obama and his brother Zeke Emanuel. Now that the Affordable Care Act helped cost Democrats the House in 2010 and is sinking Obama’s favorable ratings, Rahm is having his “I told you so” moment.

Our Twisted Politics of Grief

By: Tuesday May 28, 2013 5:25 pm

Darwin observed that conscience is what most distinguishes humans from other animals. If so, grief isn’t far behind. Realms of anguish are deeply personal—yet prone to expropriation for public use, especially in this era of media hyper-spin. Narratives often thresh personal sorrow into political hay. More than ever, with grief marketed as a civic commodity, the personal is the politicized.

Google, the Company that has Practically Destroyed Print Advertising, Wins $1 Million in USA Today Print Advertising Contest

By: Wednesday January 16, 2013 2:29 pm

USA Today has announced the winner of $1 million in free advertising in its contest to encourage creativity in print advertising: Google.

When I’m Called Off, I Got A Sawed Off

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 9:05 am

Professor Glenn Reynolds, who holds the Jubilation T. Cornpone Shootin’ Arn chair at the University of Tennessee, has a few questions for all you skinny-jeans-wearin’ latte-sippin’ emo-emotin’ prefer-our-kids-alive-more-than-dead fancy-pants gun-grabbin city slicker man-card-less metrosexual homoseckshuls.

The Facts Don’t Matter to the Romney Campaign

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 12:30 pm

It would appear the Romney team is now fully banking on their ability to run a campaign focused around things that are simply not true. The campaign admitted that their highly racially tinged ad that falsely accuses Obama of gutting the work requirements for Welfare reform is their most effective ad, so they intend to keep using it even though numerous media have declared it flatly untrue.

Why Voter ID Laws Are Such a Big Deal

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 7:51 am

Ever since Republicans won a big wave election in 2010 they have been putting in place all over the country new laws supposedly meant to address the essentially non-existent “problem” of in-person voter fraud. But such laws also tend to discourage “unlikely” voters from making the effort; this could have a significant effect on who wins the election.

Bain Capital Attacks Don’t Seem to Be Hurting Romney Nationally

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 7:30 am

Despite the Obama campaign’s recent hammering of Mitt Romney for his role at Bain Capital, the vast majority of Americans still see his business experience there as a net positive for Romney, according to a new national USA Today/Gallup poll.

Majority Think Romney Should Release More Tax Returns

By: Thursday July 19, 2012 12:40 pm

A solid majority of Americans think Mitt Romney should release more tax returns than the one year he has so far, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. In addition, a plurality think Romney is hiding something damaging.

Improving But Fragile Economic Optimism

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 12:20 pm

The overwhelming majority of Americans still think the economy is currently bad, and a plurality think they are worse off than they were a year ago. Despite that, a large majority think the economy will be much better next year, according to a Today/Gallup poll.

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