Opinion columnist at @washingtonpost. Previously econ reporter/moonlighting theater critic at @nytimes.

McDonald's tarnished arches

jsonline.com — McDonald's, that once-great American symbol of ingenuity and ruthless efficiency, is having some major difficulties, as its plummeting profits and recent C-suite shake-up can attest. But while the fast-food monolith's biggest problems used to primarily involve concerns about its food, it's also increasingly facing criticisms about its role as a bad corporate citizen.

Who gets health care subsidies? Look in the mirror.

mysanantonio.com — though, perhaps we should all look in the mirror and consider how much in health subsidies we're milking from the government ourselves. In a survey this month by YouGov and The Economist, Americans were asked whether they agree that the federal government cannot provide subsidies to low-income people who purchase insurance policies through the federally run health-insurance marketplace.

Rampell: McDonald's suffers from being a poor corporate citizen

sltrib.com — Fast-casual competitors that emphasize fresher ingredients - Chipotle, Five Guys, Shake Shack - have been eating McDonald's lunch in recent years. Analysts and celebrity chefs have offered all sorts of advice to the new McDonald's chief executive, who officially began this week, to help lift the company's fallen arches.

Being a poor corporate citizen is hurting McDonald’s

washingtonpost.com — McDonald's, that once-great American symbol of ingenuity and ruthless efficiency, is having some major difficulties, as its plummeting profits and recent C-suite shake up can attest. But while the fast-food monolith's biggest problems used to primarily involve concerns about its food, it's also increasingly facing criticisms about its role as a bad corporate citizen.

Rampell: The government handouts we all get

sltrib.com — One possible reason for this response pattern: America's senior citizens seem to (wrongly) believe that they have paid for their own health care and that therefore others should, too. In that same YouGov/Economist poll, respondents were asked whether they personally receive a government subsidy to help them pay for health insurance.

If you want to know who gets health-care handouts, look in the mirror

washingtonpost.com — Next week, the Supreme Court will hear a case that threatens to ax the subsidies millions of Americans receive for health insurance purchased on Obamacare's federally run exchanges. And a sizable chunk of the population seems to be cheering for exactly that result.

Mistaking flattery for love

mysanantonio.com — as Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler has explained, this characterization of Obama's speeches seems off the mark; on many occasions Obama has shown no dearth of effusion for this country, its "exceptionalism," its founding story, its ideals and its Horatio Alger-like ability to launch the biracial child of a single mother on food stamps into the White House.

Blocking information a strange way to educate

mysanantonio.com — The bill's author, Republican Rep. Dan Fisher, said that state funds shouldn't be used to teach the course - which students can take to receive college credit - because he believes it emphasizes "what is bad about America" and characterizes the United States as a "nation of oppressors and exploiters."

Rampell: Obama doesn't have to say he loves us

sltrib.com — Many have argued that this was a not-so-subtle appeal to bigoted beliefs about Obama's birthplace and pedigree. I think it's about something else entirely, though equally pernicious: the dangerous way in which politicians, and many of their constituents, mistake flattery for love. After his remarks ignited a firestorm, Giuliani began citing evidence for his conclusions.

Obama doesn't need to say he loves us

chicagotribune.com — Rudy Giuliani feels unloved. And he suggests you should feel that way, too, thanks to a compliment deficit from our cheerleader in chief. As you've probably heard by now, last week Giuliani accused President Barack Obama of not really loving his homeland, or its virtuous people.
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