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On fiscal policy, USC professor's viewpoint is moral and farsighted

latimes.com — "The left sees me as a Wall Street Journal Satanist, and the right as a stealth Marxian bent on destroying free enterprise," Edward D. Kleinbard was saying. The USC law professor was referring to the reactions elicited by his recent op-ed in the New York Times, in which he asserted that the solution to economic inequality in the U.S.

An expert's heroic fact-checking of Mitch McConnell on Obamacare

latimes.com — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is facing a stiff reelection challenge this year, has stuck to his stated determination to repeal the Affordable Care Act if his party takes control of the Senate in the next election.

Did the Nobel Prize just honor a threat to the environment?

latimes.com — In one of the more unlikely developments during Nobel Prize season, Science magazine has thrown a dash of cold water on this year's physics Nobel.

Of college football coaches, CEOs, and excessive pay at the top

latimes.com — Readers of this blog know that we have an indirect, and fairly mild, rooting interest in University of Michigan Wolverines football. Lately that's been a disappointing experience in one respect (2-3 so far this year, including a ridiculous 30-14 blowout by Minnesota last Saturday).

How did UnitedHealth let so many questionable claims slip past?

latimes.com — Here's how the nation's largest health insurance company aided and abetted what it says was a $43-million healthcare fraud. In a lawsuit filed recently in federal court in Los Angeles, UnitedHealth Group says it paid out the $43 million to an interconnected group of doctors and medical clinics, mostly associated with the notorious 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign, for weight-loss surgeries and procedures.

Heritage Foundation: America's poor actually live pretty durn well!

latimes.com — The Heritage Foundation has weighed in with its contribution to the enduring conservative effort to paint America's poor as undeserving mooks. The right-wing think tank's offer is a paper entitled " The War on Poverty After 50 Years," by senior research analyst Robert Rector and policy analyst Rachel Sheffield.

Census data on poverty show results of economic policy gone wrong

latimes.com — The headline number in last week's release of Census Bureau data on poverty was pretty good. It was widely noted that the rate dropped significantly for the first time since 2006, with especially sharp declines among children and Latino families. A peek under the hood, however, reveals the dismal realities of the modern U.S.

The NFL scandal shows why you shouldn't get your news from the PR dept.

latimes.com — The purchase and sale of news reporters by powerful institutions and influential people is hardly a new phenomenon. But like all manifestations of disproportionate wealth, it's been raised to glorious new heights during the early 21st century.

That Obama sure is bad for big business

tampabay.com — It was widely noticed two weeks ago that the Standard & Poor's 500 index, the most important stock market indicator, had hit a milestone by crossing 2,000 for the first time. It was less widely noticed that on that day, you would have notched a 148 percent gain if you had bought stocks on the day of President Obama's inauguration.

Tesla is taking Nevada for a ride

latimes.com — The state of Nevada, of all places, should understand the gambler's adage about how if you can't pick out the sucker at your card table, it's you. Despite that, the state Legislature has approved a massive giveaway to Elon Musk's Tesla Motors to build a lithium-ion battery factory in the desert north of Reno.
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Oct 22, 2014

BP offers a lesson in how to sugarcoat an environmental disaster fw.to/Uye5FP

Oct 21, 2014

Fantasyland, defined RT @FredZeppelin12 GOP doesn't have a prayer to win Senate as long as Dem vote fraud is tolerated and unchallenged.

Oct 21, 2014

You can now RT @TPCarney Bradlee on Internet news "You can't take it to the john. You can't put it under your arm and go to the subway."

Oct 21, 2014

Is there anyone who gets more excited than Joe Buck about a long fly to the center fielder?

Oct 21, 2014

Memo to Fox's World Series bdcast team: If you have nothing intelligent to say, how about shutting up?

Oct 21, 2014

McDonald's learns the hard way: Putin is a hard friend to keep fw.to/OtDASjk

Oct 21, 2014

Will Obama's FCC chairman follow his lead, and uphold network neutrality? Or will he kowtow to Comcast and Verizon? fw.to/C3zeoRX

Oct 21, 2014

Are the political winds shifting in favor of net neutrality? fw.to/IkgbJyB

Oct 21, 2014

Epistemiological query: Could a conversation bet. Hugh Hewitt and Ross Douthat really be "thought-provoking"? mediamatters.org/blog/2014/10/2…

Oct 21, 2014

What % of cars get bought after tires kicked? Gotta be <10% MT @latimes NFL officially kicking the tires in L.A. lat.ms/1nxUZO3

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