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Golden State Water tries to drown Claremont ballot measure

latimes.com — Self-preservation is the most basic instinct in nature. For Golden State Water Co., it also has a price: $300,000. That's about how much the water system is spending to defeat a Claremont ballot measure enabling the city to try to seize its local water system by eminent domain and convert it to a municipal service.

America's middle class knows it faces a grim retirement

mcall.com — Wells Fargo did as much as it could to soft-pedal the findings of its fifth-annual Middle Class Retirement Survey, released Wednesday, but the horrific numbers speak for themselves. "Saving for retirement is a formidable challenge for middle-class Americans," the San Francisco-based bank says. A formidable challenge? No kidding.

America's middle class knows it faces a grim retirement

latimes.com — Wells Fargo did as much as it could to soft-pedal the findings of its fifth annual Middle Class Retirement Survey, released Wednesday, but the horrific numbers speak for themselves. "Saving for retirement is a formidable challenge for middle-class Americans," the San Francisco-based bank says A formidable challenge? No kidding.

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.
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Oct 31, 2014

Noncitizens aren't coming to steal elections-GOP election officials are doing that fw.to/aLbfylB

Oct 31, 2014

Today's voting freakout: non-citizens are coming to steal your election (long story short: no, they're not) fw.to/aLbfylB

Oct 30, 2014

No way to win an election: This Democratic 'reform' to back away from Obamacare makes insurance more expensive. fw.to/ky882hj

Oct 30, 2014

The shame of Mississippi, where racism and stupidity killed Obamacare fw.to/ECeqfID

Oct 30, 2014

Wall Street talks, companies respond -- by axing thousands of jobs fw.to/Gh3hNqm

Oct 30, 2014

Judge in Stockton, CA, bankruptcy acts to protect worker pensions; my earlier analysis is here: latimes.com/business/hiltz…

Oct 30, 2014

You mean, not the same? @tpetruno: Look on the bright side, #Royals: A few thousand more Americans know you're in KC, Mo., not KC, Kansas.

Oct 29, 2014

This Democratic 'reform' would make Obamacare more expensive. Bad idea. fw.to/ky882hj

Oct 29, 2014

Why Mississippi ranks last in Obamacare gains: racism, stupidity and ideology fw.to/ECeqfID

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