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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.

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.
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Oct 24, 2014

How attacks on vaccine workers in Nigeria and Pakistan have helped spread polio: fw.to/ws0byWJ

Oct 24, 2014

Why are measles, whooping cough and polio on the rise worldwide? Thank the anti-vaccination movement fw.to/ws0byWJ

Oct 24, 2014

BP tries again to shun responsibility for damage in the gulf fw.to/Uye5FP

Oct 24, 2014

America's middle class knows it's facing a grim retirement, but can't do anything about it fw.to/UkJ7AbZ

Oct 24, 2014

BP flack pens defensive "op-ed," elicits widespread ridicule--and so does Politico, which published it: fw.to/8EBeBo

Oct 24, 2014

RT @mattyglesias: I don’t think I’ll ever understand the dock-on-the-bottom people.

Oct 24, 2014

See this global map showing the devastating toll of the anti-vaccination movement fw.to/ws0byWJ

Oct 23, 2014

The iPod would have turned 13 today, had it lived--but it didn't make it to its Bar Mitzvah: latimes.com/business/hiltz…

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