March/ April 2013
Table of Contents
Chasing Shiny Objects
McCruzyism ... Too big to jail ... Wake up, Democrats
How letter carriers might save your grandma.
How “bracket creep” (the good kind) could make the
long-term fiscal outlook better than everyone thinks.
A conversation with Alexis Tsipras, the Greek opposition
leader who could save, or blow up, the world economy.
Preventing mass killings like the one in Newtown may be impossible. But there’s plenty we can do to reduce violence by the mentally ill in general. And the tools are right there in Obamacare.
Conservatives love to apply “cost-benefit analysis” to government programs—except in health care. In fact, working with drug companies and warning of “death panels,” they slipped language into Obamacare banning cost-effectiveness research. Here’s how that happened, and why it can’t stand.
Barack Obama’s biggest second-term challenge isn’t guns or immigration. It’s saving his biggest first-term achievements, like the Dodd-Frank law, from being dismembered by lobbyists and conservative jurists in the shadowy, Byzantine “rule-making” process.
Never mind Asia, time to pivot to Europe.
The much-ballyhooed “in-sourcing” trend is real enough. But it won’t amount to much unless Washington acts.
How the Comandante may get the last laugh, even from the grave.
The ever-diminishing advantages of a career in the law versus the undiminished enthusiasm of law schools to mint new attorneys.
The government program where party differences have widened the most, and matter the most, is Medicaid.
How taxpayers subsidize failing philanthropies.
Why politicians pursue austerity policies that never work.
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