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America’s Greece?

quoting Joshua D. Rauhvia The Economist
Saturday, December 20, 2014

BRUCE RAUNER, a Republican, liked to talk tough about unions and public-sector pensions when he was campaigning for governor in Illinois. 

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Jerry Brown Sets Example For Presidential Hopefuls

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Friday, December 19, 2014

We bid adieu to the four-year era of subdivided government – at least until the Democrats reclaim the U.S. Senate in 2016 and once again grind gears with a Republican House. Like many a political swan song, subdivided government’s grand farewell was tainted by grandstanding.

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How Congress Can Address Over-Testing Without Overreaching

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Senator Lamar Alexander, Representative John Kline, and their respective staffs have successfully freaked out sizable portions of the education-reform crowd—especially those who spend our days inside the Beltway bubble—by threatening to eliminate No Child Left Behind’s annual testing requirement.

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Things to Know about Obama’s Immigration Action

via Peregrine
Thursday, December 18, 2014

President Obama announced executive action about how the U.S. would enforce immigration law on November 20, 2014.  Reactions were far-ranging, often contradictory. We asked a panel of 39 immigration policy experts to review 20 different statements about Obama’s executive action.

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With Cuba Decision, Obama Hands Hillary Clinton A 2016 Gift

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Huffington Post
Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton knows a political gift when she sees one.

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Los Angeles Unions' Two-fer on Minimum Wage

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, December 18, 2014

When the U.S. minimum wage law was put into effect in 1938, northeastern labor unions gained from it by pricing out their competition. Unions in the textile industry were seeing textile firms move from New England states to southern lower-wage states and wanted to hobble the competition.

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Reactions to President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform

via Peregrine
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Hoover Institution’s Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform conducts a quarterly survey of leading thinkers. Following President Obama’s recent announcement of executive action, we received responses from 39 experts, some of whom are quoted here.

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Simply By Forming an Exploratory Committee, Jeb Bush Places School Reform On The National Agenda

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the announcement by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush that he is exploring a run for the presidency in 2016, school reform has suddenly leaped to the political front page.

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Cuba Deal Throws Obama Foreign Policy Beliefs Into Sharp Relief

quoting Michael McFaulvia Washington Post
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It took six years and months of secret negotiations, but on Wednesday, President Obama finally delivered on a pledge that cuts to the heart of his foreign policy.

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Two Cheers for Obama on Cuba

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

As is probably known to virtually all readers of this blog, President Obama announced today his steps to normalize relations with Cuba. It is long overdue and finally we have a President willing to do something about it.

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