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October 8, 2013 Why the Debt Ceiling Matters

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

The word we keep hearing is “catastrophe.” “A U.S. Default Seen as Catastrophe, Dwarfing Lehman’s Fall,” screams the headline in Bloomberg Businessweek. “A default would be unprecedented and has the potential to be catastrophic,”...

October 7, 2013 Five Reasons to Fear the Debt Ceiling - editorial

Source: Bloomberg

The global economy is facing a bizarre man-made threat: Radical legislators in the U.S., issuer of the world’s most trusted currency, think forcing the government to renege on its obligations would be a good way to shock it into...

October 7, 2013 At the S.E.C., a Question of Home-Court Edge

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

SINCE Mary Jo White settled in as chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, lots of tough talk has emanated from the agency about enforcement priorities. Just last week, Andrew Ceresney, co-director of enforcement,...

October 4, 2013 Show Us the Obamacare Exchange Numbers

Source: Bloomberg

It's a little hard to get worked up over the technical glitches plaguing Obamacare's federal-exchange websites. We should still ask, as my colleague Megan McArdle did, why the Department of Health and Human Services wasn't ready...

October 4, 2013 The Shutdown: Our Food Safety, Health and Welfare at Stake

Source: Huff Post

While Congress battles it out over health care reform, the resulting government shutdown will have far-reaching impacts on food safety, environmental protections, food production and farming. It also has serious implications for...

October 2, 2013 News analysis: Can this government be saved? -text/video

Source: USA Today

WASHINGTON — Count on the Greatest Generation to storm the shutdown. A group of World War II veterans from Mississippi, on a long-scheduled excursion to Washington, managed to push past the metal barricades that were blocking...

October 1, 2013 Those Banana Republicans

Source: Joe Nocera, NY Times

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Why is it that the Republicans in Congress seem so determined to prove this maxim?

September 30, 2013 Dawn of a Revolution in Health Care - Editorial

Source: NY Times

The United States is embarking on a truly historic journey toward near-universal health care coverage this week. Starting Tuesday, the federal government will make it possible for millions of uninsured Americans who can’t get...

September 23, 2013 A Better Way to Compare C.E.O. Pay

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

Now the Securities and Exchange Commission has dipped its toe into the executive pay pool with a rule issued last week that would require companies to publish a comparison of their chief executives’ pay to the median compensation...

September 18, 2013 Capitalism vs Cannibalism

Source: Larry Checco

We are eating our own—and it’s all perfectly legal. Millions of Americans are still reeling from the aftermath of predatory mortgage lenders who would do or say anything to make a commission. Some preyed on first-time homebuyers...[more]

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