The United States of Flint

The United States of Flint

The horrible, preventable crisis in Flint, Michigan shows that when the government shortchanges our infrastructure, people pay the price. Flint has become a living hell for its residents. The water is brown, poisoned with lead, and too corrosive to use on skin or...
Making Windmills out of Warplanes

Making Windmills out of Warplanes

With the Islamic State’s rise, Libya’s slide back into civil war, and the conflict brewing between Ukraine and Russia, there’s plenty to fear these days. Maybe you’ve always believed you could count on the U.S. military to protect you from...
Highway Robbery

Highway Robbery

No matter how hard lawmakers try to close their eyes, click their heels, and hope for the best, they can’t make highway funding magically appear. But that doesn’t stop them fiddling and flailing as they burn through the Highway Trust Fund. The Highway...
Obama’s Budget Asks What’s Valuable

Obama’s Budget Asks What’s Valuable

Obama’s new budget, is it DOA? Can tax breaks for the poor really see light of day? Well, Paul Ryan’s budget will cut taxes too. Granted, not for the many…just for the few. A budget expresses what a nation finds valuable: A good wage in Harlem? Or a...
Omnibushed

Omnibushed

At 8 p.m. on Monday January 13, there was no $1.1 trillion spending bill for fiscal year 2014. At least not one that the public or the vast majority of lawmakers had seen. Less than 70 hours later, large majorities in the House and Senate (332 to 94, and 72 to 26,...
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