State lawmakers are engineering 11th-hour power grabs to ice out opposition

December 13, 2018 inPolitics

In state capitals around the country, we're seeing year-end power plays aimed at permanently icing out the political opposition. Why it matters: The architects of these drives say they’re just running to the tape before they lose juice. But at a time of declining faith in public institutions, these moves can alienate voters, and make it harder for states to be responsive when the electorate demands change. Driving the news: ...

Pelosi fundraising off White House meeting with Trump: 'Never in my life have I backed down…

December 13, 2018 inPolitics

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday sent out a fundraising email for the Democratic Party in the wake of her and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) stunning meeting with President Trump in the Oval... ...Read more from our friends at The Hill

Expect Record Turnout in 2020

December 13, 2018 inPolitics

By Nathan L. Gonzales With the 2018 elections coming to an end, it’s clear that voters set a modern record for turnout in a midterm. And there’s no reason to believe voters won’t set another record two years from now. According to the United States Election Project, turnout this year was nearly 50 percent of the voting-eligible population, the highest for a midterm in more than a century. President Donald Trump deserves virtually...

Donald Trump bucks 'lousy' Fox News polls: 'I have greatest base in history'

December 13, 2018 inPolitics

President Trump[1] on Thursday took a jab at Fox News pollsters who’s recent survey gave him a 46 percent job-approval rating. Fox News polls “have always been lousy,” Mr. Trump[2] said in an interview with Fox News host Harris Faulkner. The president said he didn’t know why polls by the conservative news channel tilt negative about him. The latest Fox News poll showed Mr. Trump[3] with 46 percent approval and 52 percent disapproval...

Here’s how ECB’s Mario Draghi walked the tightrope between caution and confidence

December 13, 2018 inEconomics

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi offered up some seeming contradictions in his news conference Thursday as policy makers followed through on a plan to halt, at the end of the month, a nearly four-year program of asset purchases, the centerpiece of the institution’s quantitative easing strategy. Draghi said the balance of risks to the eurozone’s economic outlook remained broadly balanced, but were shifting to the downside. There was nothing inconsistent...

McCaskil 'not sure' Sanders, Harris, Warren can win Missouri in 2020

December 13, 2018 inPolitics

Outgoing Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) says that she's unsure whether a prominent Democrat from the party's progressive wing would have a chance at winning her state in 2020, while calling for the next nominee to inspire Americans and convince... ...Read more from our friends at The Hill

Are White Evangelicals the Saviors of the GOP?

December 13, 2018 inPolitics

By Nathan L. Gonzales Amid all the talk about shifting demographics and political changes over the last decade, one key voting group has remained virtually unchanged: white evangelicals. According to one evangelical leader, a record number of white evangelicals voted in the 2018 midterms after an inspired turnout effort. “This is the most ambitious and most effective voter education, get-out-the-vote program directed at the faith-based vote in a midterm election in modern political...

Trump Slams Cohen: "I Never Directed Him To Break The Law"

December 13, 2018 inEconomics

One day after President Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison for a variety crimes, Trump took to Twitter to address alleged campaign finance violations Cohen says he engaged in at Trump's direction.  Cohen flipped on Trump after federal agents raided his office and home in April, later making the remarkable claim that Trump directed him to pay off two women who claimed to have had affairs with...

Google CEO to rebut privacy, bias criticisms before Congress

December 10, 2018 inPolitics

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will tell lawmakers Tuesday that the company takes user privacy seriously, doesn't bake political bias into its products...

Theresa May survives no-confidence vote over Brexit plan

December 12, 2018 inPolitics

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May still has her job. Rebels in her Conservative Party forced a no-confidence vote in objection to her...

How much of your 401(k) retirement plan is affected by market volatility?

December 11, 2018 inEconomics

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.33%[1] ...

Stocks threaten ‘cliff’s edge’ as S&P 500 dips below 2,616: chart watcher

December 10, 2018 inEconomics

If bulls don’t step up, the next step for the stock market might be a bit of a doozy. Stocks extended early weakness...

A Game of Benches?

A Game of Benches?

February 28, 2018 inOpinion

Republican activists manipulate judicial selection, diminish judicial independence Author’s note: As a Republican judge having presided in a Harris County misdemeanor criminal court...

Public Union: Public Enemy

Public Union: Public Enemy

July 16, 2018 inVideos

Public-sector unions have been gaming the political system for decades, bankrupting whole cities and plunging states into massive debt. How did this...

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Why Do Governments Fail? (The Exponent Problem)

Why Do Governments Fail? (The Exponent Problem)

Authored by Robert Gore via Straight Line Logic blog, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128...

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