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How to rescue the American family and fix the broken school system in one fell swoop
owadays, Elizabeth Warren mostly gets talked about as a potential progressive alternative to Hillary Clinton's inevitable Democratic coronation. But it's often ill-remembered that for most her life, she was an academic. One of her most fascinating works is her book The Two Income Trap. A lot of people have probably heard of the phenomenon of the two-income trap, but it's not discussed enough. This is the basic idea: financially, having both parents in a family seems like a no-brainer — it brings in more money. But it can actually become a trap if the costs involved in having both parents work become equal to the extra income that the second spouse brings in. For example, in most American settings, if both parents work, the family needs a second car, with all the expense and headache associated. The parents need to pay for child care. And so on. The Week
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U.S. Labor Secretary: Pre-Obamacare, business owners were paying the price for a 'broken health care system'
During a visit Nashville to promote Affordable Care Act enrollment, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez says Obamacare has benefitted more than just the uninsured, citing a number of groups, including business owners, who have seen positive impacts from the law. Perez cited the act's prohibition of lifetime and annual spending caps and its ability to prevent medical costs from bankrupting even insured families, along with ways its reduced costs for seniors as a few examples. Nashville Business Journal
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Why immigration is good for U.S. growth
If one thing unites almost everyone in the United States, no matter their political views, it is this: We need greater investment and growth with more jobs and opportunity for as many Americans as possible. If there is another thing that most Americans can agree on, it is that too many elected leaders in Washington seem unwilling or unable to tackle the most pressing issues that face our country. Washington Post
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What’s the Matter with West Virginia?
Cartoon corporate villains don’t come more cartoonish than Don Blankenship, a former coal baron of West Virginia. Last week, Blankenship, the former chief executive officer of Massey Energy, was charged in a federal indictment for a variety of crimes in connection with a disaster at the Upper Big Branch mine in April, 2010, in which twenty-nine coal workers were killed. According to the forty-three-page indictment, Blankenship engaged in a lengthy pattern of deception in dealings with federal mine regulators, in an effort to cut costs, and, consequently, exposed his employees to appalling risks. (His lawyer, William Taylor III, told reporters that Blankenship was innocent and would fight the charges.) New Yorker
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Driverless cars or not, Texas must plan for transportation
FORT WORTH — Texas roads could very well be filled with driverless cars and trucks — or vehicles with other revolutionary technology — in the next few decades. A top state transportation planner said he is keeping that in mind even as he and others try to prepare enough highways, roads and other infrastructure to handle current motorists and the millions more expected in a predicted population boom. Star-Telegram
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The new culture war
Two magic words earned Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy a crucial endorsement in his challenge to Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu: “Religious freedom.” Cassidy, a three-term congressman, has a 100% anti-abortion voting record. He opposes same-sex marriage. But in the November general election, the Family Research Council Action PAC had thrown its support behind tea partier Colonel Rob Maness, who ran in the state’s “jungle primary” against Cassidy and Landrieu and got 13.8% of the vote. MSNBC
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Fossil-Fueled Republicanism
Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It's party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves. Truth-Out
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Canadian's letter to Americans: 'When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?'
A Canadian's letter to the editor of the Detroit Free Press is generating buzz across the United States. In the letter, published on Monday, Richard Brunt – who claims to be from Victoria, B.C. – says that Canadians are confused by the outcome of last week’s U.S. mid-term elections, which saw the Republicans retake control of Congress. "Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country’s adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6 per cent, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries," he wrote. Yahoo.com
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Should Alabama switch to appointed judges? Study argues it would improve economy
For years, voices from the left have called for an end to partisan judicial elections in Alabama. Now, a free market think tank at Troy University has added support from the other side of the political spectrum. The Manuel H. Johnson Center for the Political Economy on Tuesday released a study examining Alabama's judicial system and draws two main conclusions: AL.com
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City investments in private companies: Ugh
I read with much interest the story last week of the San Antonio City Council approving a direct investment of $1.75 million in city funds to move three startup medical device manufacturing companies to San Antonio. Expressnews.com
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