A Decade of Lost Freedom

Measuring our progress a decade after the 9/11 attacks

Obama Jobs Speech Tough On Rhetoric, Light On Substance

Not surprisingly, there was very little about the President’s jobs speech to write home about.

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Did World War II teach us anything about spending-as-stimulus? Not really.

Do Conservatives Get a Pass?

How would a Democrat-equivalent of Rick Perry be received?

Affirmative Action For The Unattractive?

Do the less attractive deserve legal protection? One University Of Texas Profess thinks so.

Obama’s Jobs Plan: Deja Vu All Over Again?

Details of the President’s jobs plan are starting to leak out, and they’re not looking impressive.

Fears of Another Global Recession

The signs are not good.

Does Ron Paul’s Strong Showing In Ames Matter? No

Does Ron Paul’s second place showing at Ames mean the media should take him seriously as a contender? No, it doesn’t.

Texas and Employment

Taking an initial look into the Texas economy.

Why Businesses Aren’t Hiring, And Why The Government Can’t Do Anything About It

Any politician telling you that solving our problems will be easy is lying to you.

Fight Brewing Over Defense Cuts

The defense spending lobby is already engaging in fear-mongering over very modest defense cuts.

Yay! Debt Hits 100% of GDP and Other Good News!

Don’t worry be happy!

White House Pressuring Geithner To Stay At Treasury

Rumors of Timothy Geithner’s departure from the Treasury Department may have been exaggerated.

What Recovery?

Following on Doug’s cheery post about the weak state of the economy here are some more things to consider.

Obama And The Debt Deal: A Failure Of Leadership?

Once again, the debt ceiling deal is raising questions about the President’s leadership.

Second Quarter GDP Shows Economy Slowing To Near-Recession Status

And you thought the bad economic news was over.

Military Gay Ban Ending in September

The ban on gays openly serving in the military will end in September, nine months after President Obama signed the repeal into law.

A Home Is A Lousy Investment (Unless You Need A Place to Live)

Two economists look at a 30 year investment in a home versus putting the same money in the stock market.

Even If There’s No Default, There Will Still Be Pain

The idea that we can avoid the consequences of failing to raise the debt ceiling is patently absurd.

White House To America: Pay No Attention To Those Bad Economic Numbers

The White House would really appreciate it if you didn’t pay attention to all that bad economic news.

Illegal Immigration From Mexico At Lowest Level In Nearly 60 Years

Illegal immigration from Mexico is down substantially, and it has nothing to do with all those anti-immigration laws.

More on DSK’s Accuser

The New York Times keeps digging up new facts about yesterday’s shocking reversal in the Dominque Strauss-Kahn case.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Michigan Law Barring Use Of Race In College Admissions

A Federal Appeals Court struck down an Amendment to the Michigan Constitution today as unconstitutional.

Hybrid Cars, Rare Earth Elements, and Supply

President Obama wants a million hybrid cars on the road by 2015. That’s easier said than done.

UCLA Forecast: More Slow Growth

More slow economic growth, the L-shaped recession.

No DOMA + No DADT = ?

Can gay soldiers now get married and receive the same federal benefits as heterosexuals?

Single-Sex Dorms Are No Sex Dorms?

Catholic University president John Garvey explains “Why We’re Going Back to Single-Sex Dorms.”

Alabama’s New Immigration Law

AL takes AZ’s approach and goes a few steps beyond.

Lower Home Prices Aren’t Necessarily A Bad Thing

The housing market has changed over the past five years, and that’s a good thing.

Economic Horror Show

And even more bad news.

We Are On the Verge of Great, Great Depression

All in all, not looking like it will be a fun summer.

Housing Prices Hit New Low, But Buyers Are Staying Away

Real Estate prices continue to fall, but where are the buyers? Maybe they’re acting sane this time.

Republicans Ready To Punt On Ryan Plan’s Medicare Changes?

Republicans seem to have realized that the Ryan Plan’s Medicare reforms aren’t going anywhere.

Stealth Blackhawk Helicopter Used in Osama Raid

There has been some buzz on the national security backchannels that a heretofore secret “stealth” helicopter was used in the SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout.

Pakistan After Bin Laden: Frenemies Forever?

Changing our relationship status to Complicated.

Whatever Happened To The Housing Recovery?

Three years later, there are no signs that the real estate market is anywhere close to recovering.

Higher Education Bubble: Another Brick in the Wall?

An increasing number of bright observers are questioning the notion that everyone needs to go to college.

Are we Living in the Nightmare that Rand Predicted?

Is our current economic situation the result of massive government intervention? The Randians certainly think so.

Most Of What Americans “Know” About The Federal Budget Is Wrong

The American people have no idea what’s really in the Federal Budget, which makes any discussion about what to cut virtually impossible.

Saudi Arabia Hoping To Bribe Its Citizens Not To Revolt

Is Saudi Arabia the next domino to fall in the Middle East? The Royal family is hoping that money will be enough to make sure that doesn’t happen.

It’s Not A Housing Bubble Anymore, And That’s A Good Thing

The U.S. housing market is a long way from the glory days of the housing bubble, and that’s a good thing.