National Politics

Increasing Housing Density No Surefire Solution

Posted July 8, 2014 by

Most developers and many housing advocates believe increasing the number of units built on sites will increase affordability. But as New York City shows, building luxury highrises for non-residents has no positive supply and demand impact. Jim Russell wrote a
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What the President Can Do on Immigration

Posted July 7, 2014 by Marshall Fitz

With immigration reform legislation stalled, and deportations reaching a crisis level, President Barack Obama asked his new secretary of homeland security, Jeh Johnson, to conduct a review of the agency’s deportation policies in order to identify ways to make the
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The Homeless Issue the Media Won’t Touch

Posted July 2, 2014 by

The San Francisco Chronicle tried again to explain homelessness this week. Once again, it gave lip service to the macro problem—the lack of state and federal funding— while prioritizing the micro—individual stories of how people leave homelessness or are trapped
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Supreme Wake-Up Call for Democrats

Posted July 1, 2014 by

The Republican Party’s Supreme Court wing has been busy this week. It ruled against unions and women in decisions that ignored case precedents and showed unbridled judicial activism. These rulings again show that while Republicans are playing for keeps, national
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How the US Government Helps McDonald’s Sell Junk Food

Posted June 24, 2014 by Kiera Butler

The feds also helped bring you the Taco Bell Cantina Double Steak Quesadilla and several other fast-food gems (Via Mother Jones)   The USDA’s MyPlate program recommends going easy on fast food: “People who eat out more often, particularly at
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