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Archive for March 2010

Health debate: Republicans offer career advice to Dems

So, it looks like President Obama and the Democrats in congress might finally make a run at passing healthcare reform legislation. Obama today urged congress to arrange an “up or down vote” on the measure (by which he means the congressional tactic called “reconciliation”, which requires a simple majority). He wants a bill passed within weeks, that is, […]

Ravitch: school firings “mean and punitive”

Speaking to the US Chamber of Commerce on Monday, President Obama praised the Rhode Island school board that dismissed the entire Central Falls High School faculty and staff (93 in total). This came as he was outlining his proposal to offer $900 million in federal grants to states and school districts that take drastic steps to address under-performing schools. […]

Stiglitz gives Obama high marks

  (Video: Joseph Stiglitz) In this excerpt from a recent talk, Joseph Stiglitz says Obama’s economic policy should be graded an A+, if only because his policy is much better than George W. Bush’s. Stiglitz is more critical of the Obama administration in his book Freefall (which I reviewed here). In this clip, he says the main problem […]

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