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Hatch Contends Dynamic Scoring no Magic Elixir
America / Politics / Presidency / Tax / U.S. Senate

Hatch Contends Dynamic Scoring no Magic Elixir

The GOP’s brawl against Obama’s executive actions persists with new postulations made by a Republican leader on Sunday pushing for a government shutdown to prevent Obama from addressing immigration policy with executive order. Despite this individual’s propping open the idea, numerous other Republicans objected to a government shutdown. Oklahoma GOP Representative Tom Cole raised concerns … Continue reading

Not your Typical Lunch: Fuels, Refineries and Railroads
Energy / Politics

Not your Typical Lunch: Fuels, Refineries and Railroads

The U.S. Energy Information Agency’s Winter Fuels Outlook was released in early October, heralding good news about lower household energy bills this winter. The report forecasts price and supply information for consumers regarding common heating fuels: natural gas, electricity, heating oil and propane. Temperatures are predicted to be warmer and the EIA has an action … Continue reading

The Grim Gruber
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Politics

The Grim Gruber

Jonathan Gruber is a prominent economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T). He was thrown into the national spotlight this week when a video of him speaking at an academic conference surfaced. The footage displays Gruber dealing judgments about the lack of transparency and voter ignorance that he and the Obama Administration took … Continue reading

King v. Burwell: Political Consequences
Politics

King v. Burwell: Political Consequences

Last Friday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in King v. Burwell. Although it was a relist from last week’s conference—increasing the odds of granting certiorari to 49%–the quickness of the announcement caught many by surprise. Following the Court’s announcement, legal experts have expressed disagreement over the merits of the case: both proponents and detractors of … Continue reading

How the Republican “Wave” was Possible
Politics / U.S. Senate

How the Republican “Wave” was Possible

Obama’s 2012 Presidential victory cinched 60 percent of the youth vote, causing many Republican insiders to question where the party was headed. Republicans were warned that they must “get diverse” to continue the party’s survival. The College Republican National Committee found that young people saw the party as “lacking in diversity” and “old-fashioned.”  Republican National … Continue reading

Death Wish: Dying with Dignity
Aging / America / Culture / Healthcare / Politics / U.S. Domestic Policy

Death Wish: Dying with Dignity

Just seven years ago, “aid in dying” or “assisted suicide,” was illegal throughout the United States with the exception of Oregon. Today, five additional states have passed “death with dignity” bills that allow terminally ill patients to choose to die with the help of their physician. Many praise this legislation for allowing patients who are … Continue reading

California’s Proposition 45: Why it Failed and Its Indictment on the Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / healthcare premiums / Politics

California’s Proposition 45: Why it Failed and Its Indictment on the Affordable Care Act

Tuesday (November 4) was a big day for the Republican Party, gaining seven seats in the Senate giving them control of both chambers of Congress. In all of the excitement about the momentum change in federal politics, there was a proposition being voted on in California that went relatively unnoticed when it should not have. … Continue reading