On issues like Medicaid and military spending, signs of a Republican rift
The real Republican divide isn't about those messaging issues discussed by political strategists. It's about policy issues like Medicaid and defense spending, where a divide is emerging between conservatives who want to make a point in a long-term philosophical debate and conservatives who have to govern right now.
Last month the Metro Program released its latest report card for the nation’s 100 largest metro economies, the MetroMonitor. The report, which evaluates economic performance through the third quarter of 2012, revealed that as the economic recovery continues to play out slowly across the country, some of the metros hit hardest by the recession are seeing surprising rebounds from their lows. The Phoenix, Ariz. metropolitan area epitomizes this trend. After a precipitous fall into the recession, the region is making notable progress.
Charter schools turn out to be an excellent way to skim off public funds without going to jail.
As the clock ticks down to January 1, and lawmakers try to hash out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and address the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, new data on taxpayers in the United States--collected from federal tax returns and available down to the ZIP code level through Brookings’ EITC Interactive--provide an important perspective on the impact of the tax code on families and communities across the country. For instance, the latest EITC Interactive data--which represent tax returns filed in January through June of 2011--show that key provisions in the tax code proved responsive to the G