Sandy Recovery: The Case for Disaster Bonds
December 10, 2012
With Patrick Sabol Super Storm Sandy wrought havoc across the East Coast, leaving behind an estimated $10 to $20 billion dollars worth of physical damage and inflicting another $30-$50 billion in economic losses.
A New Look at How the Tax Code Works for Working Families
November 19, 2012
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
How To Judge The Right’s Flight From Romney
November 16, 2012
Republicans are rushing to distance themselves from Mitt Romney's “gifts” comments. Is it a genuine awakening, or an opportunistic cover-up?
Go Ahead and Secede, Texas. I Dare You.
November 14, 2012
Don't mess with Texas? Don't mess with us!
Blue States are from Scandinavia, Red States are from Guatemala
October 05, 2012
America is divided over two different visions of state and society.
Has Hollywood Murdered the Movies?
September 14, 2012
How the richness of technology led to the poverty of imagination in American film today.
Weatherblogging: Tropical Storm Isaac Threatens To Disrupt RNC
August 22, 2012
Electionate puts on his weatherman hat and explains how a hurricane might get in the way of the RNC—and how Cuba might save the convention.
A Texan on Perry's Medicaid Rejection: 'Devastating'
July 11, 2012
Texas Governor Rick Perry on Monday said that he wants no part of the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid. Perry isn’t the first Republican governor to take this position. Five others, including Florida’s Rick Scott and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, announced their opposition to the expansion last week.
How the GOP’s New Education Policy Embraces the Market and Abandons Objective Standards
July 09, 2012
We all got a good laugh at the recent befuddlement (reported at TNR by Amy Sullivan) of a conservative Republican legislator from Louisiana who withdrew her support from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s school voucher program when she realized that its open door to public support for religious schools was not limited to those catering to Christians. But the underlying principle of Jindal’s initiative—and arguably of Mitt Romney’s little-discussed proposal to convert the bulk of federal K-12 education dollars into vouchers—is no laughing matter.
Wait—Freedom of Religion Is For ALL Religions?
July 05, 2012
A Republican state representative in Louisiana now says she was confused when she enthusiastically supported Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher bill to fund private schools. From the Livingston Parish News (free registration required): "WATSON — Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Watson, says she had no idea that Gov.