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Category: Economy

The Fifth Black Senator in U.S. History Makes F.D.R. His Icon

by WS Editors | Jun 1, 2005 | Economy, Politics

On July 27, 2004, when he made one of the most memorable speeches in the history of our political parties, at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Barack Obama began to click with American voters as they watched him on TV. In Illinois, helped by his reputation as a state senator and a African-American statesman, […]

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A Do-Nothing U.S. Congress Makes Local Government More Important

by Neal Peirce | May 15, 2005 | Economy, Media

For several decades, Neal Peirce has been a national journalist in Washington, but with a sharp eye focused also on the state and local scenes. He is the author of the newspaper column “Citistates Reports” (formerly called the “Peirce Reports”), which concentrates on strategic issues for many regional newspapers. The country’s first national newspaper column […]

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The GOP Scrutinizes the CBP | Amtrak Hit the Breaks | More DeLay | Bush Cuts His Own Taxes

by WS Editors | May 15, 2005 | Economy, Media

Corruption at Public Broadcasting—The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is the administrative funnel through which congressional appropriations are doled out to PBS, the Public Broadcasting System’s television outlet, and NPR, National Public Radio. The CPB received about $378 million from Congress for the 2004 fiscal year, representing about 15 percent of public broadcasting’s revenues. Some […]

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Follow the Pork | Disciplining DeLay | Toll-Road Inflation | Primetime Perp Walks

by WS Editors | May 1, 2005 | Economy, Politics

Whole Hog—The Washington watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste keeps a sharp eye on the under-reported phenomenon of pork barrel politics. That’s the antiquated system used by members of Congress to invisibly slip a total of billions of taxpayer dollars into legislation that steers big chunks of cash back to projects in their states and […]

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A Family’s House Is Its Castle—Without a Moat

by Perry L. Weed | Mar 1, 2005 | Economy

The real-estate market seems to have become so unreal that we asked a clear-sighted interpreter of the economy, Perry L. Weed, to explain what’s happening. Weed is a retired Washington economist and lawyer whose 30 years in the nation’s capital included Senate and House staff assignments and a position at the U.S. Commerce Department. His […]

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