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on Jan 20, 2015 - 23:07 PM ET

President Obama kicked off what he refers to as “the fourth quarter” of his presidency with a State of the Union address that detailed a pragmatic progressive agenda with the potential to influence much of this year’s DC wrangling and all of next year’s presidential race. In so doing, Obama rejected the “lame-duck” status his Republican rivals were desperately hoping he would accept. The...

Barack Obama, Politics
on Jan 20, 2015 - 13:38 PM ET
Joni Ernst (Caleb Smith/ CC 2.0)

Considering the sorry circumstance of Republicans who have been tapped to deliver responses to President Obama’s State of the Union addresses, the party leaders who chose Joni Ernst to answer this year’s speech may not have been doing the newly elected senator from Iowa any favors.

But the party bosses were respecting the influence of billionaire campaign donors...

on Jan 18, 2015 - 10:03 AM ET
Obama (AP)

Warren Buffett explained the secret to addressing a lot of the economic challenges facing the United States during President Obama’s first term. In a short commentary written for The New York Times—headline: “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich”—Buffett explained, “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress...

Barack Obama, Inequality, Politics
on Jan 15, 2015 - 14:53 PM ET
Rally for net neutrality

If you are looking for fast and affordable broadband Internet service, go to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Or Lafayette, Louisiana.

Or Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Residents and businesses in these and a handful of other cities enjoy Internet speeds that are nearly 100 times faster than the national average. And the cost of...

on Jan 13, 2015 - 17:03 PM ET
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren

Fortune magazine announced Tuesday that it had obtained “the final word on a White House run” from Elizabeth Warren.

And that word was “no.”

Interviewing Warren for Fortune, former FDIC chairman Sheila Bair asked: “So are you going to run for President?”

“...

on Jan 12, 2015 - 15:31 PM ET
Occupy Wall Street Protesters demand a Robin Hood Tax

Americans who are serious about addressing income inequality have long recognized that the United States needs a Robin Hood Tax—a charge on financial transactions proposed by campaigners who have argued since the Wall Street meltdown of 2008 that “banks, hedge funds and the rest of the financial sector should pay their fair share to clear up the mess they helped create....