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Cantor's collapse and crony capitalism

June 13, 2014 - We tend to think that promoting anger at big business is a theme of the Left, but conservative libertarians such as David Brat, who defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week in Virginia's GOP primary, have their own version of this critique.

Targeting the climate culprits

May 9, 2014 - While the new U.S. National Climate Assessment is forthright in stating the scientific evidence, the report avoids assigning blame for the run-up in greenhouse gas emissions to specific parties. That's where the Climate Accountability Institute comes in.

Corporate virtue and corporate subsidies

February 3, 2014 - Two new reports from Good Jobs First take a critical look at public assistance for large corporations. One compares revenue loss from corporate subsidies and tax breaks to public employee pensions, while the other looks at how fully states disclose public assistance to corporations.

Where healthcare's bare bones are buried

November 11, 2013 - Big insurance companies -- with the encouragement of penny-pinching employers like Wal-Mart -- created the substandard health insurance plans that are being eliminated to comply with the minimum coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The outsourcing customer is always wrong

October 25, 2013 - Representatives of companies that got the lion's share of lucrative contracts to build the problem-ridden federal health exchange website -- including Virginia-based CGI Federal and Atlanta-based Equifax -- testified before a House committee this week and acted as if they were innocent bystanders at someone else's train wreck.