Congress Approves Cliff Deal, Signaling Future Fights

Congress’ excruciating, extraordinary New Year’s Day approval of a compromise averting a prolonged tumble off the fiscal cliff hands President Barack Obama most of the tax boosts on the rich that he campaigned on. It also prevents House Republicans from facing blame for blocking tax cuts for most American households, though most GOP lawmakers parted ways with Speaker John Boehner […]

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Google’s Attack on Apple Is Good News for Apple

Over at Business Insider, Nicholas Carlson has written about something he calls Google’s “worm strategy”: Over the past six months, Google has begun to systematically replace core, Apple-made iOS apps with Google-made iOS apps. In July, Google launched Chrome for iPhone — a Safari replacement. Then in October came Google Search — which included a voice search feature to compete […]

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Why the Fiscal Cliff Deal Should Have Included Social Security

Yesterday’s deal to avoid the fiscal cliff offers quick fixes for the country’s most urgent financial problems but will also add almost $4 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years. Cuts in discretionary spending and entitlements have therefore become even more essential, but the fiscal cliff deal has postponed negotiations over spending for at least another couple of […]

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Congressional ethics investigators could soon be silenced

Inside an ordinary office building six blocks from the Capitol, investigators sift through evidence of possible violations against ethics and laws committed by the nation’s elected representatives. This is the Office of Congressional Ethics, also known as the OCE. It is one of the most important watchdogs in Washington. That’s because the OCE is the only quasi-independent government body whose […]

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