Do U.S. Gun Laws Make All of North America Less Safe?

While a real conversation over gun control in the U.S. is a domestic non-starter, neighboring countries end up suffering from lax American laws Looming over the aftermath of the Aurora shooting is the long-standing and largely fruitless American debate over gun control. My colleague Alex Altman wrote lucidly about the paralysis that grips many U.S. politicians on both sides of […]

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What We Don’t Know About the Future of Medicaid

Health-care wonks and political spinmeisters eagerly awaited a new government analysis Tuesday of how the Supreme Court‘s ruling on the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion will affect the law. But the Congressional Budget Office’s report doesn’t provide much clarity. By definition, CBO number-crunching is an attempt to predict an uncertain future. Yet Tuesday’s report was particularly murky. That’s because implementation […]

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NCAA Lowers Boom on Penn State: $60 Million Fine and Four-Year Bowl-Game Ban

Penn State’s football program faces the daunting task of rebuilding itself while accepting punishment for enabling a culture that covered up child sexual abuse and led to the downfall of a storied college coach A month after former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing young boys during his tenure at the university, the NCAA […]

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Why Google or Facebook Buying Your Favorite Startup Means It’s Probably Toast

When I learned this morning, via Twitter, that the small company behind Mac/iOS e-mail app Sparrow was being bought by Google, I almost didn’t need to read the startup’s announcement to know the upshot. Google and Facebook buy itty-bitty web companies all the time. And the acquired businesses typically convey what’s happening in an eerily consistent five-step ritual: Announcement of […]

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