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Pay Equity Day, UI Extension Clears Senate, Salam Proclaims Neoconservatism

A reasonably quiet day with plenty “behind the headlines.” 1. Democrats from Obama to Senate initiate big Pay Equity for Women push. 2. Senate passes…

Uninsured Ranks Continue To Fall, Ryan Budget Due to Pass House, Rand Paul’s Halliburton Hypothesis

Not a newsy day, but an interesting one “behind the headlines.” 1. Gallup shows percentage of Americans without health insurance dropping for fourth straight month…

No Surprises in Jobs Report, Adelson Makes More Money, Ryan Scraps Medicare Cap

As we drift towards the weekend, here’s what is in and “behind the headlines.” 1. March jobs report comes in about as expected: 192k net…

Next Step for SCOTUS, the Charles Koch Pity Party, and Another Benghazi! Hearing

As attention again focuses on a shooting at Ft. Hood, here is what’s “behind the headlines.” 1. Debate over SCOTUS’ McCutcheon decision continues to rage;…

Another Blow to Campaign Finance Regulation, Bowser Beats Gray, and Demythologizing “Base Enthusiasm”

A very newsy political news morning, with more “behind the headlines.” 1. Supreme Court conservatives on 5/4 vote strike down aggregate limits on contributions to…

Obamacare Hits Enrollment Target, Trading a Spy For Peace Talks, and a New “Pragmatic Progressive” Site

An actual news-rich day!  But there’s more “behind the headlines.” 1. Obamacare sign-ups thought to hit 7 million mark on yesterday’s official enrollment deadline. 2. Senate…

The Doc-Fix Trick, Rogers Leaves House for Radio, and the “Sheldon Primary”

A livelier-than-expected week comes to a close with important items in and “beyond the headlines.” 1. Conservatives shriek after House GOP leadership passed “doc fix”…

The Need to Support Business Investment

Here’s the situation: Fundamentally, investment is what drives productivity and growth. Unfortunately, more than six years after the Great Recession started, business investment is still…

4th Quarter 2013 GDP Revised Upward, Corruption Cases Explode, and a Dubious Reading on the “Invisible Primary”

Dogs-and-cats kind of news day, but there’s plenty “behind the headlines.” 1. Commerce Department revises 2013 4Q GDP numbers upward a bit, despite terrible weather….