August 2013

Aug 22, 2013

Report: Long-Term Education Investments Lead to Higher Wages

By Reid Wilson, Washington Post

Legislators looking for the best returns on budget investments should focus their efforts on education spending, which in turn leads to higher productivity and higher wages, according to a new report released Thursday morning.

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Is a College Degree Still Affordable?

With David Wessel, Wall Street Journal

In an interview with WSJ's David Wessel, the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities President Peter McPherson discusses the rising costs of a college degree and whether higher education is keeping pace with new forms of learning.

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When Reagan Called Nixon About Watergate

With Dan Balz, Washington Post

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Newly Released Tapes Show Nixon Maneuvering as Watergate Unfolds

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

Just hours after a national address promising “no whitewash” of Watergate, President Richard M. Nixon privately urged his new attorney general not to appoint a special prosecutor and suggested that a former aide avoid questions by asserting national security.

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FISA Court: NSA Surveillance Program Was Unconstitutional

With Tom Gjelten, NPR

The National Security Agency illegally collected emails of tens of thousands of Americans. The numbers are revealed in a newly declassified secret court opinion. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court found the collection of those emails unconstitutional and ordered the NSA to fix the problem.

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Egyptian Turmoil Continues with Mubarak’s Pending Release, More Arrests

By Nancy A. Youssef and Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers

During the latter half of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule, those who suggested rising up against him often would be reminded of an Egyptian phrase, “The one you know is better than the one you don’t know,” referring to Mubarak’s potential replacement.

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Aug 21, 2013

UAW president to speak at MLK event in D.C.

By David Shepardson, Detroit News

United Auto Workers President Bob King will speak Saturday at an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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A Better Way to Save for Retirement?

By Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post

Declaring the nation’s private-sector retirement system “broken,” the Center for American Progress is adding its voice to the growing call for a new kind of investment vehicle to shore up retirement security for workers.

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Texas Sen. Cruz Shrugs Off Canadian Citizenship

By Charles Babington and Will Weissert, Associated Press

Sen. Ted Cruz, seemingly eyeing a presidential run in 2016, calls his renunciation of Canadian citizenship no big deal, even though questions about candidates' birthplaces have flared in recent elections.

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Obama Meets With Security Team on Egypt

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

President Obama convened a White House meeting Tuesday afternoon with his national security advisers to discuss the violence in Egypt and the status of U.S. assistance to that turmoil-filled nation, spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed.

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Egyptian Prime Minister Says He Does 'Not Fear Civil War'

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

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Aug 20, 2013

America's Libertarian Moment

By Molly Ball, The Atlantic

Libertarianism is on the march. From the rapid rise to prominence of first-term Senator Rand Paul to the state-level movements to legalize gay marriage and marijuana, the philosophy of fiscal conservatism, social liberalism, and restrained foreign policy seems to be gaining currency in American politics. But it's nothing new, of course. (New York Times Magazine, 1971: "The New Right Credo: Libertarianism.") A lonely band of libertarian thinkers have been propounding this philosophy since the 1960s, when the late thinker Murray Rothbard published his first book, Reason magazine was founded, and, in 1974, Rothbard teamed up with Charles Koch and Ed Crane to found the Cato Institute, one of Washington's most influential think tanks.

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