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Challenging Sacred Assumptions

Challenging Sacred Assumptions | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Shortly after first arriving in Washington, D.C., I had conversations with friends in which I made this observation: Assume that they and I hold completely different views on an issue.
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Build Your Own Conspiracy Theory | The Skeptical Libertarian

Build Your Own Conspiracy Theory | The Skeptical Libertarian | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

Amusing, but with a serious point to make. Always be thoughtful; always look for the logic...

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The Unspeakable F-Word, Government-Style

The Unspeakable F-Word, Government-Style | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
I have mentioned this theme a time or two in the past. But, seriously, if you can sit still for one more installment, this matters.
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The Takeaway - Blue Dog Day Afternoon

The Takeaway - Blue Dog Day Afternoon | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

Listen on The Takeaway, with John Hockenberry

It’s a tough time to be a moderate Democrat in the halls of Congress. Only 24 so-called blue dog Democrats remain in Congress, and as the November elections near, several of them are looking at tough re-election campaigns. An unpopular president sharing the ticket, major redistricting, and tough conservative opponents may make the blue dog extinct. Robert “Bud” Cramer is a long-time blue dog Democrat. He's formerly the Congressman for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, and is now the Chairman of Wexler Walker Public Policy Associates.

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The Reality Of Government Spending

The Reality Of Government Spending | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Josh Barro ponders the above chart on US government spending over time. And again, he shows how ideology distorts reality. The reason the government spends more as a proportion of GDP is partly the welfare state and partly demography.
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Cash and Credit Cards Will Be (Nearly) Dead Within the Next 8 Years

Cash and Credit Cards Will Be (Nearly) Dead Within the Next 8 Years | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Shutterstock/Aperture51 Your wallet may soon be a collector's item. In a report published this morning, Pew surveyed a selection of academics, authors, and other experts, asking them questions about the future of money.
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First Solar’s Loan Guarantees: Money Laundering For Obama Cronies

First Solar’s Loan Guarantees: Money Laundering For Obama Cronies | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
The Department of Energy can guarantee loans with taxpayer money, but they can’t guarantee a company with Obama administration connections won’t come along with a fat check and snap those contracts right up.
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Financial Crisis II

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Every politician, central bank, and regulator in
the developed world spent 2008 and 2009 saying, “This must never
happen again.” “This” was the financial meltdown that almost took
down the world economy.
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Why Would a Student's Question About Fox News Make Gingrich So Testy?

Why Would a Student's Question About Fox News Make Gingrich So Testy? | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Days after complaining about bias at the network, he reportedly ended an interview with a college newspaper when asked about Roger Ailes.Reuters It all began when Newt Gingrich said that the Fox News Channel, his former employer, was biased in its...
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Ad War Update--The Super PACs Continue to Dominate the Conversation

Ad War Update--The Super PACs Continue to Dominate the Conversation | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Obama's Super PAC spotlights Romney's riches: Paul Waldman comments on the now-famous photo at the center of the ad: Romney hasn't really told a persuasive story about how his personal wealth figures into his candidacy.
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Himalayan glaciers buck global warmng

Himalayan glaciers buck global warmng | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
A heavily glaciated region of the Himalayas is bucking the trend of global ice loss and showing small signs of increasing in mass, according to a new study.
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The third name on your ballot in November will be…..

Americans will soon have their choice for the 2012 presidential race: Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama. But one group, Americans Elect, is determined to give voters a third choice for president. Americans Elect is out to shake up the voting process...

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‘Buffett Rule’ fails Senate test vote

‘Buffett Rule’ fails Senate test vote | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
A White House-backed proposal to force millionaires to pay at least 30% of their income in taxes before charity fails a test vote in the Senate, but Democrats vow to keep pressing it this election year.

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Budget Fight Heats Up

Budget Fight Heats Up | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
The White House, escalating the political posturing ahead of a possible government shutdown in October, threatened to block any new spending bills until House Republicans reverse new spending cuts.
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Mike Huckabee’s Double Standard

Mike Huckabee’s Double Standard | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
I like Mike Huckabee, but he’s gotten off to a bad start as a host of his own radio show. In an interview with Ted Nugent – Huckabee’s “hunting buddy and good friend” – Governor Huckabee was extremely supportive of Nugent.
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Constant Fundraising: The Other Campaign-Finance Problem

Constant Fundraising: The Other Campaign-Finance Problem | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Lawmakers spend up to half their time asking for cash. How could the system be altered to allow them to research votes, craft bills, and interact with constituents?
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Poll: Utah GOP delegates more moderate than two years ago

Doubling attendance at party caucuses this year produced Republican state delegates whose views are more moderate and far more in line with voters than in the past, according to a poll of delegates and voters released Tuesday by the Utah Foundation.
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Obama And The Debt

Obama And The Debt | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Like David Brooks, I feel whip-sawed a lot of the time. The gamble of Obama's re-election message seems so far to be a mix of personal popularity and tax fairness. I can see the logic of this. Obama is hated...
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Here Are Your Favorite Tax Graphs

Here Are Your Favorite Tax Graphs | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Happy tax day! Let's celebrate (or mourn) our civic duty to pay the government for stuff by sharing our favorite charts. The following pictures come from readers like you.
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The Coming Book Wars: Apple vs. Amazon vs. Google vs. the U.S.

The Coming Book Wars: Apple vs. Amazon vs. Google vs. the U.S. | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Unresolved conflicts among publishers, sellers, libraries, and the U.S.
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Raise My Taxes, Please!

Raise My Taxes, Please! | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
The Bush/Obama tax cuts saved me thousands of dollars. I'm ready to donate it all to politicians who want to double my taxes. Picture from Mitt Romney's 2010 tax return; Reuters I'm looking at my 2011 tax return.
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GSA whistle-blower testifies on scandal

GSA whistle-blower testifies on scandal | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
A General Services Administration official who first raised questions about overspending at a 2010 Las Vegas conference said Tuesday that she supported the findings of a government investigation and the steps taken in response to the controversy.
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False-Equivalence Watch: Nice Work by the Times and Post!

False-Equivalence Watch: Nice Work by the Times and Post! | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Today a majority of the Senate voted in favor of the "Buffett Rule," but the 51-45 "Yes" vote was not enough to overcome the Republicans' threatened filibuster.Here is how the NYT, to its credit, reported and billed the story: The narrative...
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Political Dialogue: Too Important to be Hijacked (Ed Gurowitz)

Political Dialogue: Too Important to be Hijacked (Ed Gurowitz) | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
In order for any group to come up with ideas that are smarter than its members, it must have a wide range of diverse viewpoints.

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Santorum Holds Off on Endorsing, Tells Supporters 'I Haven't Supported Any Candidate at This Point'

Santorum Holds Off on Endorsing, Tells Supporters 'I Haven't Supported Any Candidate at This Point' | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Rick Santorum said tonight there is “no question Barack Obama has to be defeated,” but did not say he would back presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, instead revealing he had only spoken to Newt Gingrich, not Romney yet.

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