Monthly Archives: July 2014

House GOP in disarray: Border fight delays recess

House Republicans are poised to delay their August recess by one day, as they frantically scramble to pass a border security bill. After a chaotic afternoon, which saw the GOP leadership suddenly pull their legislation from the House floor because of flagging support, lawmakers planned a Friday morning meeting at 9 a.m. to try to […]

GOP poll puts Brian Sandoval ahead of Harry Reid

Just as the Kentucky Senate race is the marquee contest of the 2014 cycle, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s reelection campaign promises to be the premier down-ballot race in 2016. And a new automated poll shows the five-term Democrat faces an uphill battle in convincing Nevada voters to send him back to Washington for six […]

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-August 2014 Jobs Release

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-August 2014 Jobs Release | Center for American Progress Since the end of the Great Recession, the economy has added 7.8 million jobs, and the unemployment rate has fallen from 10 percent to 6.1 percent. The labor market is much healthier today than at any point since the […]

Another Study Finds No Evidence That Medical Marijuana Increases Cannabis Consumption by Teenagers

A few weeks ago, in a column about the impact of marijuana legalization, I noted that there is not much evidence to support the frequently voiced fear that allowing medical use encourages teenagers to smoke pot. A new study by three economists reinforces that point, finding that the adoption of medical marijuana laws is not […]

California Health Insurance: Despite Obamacare, Hispanics Represent 62 Percent of Uninsured Adult Residents

  Millions of Californians now have insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, but about 2.5 million adults remain uninsured, many of them Hispanics, and are difficult to persuade, a new survey said. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s follow-up survey, titled “Where are California’s Uninsured Now? Wave 2 of the Kaiser Family Foundation California Longitudinal Panel […]

Wealth Likely to Triple for US Hispanics by 2025, but Impact From Recession Still Lingers

The U.S. Hispanic population is on the rise, and so is Hispanic-owned wealth. By 2050, the Hispanic population in the U.S. will double, and by 2025 the wealth owned by Hispanic families will likely triple if trends from the past two decades hold. The majority of gains will occur because of the influx in population, […]

Should a Special Counsel Investigate the IRS Targeting of Conservatives?

At a Wednesday House committee hearing, experts debated whether or not a special counsel should be appointed to investigate claims that the Internal Revenue Service was unlawfully targeting conservative groups.The House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary heard testimony Wednesday from three experts on the matter, with one calling the current efforts by the Justice […]

Hispanics split on how to address surge in Central American Child Migrants

Hispanics in the U.S. are divided on how to deal with the thousands of Central American children illegally arriving in the country, according to a Pew Research survey conducted earlier this month. About as many Hispanics support the current system for deciding immigration cases as do those expediting the process (49% – 47%), which would […]

Hobby Lobby Issues Demystified

People on the Internet seem to have a lot of thoughts and questions about Hobby Lobby. Here are some answers, to the best of my ability. 1) What can stop a company from arguing that it is against the owner’s sincere religious beliefs to pay workers a minimum wage? The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is […]