Keith Fitzgerald

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The Medicaid Expansion Experience In Michigan

As of July 2015, 30 states and the District of Columbia have expanded or planned to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Michigan is …


The Wild West of Marijuana Pesticides

A side effect of a federal drug law has left legal pot farmers without any approved pesticides—and as a result, many have turned to harmful chemicals to protect their crops.

Growing marijuana takes vigilance, even when it’s legal. Like any crop, cannabis plants are prone to pests and disease—from …


The West Point Professor Who Contemplated a Coup

After calling his intellectual opponents treasonous, and allegedly exaggerating his credentials, a controversial law professor resigns from the United States Military Academy.

On Monday, West Point law professor William C. Bradford resigned after The Guardian reported that he had allegedly inflated …

West Point

Activists jolt the Fed's mountain getaway

What Cheryl Mills told Benghazi investigators

Ben Carson surges in new national poll

Trump signs GOP loyalty pledge

How Trump Exposed the Tea Party

Defiant Kentucky clerk remains jailed after rejecting deal

As a tumultuous week in the markets came to a close, central bankers meeting in the Grand Tetons …

Federal Reserve

Lots of heat but not much light

The debate over the Iran deal is plagued by acrimony and hyperbole. Both sides are missing the point

THE intensity of the argument in Washington, DC, …

Political Science

Military leaders oppose Iran deal

A group of nearly 200 retired generals and admirals sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday urging lawmakers to reject the Iran nuclear agreement, which they say threatens national security.

The letter is the latest in a blizzard of missives petitioning Congress either to support or oppose the …

Middle East

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new study finds an algorithmic word analysis is flawless at determining whether a person will have a psychotic episode.

Although the language of thinking is deliberate—let me think, I have to do some thinking—the actual experience of having thoughts is often passive. Ideas pop up like dandelions; …


Phi Delta Kappa Press Release on Annual Poll: Public Opposes Standardized Testing and Vouchers, Split on Opt Outs

This is the press release about the annual PDK-Gallup public opinion poll about U.S. education. As usual, most people think highly of their local …

Standardized Testing

How Many Employers Could be Affected by the Cadillac Plan Tax?

The inclusion of FSAs here is important. FSAs generally are structured to allow employees the opportunity to divert some of their pay to pretax …

Health Insurance

Sorry, Reddit, President Bernie Sanders can't end the war on drugs by himself

The other day, Students for Bernie Sanders published a blog post claiming that "Bernie Sanders wants to end the war on drugs and thankfully he …


House Republicans Really Think They Can Amend Obamacare This Fall

A health care legislative package is tentatively expected to move in the coming months.

While congressional leaders continue to debate whether to pursue near-full repeal of the Affordable Care Act through budget reconciliation, and GOP presidential candidates lay out Obamacare-replacement proposals, …


How Changeable Is Gender?

THANKS to Caitlyn Jenner, and the military’s changing policies, transgender people are gaining acceptance — and living in a bigger, more understanding spotlight than at any previous time.

We’re learning to be more accepting of transgender individuals. And we’re learning more about gender identity, …


The GOP’s despicable pregnancy plan: The truth doesn’t matter — only winning does

On everything from Planned Parenthood to abstinence-only education, facts are less important than victory

High school students in Arizona’s Gilbert Public School District have apparently been forced to post stickers on their science text books that read as follows:

The Gilbert Public School Distrcit …


Right on banks, wrong on schools: “No Child Left Behind wasn’t designed for the types of realities in my school”

A congressman says even progressive Democrats fall for "accountability," over-testing and phony education "reform"

Progressive Democrats are right to hail the new populism in their party driving the debate about the nation’s economic policies and the atrocious inequality those policies have created. …


Paul Krugman: GOP desire to strangle the welfare state with austerity born of “an emotional prejudice”

"They don't like being told we live in a world where tough-minded policies will actually make things worse"

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argued on Monday that nobody’s entirely sure why the stock market plunged on Friday, but that volatility of the sort is to be expected given that there is …

Paul Krugman

Can the Republican Party Survive Trump?

The GOP frontrunner’s surprising staying power has inspired soul-searching and agony among party elites.

What is happening to the Republican Party? I put that question to Lindsey Graham, the senator from South Carolina and basement-dwelling presidential candidate, who was getting ready to hold a …

Republican Party

Future Risks of an Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON — As President Obama begins his three-week push to win approval of the Iran nuclear deal, he is confronting this political reality: His strongest argument in favor of passage has also become his greatest vulnerability.

Mr. Obama has been pressing the case that the sharp limits on how much …

Middle East

Koreas Agree on Deal to Defuse Tensions

SEOUL, South Korea — In a deal to defuse tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula that were rapidly escalating toward armed conflict, South Korea agreed early on Tuesday to switch off its propaganda loudspeakers on the border, while North Korea agreed to stand down from its “semi-war state,” a high …

World Politics

Donald Trump’s Border Wall Could Have Deadly Consequences

Tightened security at the border is likely to create more dangerous crossing conditions.

Donald Trump wants America to build a permanent wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. "We'll have a great wall. We'll call it the Great Wall of Trump," the real estate mogul told Fox Business recently.

If that ever …

Donald Trump

Addiction in seniors: 'It's at epidemic levels'

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There are only three known addiction programs specifically for seniors in the United States, said John Dyben, director of older …


Harry Reid endorses Iran deal, giving boost to Obama’s supporters

Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid gave a forceful endorsement Sunday to the nuclear deal with Iran, a key boost that provides continued momentum for preventing Congress from blocking President Obama’s pact.

The Nevada Democrat said the deal, which lifts economic sanctions against the rogue nation …

Middle East

A Six Month Update on How We’ve Been Using Data, and How it Benefits All Americans

Memorandum: A Six Month Update on How We’ve Been Using Data, and How it Benefits All Americans
The American People
Dr. DJ Patil, U.S. Chief …

Open Data

The search for 'dark matter' and 'dark energy' just got interesting

We are a big step closer to tracking down what's hiding in galaxy clusters like Abell 2218. NASA/ESA via wikipediaOnly about 5% of the universe …


Donald Trump Has No Idea How To Fix Immigration, So He’ll Hire 'Great People' Who Know How

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Business mogul Donald Trump has repeatedly bemoaned the supposed influx of undocumented immigrants migrating across the border, calling them “rapists” and “criminals” and last week, advocating for an end to birthright citizenship. But on Sunday, when pressed by …


The Rise of a Colorado Cannabis Entrepreneur

Wanda James describes herself and her husband, Scott Durrah, as "serial entrepreneurs." They've owned restaurants, consulting companies, and they are the first African American dispensary owners in Colorado. However, the goal is more than just bringing pot to the people. In the mid-nineties, James …


Blame Mexico!

"I'M A huge fan of the Mexican people," Donald Trump said in an interview this weekend with NBC's Chuck Todd. "But they have to pay for the wall."

Mr …


A Hollywood Legend Returns With a Screwball Comedy. Will Anyone Notice?

She’s Funny That Way, which comes out this Friday, is the first film Peter Bogdanovich has directed in 14 years. He used to churn them out; in the …


Yes, Donald, "Anchor Baby" Is Offensive. Here's Why.

Contrary to what Donald Trump believes, pregnant women are not flooding over the border from Mexico

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump …


Trump’s Critics Are Wrong about the Fourteenth Amendment and Birthright Citizenship

(Photo Illustration: NRO)Donald Trump continues to bewilder political experts. He unabashedly wades into politically dangerous territory and yet …


Florida Cities Want Transportation Dollars to Incentivize Infill

(Photo by LoneStarMike)City sprawl is a bit like prison privatization or sea level rise: Florida has a particular problem with it. But in Tampa’s …