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American politics and the big picture

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So Is America a Christian Nation?

about 3 years ago

The U.S. is historically a Christian country. It's not just that 3 out of 4 Americans identify themselves as Christian. It's that the colonists who fought in the American revolution and who founded the United States were very largely—and often very devoutly—Christian. Their religion played a ...


Obamacare on Trial

about 3 years ago

The Affordable Care Act will get its final day in court soon. The Obama administration chose on Monday not to ask the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to re-hear a key case in which the court found the law’s requirement that individuals buy insurance unconstitutional. The move suggests that the ...


Where Did America's Growth Go?

about 3 years ago

Where did America’s growth go? Economists can with reasonable accuracy break down a country’s economic growth into its various components. When you look at the data compiled by the St. Louis Fed, it’s clear that in key ways the U.S. economy has begun to rebound. But it’s also clear that the country ...


The U.S. Turns Down Free Money

about 3 years ago

The U.S. government can borrow money right now at essentially no cost. But for political and ideological reasons the government is leaving what is essentially free money on the table. The government borrows money by issuing treasury bonds, which are essentially a promise to pay the buyer the ...


Is the Fed Biased?

about 3 years ago

“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa,” Texas Governor Rick Perry said of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at a campaign stop in Iowa. “But we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics ...