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Lead Story
Uncle Sam: Pinball Wizard?
Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Amidst the turmoil in the financial markets, important policy issues have fallen by the wayside: can the US economy support a $16,000,000,000,000 ($16 trillion) deficit—or is this ‘tilt'?

Tommy, hero of the 1975 movie of the same name, “always got the replay, never tilts at all.” While the Treasury, Federal Reserve, and Congress play one ball after the other, we're watching those buzzers, bells, and flashing lights for a score.

The Feds have put a lot of motion into their game. FRB Chairman Bernanke had estimated that the central bank had plowed $800 billion into the financial system as of several weeks ago. That excludes $200 billion for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the $250 billion bank investment, and the $700 billion the Treasury expects to spend purchasing soured mortgages...

Feature Story
Energy Policy:  A Portfolio of Technologies, Conservation, and Who Pays
Monday, 08 September 2008

The United States is the single greatest consumer of energy in the world and has been for a large part of the last century. Despite the country's growing need for energy sources to power virtually every aspect of our lives, as a nation, we have historically struggled to devise policies that would effectively address that need, especially in an era where factors such as independence from foreign oil, implementation of alternative technologies, and environmental protection must be considered and included in the language of new policies. Major decisions on offshore drilling, the role played by non-fossil fuels, conservation, and taxes on oil companies and rebates to consumers provide multiple flash points...

ENERGY POLICY - What others are saying

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The Presidental candidates on energy policy A look at the energy policies of Senator's McCain, Obama, and others.

Energy Policy Act of 2006 America's state-of-the-art energy policy.

Renewable Energy Policy in the 2008 Farm Bill Energy policy forms part of the 2008 Farm Bill.

Lawmakers push for Big Subsidies for Coal Process A look at the politics of legislating an energy bill.

NCSL Energy Summit, July 22, 2008 Presentations from the July Energy Summit at NCSL's 2008 legislative summit.

NCSL Energy Efficiency Institute, June 23-24, 2008 More presentations on America's energy policy.

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Energy Policy: The Dark Night?
Having saved the world from itself over 60 years ago and put a man on the Moon 25 years later, Americans are a proud lot. But, time waits on no one. As the country's vaunted financial infrastructure repor...
Publisher's Letter
THE ECONOMY: DOWN AND DOWNER Almost out of options, there's one possibility left for the American authorities–raise interest rates. The result: for starters, a stronger dollar, lower oil prices...
Q&A: MA State Senator Richard Moore, Senate Chair of the Legislature's Joint Committee on Health Care Financing: In 2006, Massachusetts passed the Health Care Reform Act, the first comprehensive health ...
McCain v Obama: What we do still matters: As I was walking to the train last week, a lady who had been waiting for the bus suddenly matched my steps downhill to the station. She was trolling a handcart...

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Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Amidst the turmoil in the financial markets, important policy issues have fallen by the wayside:...
Thursday, 13 March 2008
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The Economy
Monday, 08 September 2008
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Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Having saved the world from itself over 60 years ago and put a man on the Moon 25 years later,...
Law
Thursday, 09 August 2007
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Thursday, 09 August 2007
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Society
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Q&A: MA State Senator Richard Moore, Senate Chair of the Legislature's Joint Committee on Health C...
Sunday, 16 March 2008
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Foreign Policy
Monday, 09 October 2006
New York Congressman Eliot Engel's international relations experience is both broad and deep. Arrivi...
Tuesday, 19 September 2006
Is democracy inherently bad at articulating large policy objectives? September 20, 2006 Presi...
California
Friday, 08 February 2008
The California Senate may lose a quarter of its members every two years via term limits, but Chief S...
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
After more than 30 years as a classroom math and science teacher, California Assemblywoman Betty Kar...
 

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