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"Cleaner air and more jobs - two things that everyone wants," noted Reason.tv's Ted Balaker in a recent video, "but what happens when those goals collide?" As you'll see in the video below the jump, often political and ideological considerations override any concerns regarding economic vitality, and even academic and scientific integrity. The story Reason tells is shocking, but it is far from unique. Have a look and let us know what you think.

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"Cleaner air and more jobs - two things that everyone wants," noted Reason.tv's Ted Balaker in a recent video, "but what happens when those goals collide?" As you'll see in the video below the jump, often political and ideological considerations override any concerns regarding economic vitality, and even academic and scientific integrity. The story Reason tells is shocking, but it is far from unique. Have a look and let us know what you think.

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from href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/29/961342/-GOP-congresswoman-to-Democrats:-Stop-talking-about-jobs">DailyKos:

Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 08:15 PM EDT /> GOP congresswoman to Democrats: ‘Stop talking about jobs’

It’s safe to say that most politicians don’t want want their constituents to think they don’t care about jobs. You’d think Republican congresswoman Judy Biggert of Illinois would feel the same way, but during a debate on GOP legislation to terminate the HAMP program, Biggert turned to her Democratic colleagues and told them to—and this is a direct quote—“stop talking about jobs.”

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here’s the background on this story from href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/in-michigan-conservative-think-tank-seeks-labor-prof-emails.php">TPM.com:

Conservative Think Tank Seeks Michigan Profs’ Emails About Wisconsin Union Battle … And Maddow

A free enterprise think tank in Michigan — backed by some of the biggest names in national conservative donor circles — has made a broad public records request to at least three in-state universities with departments that specialize in the study of labor relations, seeking all their emails regarding the union battle in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, TPM has learned.

According to professors subject to the request, filed under Michigan’s version of the Freedom Of Information Act, the request is extremely rare in academic circles. An employee at the think tank requesting the emails tells TPM they’re part of an investigation into what labor studies professors at state schools in Michigan are saying about the situation in Madison, Wisc., the epicenter of the clashes between unions and Republican-run state governments across the Midwest.

One professor subject to the FOIA described it as anti-union advocates “going after folks they don’t agree with.”

The Mackinac Center For Public Policy, based in Midland, Mich., submitted the FOIA requests last Friday and Monday to the Labor Studies Center at the University of Michigan and the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues at Wayne State University. A third FOIA was directed to Michigan State University, which has a School of Human Resources & Labor Relations.

The requests specifically seek emails from all labor studies faculty at each school.

Here is Rachel Maddow’s response:

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here’s the background on this story from href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/in-michigan-conservative-think-tank-seeks-labor-prof-emails.php">TPM.com:

Conservative Think Tank Seeks Michigan Profs’ Emails About Wisconsin Union Battle … And Maddow

A free enterprise think tank in Michigan — backed by some of the biggest names in national conservative donor circles — has made a broad public records request to at least three in-state universities with departments that specialize in the study of labor relations, seeking all their emails regarding the union battle in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, TPM has learned.

According to professors subject to the request, filed under Michigan’s version of the Freedom Of Information Act, the request is extremely rare in academic circles. An employee at the think tank requesting the emails tells TPM they’re part of an investigation into what labor studies professors at state schools in Michigan are saying about the situation in Madison, Wisc., the epicenter of the clashes between unions and Republican-run state governments across the Midwest.

One professor subject to the FOIA described it as anti-union advocates “going after folks they don’t agree with.”

The Mackinac Center For Public Policy, based in Midland, Mich., submitted the FOIA requests last Friday and Monday to the Labor Studies Center at the University of Michigan and the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues at Wayne State University. A third FOIA was directed to Michigan State University, which has a School of Human Resources & Labor Relations.

The requests specifically seek emails from all labor studies faculty at each school.

Here is Rachel Maddow’s response:

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Freshman Congressman Ben Quayle, R-AZ, took to the stage at last night's White House Correspondents Association dinner and immediately labeled Politico "the worst media outlet in history." From there, he took on…well, plenty of folks, from Barack Obama to Eliot Spitzer to Newt Gingrich to Anthony Weiner. Check out the video below the break.

Some of it was cringworthy, but it was a pretty impressive performance, no? Some good jabs at the liberal media in there as well.

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Today, in 1945, Anne Frank was exterminated by the Nazis. The war would be over in just a couple months.


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The Ed Show discusses the latest happenings in Wisconsin.

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The Ed Show discusses the latest happenings in Wisconsin.

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Two soon to be Tar Heels will be playing in tonight’s McDonald’s All-American game. ESPN will televise the contest beginning at 10 PM.

SG P.J. Hairston took part in the slam dunk contest and led after the first round but failed to throw down his second dunk ending up 3rd overall(behind second place Duke commit Marshall Plumlee but ahead of other Duke commit Austin Rivers.) Hairston’s three dunks are in the video below, skip to the 0:15 second mark to see them.

Hairston was also in the three point contest and led after the first round before finishing second to Kentucky commit Kyle Wiltjer. Yes, Kentucky beat UNC with the the three point shot twice in one week. While the contests mean very little(Ronald Curry won the dunk contest when he was a McDonald’s All-American) you do realize Hairston is extremely athletic and will give UNC another high flying guard alongside Dexter Strickland. Also, if he can come in and shoot the ball in the mid-30% range as a freshman it will help in a major way.

The other Tar Heel suiting up this evening is James McAdoo. McAdoo is a 6-8 power forward with a great all-around game. If UNC returns everyone, McAdoo will slip into Justin Knox’s slot and be an instant upgrade since his offensive skills are better. McAdoo is already being projected as a high lottery pick in 2012.

Open thread for anyone watching the game and dream what life might be like if everyone returns and UNC adds these two guys to the mix.

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Rachel Maddow has a good run at showing how the GOP is twisting itself into pretzels opposing the President’s policies in Libya.

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Rachel Maddow has a good run at showing how the GOP is twisting itself into pretzels opposing the President’s policies in Libya.

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from href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/two_social_security_graphs_worth_thinking_about/2011/03/28/AFyO8ZqB_blog.html?wprss=ezra-klein">Ezra Klein:

Here is a reference guide of two graphs. The first is from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and it’s looking at how central Social Security checks are to most beneficiaries. The quick takeaway is that they provide a majority of most senior’s income, and for a substantial minority, they provide the entirety of their income:

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It’s worth noting that the average Social Security benefit is about $ 1,100 a month, or less than $ 14,000 annually. The second graph comes from Christian Weller’s reform proposal, and it looks at the rise in income that’s above the payroll-tax cap — which is to say, the degree to which the payroll tax has become more regressive than it was when we first passed it into law:

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I’m on record saying Social Security is the last place in the federal government we should look for cuts. It’s a lean, efficient program that, if anything, is too spartan. In 2009, the average monthly benefit was slightly more than $ 1,000 — hardly lavish. That makes it one of the stingiest national-pension programs in the developed world, actually. And once we finish phasing in the cuts passed in the ’80s, it’ll only replace about 31 percent of the average beneficiary’s income. In a time of underfunded 401(k)s and high unemployment, that’s just not enough for many retirees. Saying Social Security is too generous is like saying a Mini Cooper is too roomy. /> …………………………….. /> Sperling correctly sees that there are two separate problems in our retirement system: Social Security has too little money, and so, too, do most retirees. Fixing the former, as it happens, is the easier task. Sperling suggests a 3 percent surcharge on all income over $ 200,000, which would wipe out half of Social Security’s shortfall. He suggests the rest could be made up through bipartisan agreement on benefits cuts or tax changes. A simpler solution perhaps would be to uncap the payroll tax that funds Social Security. Right now, income over $ 106,000 is protected, meaning someone making $ 80,000 pays payroll taxes on every dollar of income while someone making $ 1 million pays on barely one of every 10 dollars. Does that make sense to you? Yeah, me neither.

Uncapping it would pretty much wipe out the shortfall on its own. Add in some changes to the benefit itself — perhaps benefits for the wealthy could grow more slowly, as they rely on it less — and you’re done. Social Security is fully funded.

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