Hindery Report on Real Unemployment

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For those interested in following the “real unemployment” rate, which businessman Leo Hindery and others have been promoting as a better measure of unemployment than the more limited data on official unemployment which the government and media tend to prioritize, I attach his letter: In July 2013, the number of Real Unemployed Persons decreased by…

Deception in Counting the Unemployed

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Leo Hindery, Jr. is one of those big personalities in real life that we see characters trying to play in the movies.  He sees himself as a larger than life change agent, working to rewire America’s social contract to be more fair to American workers

Norquist & Emanuel on Immigration Debate

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(click on right corner above to expand to full screen) It is a really, really bizarre time in American politics when on one side of a debate — in this case, the immigration policy debate — stand folks like the anti-tax scourge of Democrats Grover Norquist, Chicago Mayor and most likely presidential Democratic Party aspirant…

What is the Menendez Plan on Syria?

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez takes on Washington Post veteran reporter Walter Pincus this morning with a Syria-related letter to the editor in this morning’s paper. Menendez writes “his wrongheaded commentary fell into an oversimplified story line that Congress is broken.

Gays, Guns, and Doing the Right Thing

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Senator Joe Manchin and Margaret Carlson at New York IDEAS 2013 on FORA.tv Joe Manchin, soon to become the senior Senator of West Virginia after Jay Rockefeller‘s retirement, was interviewed by Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson about his efforts to close gun show loopholes and push broader background checks on gun purchasers.

Heads Up on Monterey Institute Talk

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Tuesday evening, the 26th of March 2013, I’ll be speaking on the challenge that the US currently faces in managing its alliances at the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Monterey Institute.