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Fifty years after LBJ started the war on poverty, income inequality debate continues

April 22, 2014

Fifty years after Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty, the New York Times looks back to see how some of America’s poorest communities have fared. This article takes a look at McDowell County in Virginia. A county that was so poor that when JFK campaigned there, he was appalled by the conditions. It still faces...

Sebelius bearer of good news, then needed to go; former White House budget director takes her job

April 16, 2014

By Lars Gesing CU News Corps It was quite a week for Kathleen Sebelius. On April 7, the then U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services visited the CU-Boulder campus to deliver the keynote speech for the 2014 Conference on World Affairs. On March 31, the first enrollment period for the Affordable Ca...

In furious sprint to finish line, ObamaCare enrollment numbers jump over 7 million mark

April 2, 2014

By Lars Gesing CU News Corps This week’s big story is – once again – the Affordable Care Act. The first deadline to sign up for the new health care provision was Monday at midnight. During the days – and especially the...

Economic upturn might not be enough for Colorado Democrats in congressional midterms

March 31, 2014

Note: This story ran in The Denver Post on March 30, 2014. Analysis by Lars Gesing CU News Corps Slowly but mostly steadily dropping unemployment rates are raising hopes for Democrats in Colorado and the nation that the recovering economy will he...

Citizens United threatens to sue the IRS

March 18, 2014

President Obama cannot raise the minimum wage without the help of Congress. He has, however, found a way to raise the wages of many low skilled employees by raising the exemption for overtime payment from $23,660 a year to about...

Obama talks health care with Zach Galifinianakis

March 12, 2014

By Lars Gesing CU News Corps After national unemployment rates slightly rose from 6.6 percent in January to 6.7 percent in February, Bloomberg reports that job openings in the U.S. increased less than expected in January. According to Bloomberg writer Jeanna Smialek, this was likely a sign that “labor-market cooling from late 2013 per...

ProPublica looks at "Dark" side of big data

February 24, 2014

Many critics of America’s growing inequality argue that income inequality is causing the U.S. to become an oligarchy, in which politicians are bought by the elite. A ProPublica investigation – “Buying Your Vote: Dark Mon...

Long-term unemployed yearn for consent on benefit extension, but Congress fails to reach agreement – again

February 12, 2014

By Lars Gesing CU News Corps More than 1.4 million Americans stopped receiving long-term unemployment insurance checks at the end of last year. Ever since, Congressional Democrats and Republicans fight over a three-month extension for...

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