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Economics Daily Digest: Too big to fail vs. too small to matter

Economics Daily Digest: Too big to fail vs. too small to matter

Economics Daily Digest by the Roosevelt Institute banner

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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An In-Depth Look at Campaign Finance Reform (MSNBC)

In this extended online segment, Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren speaks with Zephyr Teachout about using multiple matching funds as a tool to increase the power of small donors.

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Open thread for night owls: Goat play

Open thread for night owls: Goat play

It’s the weekend, so for just one minute, stop thinking about politics and look at the fun these goats and kids are having.

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 20xxMeet the new victims:

Have you heard the good news? Now that Barack Obama has been elected president, racism in America has ended. And we must turn our…

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All hail the new House leadership: Cruz, King, and Bachmann

All hail the new House leadership: Cruz, King, and Bachmann

Screenshot of House anti-DREAMer vote.

Good luck with this one, Republicans, now that you’ve handed the entire issue of immigration over to Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann, and Steve King. In a 223-189 vote, the House Republicans passed their $694 million appropriations bill which is never going to be implemented. Included in that bill is $35 millionfor Texas Gov. Rick Perry and any other governor who thinks the border needs protecting…

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Misinformation still driving Obamacare poll numbers

Misinformation still driving Obamacare poll numbers

Tea party rally sign: "Government keep your hands of my Medicare! Don't steal from Medicare to support SOCIALIZED MEDICINE"

The July Kaiser Health Tracking Poll is out, and it’s an old, familiar story with the possible addition of Obamacare fatigue now driving some of that disapproval.

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that over half the public has an unfavorable view of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in July, up eight percentage points since last month, while the share viewing the law favorably held steady…

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Obamacare foes appeal to Supreme Court on subsidy case

Obamacare foes appeal to Supreme Court on subsidy case

A man fills out an information card during an Affordable Care Act outreach event hosted by Planned Parenthood for the Latino community in Los Angeles, California September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Challengers to Obamacare’s subsidies who were shot down by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals appealed their case to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, rather than asking for a review of the full panel of judges on the Fourth.

The lawyers noted that after last week’s ruling on the case, which came the same day that another federal appeals court ruledthat the…

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Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Coke FRIDAY!

Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Coke FRIDAY!

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From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…

Late Night Snark: July’s in the Rearview Mirror Edition

“Congress is now getting ready to take a month off. From what?
—David Letterman

“That lawsuit against the president is ridiculous. Unless they do the trial on Judge Judy, then I’m all for it.”
—Jimmy Kimmel

Lego Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca poop humor Leia, Han and Chewy
aka Boehner, Scalise and Cruz
(I love metaphors made out of Legos.)  

“Out of the…

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As campaign stunt, multimillionaire California Republican pretends to be homeless for a week

As campaign stunt, multimillionaire California Republican pretends to be homeless for a week

Um, OK.

California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari said Thursday he spent a week pretending to be homeless and he made a video to prove it.[…]

Throughout the week, Kashkari was filmed sleeping on the street, being turned away from jobs and dining at a local homeless shelter.

While I appreciate the sediment, as…

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House Republicans ready to try again on pointless border bill

House Republicans ready to try again on pointless border bill

Reps. Michele Bachmann and Steve King

The House has reconvened to consider the immigration bill approved by Sen. Ted Cruz and Reps. Michele Bachmann and Steve King. Because they’re now the GOP’s point people on immigration, apparently. Suck on that, Marco Rubio. With the approval of the whack-job caucus, you know there’s some ugly stuff in the two billsthey’ll be voting on tonight, one on appropriations, one on President Barack…

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Americans really hate their banks

Americans really hate their banks

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray answers questions at the Reuters Washington Summit in Washington, October 23, 2013.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTX14LOA Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray

If the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has done nothing else, it has demonstrated just how loathsome the too-big-to-fail banks are to Americans. (And it has done much else—just this year it has fined Bank of America $727 million for illegal credit card practices, fined mortgage companies for deceptive practices, and dinged a pay…

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Republican who crafted House border policy says our nation’s borders were established by God

Republican who crafted House border policy says our nation’s borders were established by God

Rep. Steve King (R-IA)Behind the scenes: Leadership went to King and Bachmann last night in HC-8 at the Capitol and took cues about how to move fwd, per King & MB
@costareports Bachmann: “It was 1st time I’ve seen ldrsp recognize, w/ respect & admiration, work that [King] did. Steve helped to completely gut [bill].”
@costareports

The results:

King said he was extremely pleased with the concessions he was able…

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