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The Rise of the Non-Working Rich
In a new Pew poll, more than three quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything." In reality, most of America's poor work hard, often in two or more jobs. The real non-workers are the wealthy who inherit

The Cost of War
The cost of war is great, and it is far more than the hundreds of billions of dollars we spend on planes, tanks, missiles and guns. The cost of war is more than 6,800 service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cost of war is caring for the spouses and children who have to rebuild th

New Data Show Faster Job Growth in States With Higher Minimum Wage
New data show that the 13 states that raised the minimum wage this year are adding jobs at a faster pacethan those that did not. State-by-state hiring data released Friday by the Labor Department reveal that in the 13 states that boosted minimum wages at the beginning of this year, the number of jo

Bottlenecks in Training Doctors
The new head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sloan Gibson,told a Senate committee last week that he needed $17.6 billion over the next three years to hire some 1,500 doctors, 8,500 nurses and other clinicians to reduce the unconscionably long waiting times that many veterans now endure before

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