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What the economy needs is a massive program of investment in public infrastructure to provide jobs and domestic growth that is relatively insulated from global trends. Such a program could also accelerate an overdue transition to a greener economy. That would require on the order of about half a trillion in outlays a year, some of it financed by higher taxes on the rich and some of it financed by debt. Try to find a mainstream politician calling for that level of public outlay. Look around you at the appalling state of basic public infrastructure. In New York, the a new subway line is literally taking decades because only a little money is available each year. Our coastal water and sewer systems are sitting ducks for the next surge of sea level rise. Basic roads, bridges, tunnels and electrical systems have deferred maintenance bills stretching into the trillions. Our internet access systems are technically behind those of most of Europe and some in the Third World -- and far more costly to consumers. And don't get me started on Amtrak.
Hear the story of a successful American singer-songwriter, who grew up in a religious home that he had to break radically with. Meet Joshua Tillman who became Father John Misty, and who has made roleplaying the axis of his captivating songs.
Ted Cruz plays chess -- even when he's playing chess. The GOP's leading strategist, who has led his party to the brink of a shutdown in an attempt to defund Obamacare, tweeted out an image of a chess board earlier this week, telling Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that it was his move.
The chairman of Barilla Group, the world's largest pasta company, has issued a semi-apology after saying he refuses to feature gay families in advertisements for his products because he prefers a "traditional" family.
Former President Bill Clinton and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates met up at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, and they couldn't resist having a little Twitter fun.
"This goes back to Reagan's 'welfare queen' [statements] … those kinds of things I'd hoped were behind us," he said. Both
The vice president has been continually praised by LGBT rights advocates for speaking out in favor of marriage equality ahead
The idea of retiring at age 65 is no longer a reality to many Americans, with many anticipating that they will have to work