The view of Keynes that Republicans suddenly seem to like best. (UPI)
Its curious to hear Republicans suddenly talking about the urgent need for fiscal stimulus. For the past eight years, including the darkest days of the Great Recession, they tried to convince us that fiscal stimulus doesnt work, and that the only way to really boost economic growth is to cut the budget deficit. But now that they are about to get their hands on the federal checkbook, Republicans have decided that we are all Keynesians once again.
To anyone serious about economic analysis, it should
Karen Dunn is polite, precise and barely more than five feet tall -- but after Barack Obamas dreadful first debate against Mitt Romney in 2012, she got up in the face of the leader of the free world.
You need to punch him in the mouth! said Dunn.
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And Obama did delivering a powerful, campaign-stabilizing performance at Hofstra University on Long Island, the location of Mondays critical showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a debate that is likely to be the most watched political event in history.
Its not clear if Dunn and her partner Ron Klain the two most experienced debate prep specialists in Democratic politics are giving Hi
A great number of technology agreements are expected to be signed between Saudi Arabia and U.S. companies in the Silicon Valley during the visit of Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to California, according to several Saudi sources.
The meetings of the prince with U.S. technological, financial and business companies also carry an important message that Saudi Arabia is open to welcome solid and large investments.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman headed to western U.S. where he is expected to meet with a great number of companies in the Silicon Valley, California, following a week of extensive meetings in Washington.
The Crown Prince is expected to remain four days i
Former President Bill Clinton was involved in a heated exchange with Black Lives Matter protesters Thursday at a Hillary Clinton campaign event in Philadelphia, where he was forced to defend his record as president and his wifes past statements.
For almost 15 minutes Clinton sparred with protesters who objected to the 1994 criminal justice reform bill he signed into law as president that increased prison sentences for a number of gang-related offenses. Black Lives Matter activists claim the bill disproportionately hurt African-Americans.
A visibly agitated Clinton told the protesters that the bill helped crack down on gangs who were killing African-American children.
"I talked to a lot of African-American groups. They thought black lives mattered. They said take this bill because our kids are being shot in the street by gangs. We had 13-year-old kids planning their own funerals," Clinton said.
One protester yelled that black youth are not super predators a reference to a statement Hillary Clinton made as first lady. The former president shot back.
I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the streets to murder other African-American children, maybe you thought they were good citizens, Clinton said, his face turning increasingly red. She didnt.
You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter. Tell the truth. You are defending the people who cause young people to go out and take guns, Clinton yelled.
He also addressed claims by the protesters that the 1996 welfare reform bill increased poverty among African-Americans.
They say the welfare reform bill increased poverty then why did we have the largest drop in African American poverty in history when I was president? he asked rhetorically.
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For almost two weeks now, Donald Trump has been asserting that "thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey were celebrating the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, a senior adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Dan Scavino, said he was backing up Trump's claims by tweeting a video report by former WCBS-TV reporter Pablo Guzman describing celebrations in Jersey City, N.J., after the World Trade Center collapsed.
Scavinos tweets prompted Guzman to respond on Twitter.
Guzman said the video does not show anyone celebrating and he disputes Trump's claims. Guzmans report stems from investigators telling him that eight men who were found celebrating on the roof of a Jersey City apartment complex were detained in the aftermath of 9/11. Six of the eight, Guzman reported, lived in the building, which Guzman was told was "swarming with suspects." The report also mentions that authorities found a model of the Trade Center and binoculars on the roof.
Reached by phone Wednesday, the now-retired Guzman told ABC News his 9/11 news report came via Jersey City and Port Authority sources, all of whom told him it was "reports of at most a handful of people...mostly from the same building in Jersey City."
Guzman said all of these reports were "mostly anecdotal. People called into police and news. When you tried to follow up it wasn't quite like we were told -- it was a game of telephone."
Guzman said large celebrations by Muslims in the New Jersey area were not reported and it is a "stretch" for Trump to say thousands celebrated. He said there's no video or photo evidence of what Trump is claiming.
Trump told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday he "saw clips and so did many other people and many people saw it in person. I've had hundreds of phone calls to the Trump Organization saying 'We saw it. It was dancing in the streets.'"
Trump also referenced a report in the Washington Post of "tailgate style" celebrations after the attacks, a report the Washington Post now said was never proven.
"I saw it at the time. I stick by it," Trump said.
In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos in November, Trump said "There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey where you have large Arab populations. They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down -- as those buildings came down, and that tells you something. It was well covered at the time."
Trumps allegations have been refuted by other presidential candidates including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Speaking to reporters at a campaign stop in New Hampshire Monday, Christie condemned Trump, saying it didnt happen and the fact is, people can say anything, but the facts are the facts, and that didnt happen in New Jersey that day and hasnt happened since.
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