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December 14, 2014

Whether Torture Works Should Be Beside the Point

CIA Director John Brennan came out swinging against a central claim in the just-released Senate Intelligence Committee torture report -- particularly its dramatic conclusion that CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques were "not an effective means of obtaining accurate information or gaining detainee... continue

December 13, 2014

The Torture Report and Guantanamo

Innocent until proven guilty. It's a basic tenet of American law, international law and moral intuition. And with the presumption of innocence, a ban on pre-trial punishment follows. On Dec. 9, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a redacted summary of its report detailing the CIA's enhanced interrogation... continue

December 12, 2014

Why Grubergate Is Bad for the Academy

MIT economist and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber took a beating recently when he testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about his comments on the legislative history of the Affordable Care Act. "Are you stupid?" committee chair Darrell Issa said to start the hearing. Two... continue

December 07, 2014

Good News in Health Care Spending

There was more good news about health care spending last week -- although, as always, it's hard to know how good the news really is, or for how long it will last. On Dec. 3, actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their annual estimate of national health expenditures --... continue

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