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How the Banks Bamboozled Chicago (Chicago Sun Times)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Saqib Bhatti explains how banks broke their contracts with the city of Chicago, and how Mayor Emanuel should respond to get that money back.
- Roosevelt Take: Today, Bhatti releases a new report, “Dirty Deals: How Wall Street’s Predatory Deals Hurt Taxpayers and What We Can Do About It,” which examines this issue on a broader scale.
Good Data Make Better Cities (Boston Globe)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford and Stephen Goldsmith argue in favor of a revamping of data-sharing laws within government, so they protect without limiting collaboration.
Long-Term Unemployment a Sign of Slack, NY Fed Economists Say (WSJ)
The New York Federal Reserve is calling on policymakers to account for the long-term unemployed in their assessment of the economy, writes Pedro da Costa.
That Silence You Hear Is the Sound of Healthcare.gov Working Just Fine (TNR)
Jonathan Cohn says the disparate headlines about how Obamacare is working are all correct: in general, premiums are increasing slowly, but what that means for individual plans will vary.
Number of Homeless Children in America Surges to All-Time High: Report (HuffPo)
A new report calculates that nearly 2.5 million children were homeless at some point in 2013. Lack of affordable housing plays a major role, report David Crary and Lisa Leff.
How Badly Do Republicans Want Tax Reform? (Maybe Not That Badly) (TAP)
Paul Waldman says that if Republicans – or their campaign funders – really wanted tax reform, they’d start writing a proposal regardless of the president’s actions on other issues.
And Now the Richest .01 Percent (Robert Reich)
The richest .01 percent of the U.S. now hold a higher percentage of the country’s wealth than in 1929, and Robert Reich says they’ve used it to buy off American democracy.