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The federal debt debate: Boomers vs. millennials

March 11th, 2015 in 2015, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Laurence Kotlikoff, Newsmakers, Politico.com 0 comments

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Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

Economist Laurence Kotlikoff told the Senate Budget Committee last month that the U.S. government is flat broke…

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“I agree, taken by itself, it may be unfair. But it’s not a matter of my opinion as to whether it is unfair or not. Everyone should be informed about everything that is in the law. Once they pay their taxes, they should take advantage of what they can get. It should not be that we get to fairness by not telling people.”

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Did the Gary Hart Scandal Really Ruin Politics?

October 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Politico.com, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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By Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

First, there was the decorated war hero, Cabinet secretary, all-round economic genius and husband whose presidential aspirations collided with a published report that he was paying off a married woman to keep silent about their torrid affair…

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Both parties keep cherry picking CBO report

February 8th, 2014 in 2014, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, Politico.com, School of Medicine, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Austin Frakt, School of Medicine, School of Public Health

Know what you get when you dump a complicated Congressional Budget Office report in politicians’ laps that mentions “Obamacare” and “jobs”? Food fights. Wild, sloppy charges that don’t capture what the report actually said. And cherry picking. Lots and lots of cherry picking.

Expert quote:

“What bothers me in the debate is that people are just cherry picking what they want to use.”

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The Big Bang Theory

January 3rd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Laurence Kotlikoff, Newsmakers, Politico.com 0 comments

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Laurence Kotlikoff, College of Arts & Sciences

When it comes to the economy, hope tends to spring eternal at the start of the New Year…

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Our economy, like many of us, is fickle…

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Pakistan’s Man in Washington

November 18th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Husain Haqqani, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Politico.com 0 comments

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By Husain Haqqani, College of Arts & Sciences

Since my days as a student at Karachi University, I have found the anti-American narrative prevalent all around me in Pakistan difficult to believe…

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Tax breaks could soften blow of JPMorgan deal

October 22nd, 2013 in 2013, Alan Feld, Newsmakers, Politico.com, School of Law 0 comments

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Alan Feld, School of Law

JPMorgan Chase has struck a tentative deal with the Justice Department to pay a record $13 billion over dodgy mortgage products — but the biggest U.S. bank may be able to slash that bill by paying Uncle Sam less in taxes…

Expert quote:

“These are big numbers. I’m not sure that I as a taxpayer am so happy about helping JPMorgan to pay.”

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Shutdown’s science fallout could last for years

October 18th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Newsmakers, Philip Wolf, Politico.com, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Philip Wolf, School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease Center

The government may finally be on a path to reopening, but the shutdown’s effects will linger for scientists studying everything from climate change to cancer…

Expert quote:

“This has created a significant hardship since these subjects include participants who are least likely to attend and the most difficult to encourage since they are typically elderly and less well.”

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Yellen would take over a Fed that’s light on public dissent

October 10th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, Politico.com, School of Law 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

Washington has had plenty of time to chew over Janet Yellen’s nomination to lead the Federal Reserve but a key question remains: would she change the way the central bank oversees Wall Street?…

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“I don’t think they would be harmed by having opposing points of view aired fully. It kind of makes sense because [they] are focused intensely now on the regulatory apparatus, so I think it would be good for them to have to show their cards on particular regulations.”

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The tradeoff: The individual mandate

October 1st, 2013 in 2013, Austin Frakt, Newsmakers, Politico.com, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Austin Frakt, School of Public Health

So you want that pre-existing condition coverage?…

Expert quote:

“The cultural climate is very different in other states. I don’t think the individual mandate is going to be strong enough to overcome the cultural resistance in some of the states.”

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Summers nomination fear: Market jitters – Has the economy already peaked? – Democrats blur line on tax policy

July 26th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, Politico.com, School of Law 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

Expert quote:

“Larry Summers or Janet Yellen as the next Fed chief.  Let’s see, we have Summers bullying Brooksley Born (1998), repealing Glass Steagall (1999), alienating the women of Harvard (2005), and designing Dodd-Frank (2009).  Do we really want a person of uncanny bad judgment as Fed chairman?  Vice Chairman Yellen has the chops without the baggage.”

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