Hurst was elected Nov. 7 to represent District 12 in the New River Valley in the Virginia House of Delegates, and Ayala to represent District 51 in Northern Virginia. Politics should be about making a difference in people’s lives. Instead, it seems like politicians are deadlocked, squabbling and being influenced by special interests. Read more [...]

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With America AWOL and China ascendant, this is a critical time for Germany and the European Union to provide the world with vision, stability, and global leadership. And that imperative extends to Germany’s Christian Democrats and Social Democrats. Read more at Project Syndicate.

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The tax cut effort is an exercise in greed and arrogance. The nation faces a fiscal crisis (rising debt, large deficits, and major budget needs such as infrastructure), a social crisis (falling incomes for the bottom half), and a political crisis (a collapse of trust in public institutions). The public is against Donald Trump’s tax [...]

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Today we’re wading into the debate over the GOP tax cut plan. Who will it benefit the most? Some economists contend it’s an act of pure greed and “daylight robbery,” while others say trickle-down tax cuts can restore American prosperity.

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives recently passed a tax reform bill that includes major tax breaks for corporations. Supporters say the cuts will put more money in business coffers, leading to more jobs and higher wages. But what’s the truth? Do tax cuts for businesses really work like that in real life? Or are they demonstrations of selfish greed, pure and simple? A pair of leading thinkers on U.S. economic policy join us Monday to discuss the costs and benefits of corporate tax cuts.

Guests:

Jeffrey Sachs is a University Professor of economics and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He’s a senior advisor to the United Nations, and the author of many books, including Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable.

Brian Domitrovic is an associate professor in the Department of History at Sam Houston State University. He’s a columnist for Forbes magazine, and the co-author of the book JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity.

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Professor Jeffrey Sachs speaks at “Shaping the Sustainable Insurance Agenda in North America,” organized by UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI) and Munich Re, US, discussing the crucial role of insurance companies in taking climate action.

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Jeffrey Sachs on MSNBC’s Morning Joe:

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The world’s richest people are waging a war on poor people, a Columbia University economics professor has said. Jeffrey Sachs urged Republican senators not to support tax cuts or proposed changes to health care, which he warned were examples of “populism by the super rich.” Read the full article in the Independent.

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