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2 Numbers That Show How Screwed Chicago’s Pension Plans Are

Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad-City Times/ZUMA Press/NewscomYou don’t need to be an expert in the dense, convoluted math unpinning public pension systems to understand why this is bad news. During 2015, the two pension plans for Chicago city employees paid out $999 million in retirement benefits to 29,286 retirees. During that same year, the two funds generated […]

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Trump Considering TSA Budget Cuts, Higher Fees on Airline Passengers to Help Pay for Border Wall

Trump Considering TSA Budget Cuts, Higher Fees on Airline Passengers to Help Pay for Border Wall

As the Trump Administration prepares its first federal budget, the White House reportedly is considering cuts to the Transportation Security Administration to help pay for the construction of the border wall with Mexico—and making airline passengers pay higher “security fees” to make up part of the difference. Citing preliminary budget documents, Politico reports that the […]

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At CPAC, Trump’s Big Government Cult of Personality Body-Snatches Conservative Activists

Olivier Douliery/dpa/picture-alliance/NewscomA year ago, hundreds of conservative activists planned to protest Donald Trump’s appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference by staging a walk-out in the middle of his speech. This year, when Trump addressed CPAC, the crowd got to its feet for a different reason. They were giving a standing ovation. Trump didn’t let […]

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CPAC: Fiorina Offers a Welcome Counterpoint to Trump’s View of Small Government Conservatism

It says a lot about the Republican Party that when their voters went looking for a political outsider presidential candidate, they picked Donald Trump over Carly Fiorina. Fiorina, the former head of software company HP who briefly sought the presidency last year (and even more briefly ran, weirdly, as Ted Cruz’ vice presidential nominee during […]

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