Daily Policy Digest

Postponing the Estate Tax

The federal estate tax -- often called the death tax -- is a tax on the transfer of a person's assets at death...

Federal Agencies Ignore Recommendations to Improve Efficiency, Fraud, Waste

The GAO warned the government in 1996 that domestic airlines could be targeted by terrorists without better passenger screening -- five years before the attacks of September 11, 2001...

Federal Child Care and Preschool Grants Come with Strings Attached

President Obama's latest effort to improve childcare and preschool programs through federal grant programs brings with it a new set of problems...

2014: Best Year on Record?

Since 1990, the extreme poverty rate has been cut in half...

Who Is Paying Federal Income Taxes?

The top 50 percent of taxpayers paid almost all of the nation's income taxes -- 96.7 percent...

The Effect of Broken Windows Policing in New York City

The Broken Windows theory is the idea that maintaining order reduces crime…...

Americans' Sense of Civic Duty Declining

A new poll from the Associated Press and research company GfK reveals that Americans' attitudes toward civic duties are changing...

How Many Americans Will Have to Pay the Individual Mandate Penalty?

This upcoming tax season will be the first time taxpayers will have to report to the IRS whether they had insurance this past year...

A New Way to Score Tax and Spending Bills

The Wall Street Journal reports that House Republicans are looking at changing the way that the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation score tax and spending bills...

Medicare Makes $22 Million in Improper, Eye-Related Payments

In 2012, Medicare paid $8.2 billion for eye-related insurance claims…...


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