Vladimir Putin: No doubt it’s an oversimplification to say that the confrontation in Ukraine is all about shoring up an authoritarian regime that is stumbling on other fronts. But there’s surely some truth to that story.

Ukraine confrontation raises some scary prospects

Libertarian author and philosopher Ayn Rand in Manhattan in 1957. Photograph: New York Times/Getty Images

Is libertarian economics at all realistic?The answer is no

Republican leaders such as Mitch McConnell tried to help their friends with the Orwellian claim that resolution authority was actually a gift to Wall Street. But Wall Street knew better. Photograph: Getty Images

Creation of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should not have been controversial

Does this mean President Barack Obama is wrong to describe companies engaging in inversion as “corporate deserters”?  Photograph: Reuters

The US federal government still gets one-tenth of its revenue from corporate profits taxation

US President Barack Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged crisis, and spent much of his first term trying to negotiate a Grand Bargain on the budget with Republicans. Photograph: Bloomberg

It’s hard to escape the feeling that debt panic served a political purpose

“The Affordable Care Act has faced nonstop attacks from partisans and right-wing media, with mainstream news also tending to harp on the act’s troubles.” Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

Opinion: predictions continue to be doom-laden despite the evidence

On the eve of the Great Recession, many conservative pundits and commentators had a world view that combined faith in free markets with disdain for government. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Conservative delusions about inflation hint at a much larger rejection of fact-based thinking

Ronald Reagan was told by a group of economic advisers that a cut in income tax rates would raise tax revenue

The experience of Kansas is just the latest evidence that Reagan’s trickle-down economics is a fantasy

Former US treasury secretary Henry Paulson called for a national tax on carbon emissions to encourage conservation. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

In policy terms, climate action would probably look like health reform

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