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Will Marshall argues in The Wall Street Journal that President Obama should broaden his focus from tax fairness to pro-growth tax reform. Marshall explained why Obama and the Democrats should show some flexibility now and set the stage for a more comprehensive tax overhaul in 2013. [http://on.wsj.com/ZhdNVm]

Marshall recently spoke with John Avlon from The Daily Beast on whether the Democrats will step up and put real entitlement reform on the table and joined tax and budget leaders at the Fixing the Debt conference in Washington, DC.  [http://thebea.st/UT6rRI] [http://bit.ly/U1U3NP]

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Diana Carew explains why looming cuts to university funding coming out of Congress will hit college students, already under economic stress, harder than faculty. Colleges and universities should work harder to distribute future austerity more evenly, but Congress should also focus less on discretionary spending cuts and more on what's really driving the deficit - entitlements. [http://bit.ly/ZQIEqG]

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In a Letter to the Editor of The New York Times, Jason Gold argues that the Times’ editorial gets it wrong and the Obama administration should act now on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. [http://nyti.ms/RIg6x2]

Gold writes in U.S. News and World Report that the fiscal cliff debate shouldn't scare homeowners. However, Gold explains that many of the tax breaks homeowners enjoy are likely to be on the table during the large-scale reform of America's tax system in 2013. [http://bit.ly/TAmWR8]

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The Atlantic and the National Journal cites Michael Mandel's recommendation that the United States should ease regulation on fledging industries in order to encourage growth, experimentation and expansion. [http://bit.ly/YwPUZF] [http://bit.ly/Vtce0q]

A recent Washington Times commentary praises Michael Mandel's proposal to create a Regulatory Improvement Commission. [http://bit.ly/WoGxpH]

Mandel's work on regulation was also picked up by The Daily Beast, China Daily, La Repubblica, El Nuevo Diario and Economia.

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PPI Senior Fellow Paul Weinstein appeared on C-SPAN to discuss the role that the recommendations of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility & Reform (also known as the “Simpson-Bowles Commission”) are playing in the ongoing negotiations on averting the “fiscal cliff.” [http://cs.pn/YkxhIa]


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