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Paycheck Withholding Taxes Could Climb 50 Percent for Some

Mike O'Toole of the American Payroll Association has a dire warning for the more than 100 million Americans who bring home a paycheck from which taxes are withheld: The amount of tax withheld from paychecks could soar starting January 1. It all depends on what happens with the "Bush" tax cuts that expire at the end of this year, as well as with tax credits that were granted as part of economic stimulus.

Whatever Happened to Walking to School?

School Reform News Managing Editor Ben Boychuk interviews Lenore Skenazy, author of "Free-Range Kids," about the hazards of overprotecting children.

Anne Sorock: The Tea Party Response to the passage of Obamacare

Anne Sorock of the Sam Adams Alliance talks with Ben Domenech about her research into the Tea Party movement and the response to the passage of Obamacare.

The Parent Trigger

School Reform News Managing Editor Ben Boychuk interviews Lydia Grant, the first parent in California attempting to use a new law that would require local school officials to close, convert or turn around a failing school if more than 50 percent of parents submit a petition.

Interview with Dr. Marina Adshade

This week's FIRE News podcast is all about sexonomics. Dr. Marina Adshade, an economics professor at Dalhousie University, talks about her work looking at the economics of love and sex, which encompasses analysis of marriage, promiscuity, polygamy, and the cheapest night of the week to hire a prostitute.

Simon Hakim: Market Forces, Budget Stresses Driving Police Privatization

A strong move is afoot to put many services traditionally done by police departments in the hands of private security firms, says Economics Professor Simon Hakim of Temple University. Government budget stresses, lower rates of violent crime, and growing rates of complex crimes such as identify theft and cybercrime are all playing a role in the shift to private security, he says.
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