It was the most important money vote in the Illinois General Assembly in recent memory. The $160 billion bill would rescue the public-employee retirement system and help restore fiscal stability to the U.S. state with the lowest credit rating.
Social theorists, above all Duke University’s Timur Kuran, have drawn attention to the phenomenon of “preference falsification.” The basic idea is that when people speak in public, they aren’t always truthful about their preferences. What they say is different from what they really think.
President Barack Obama’s political and policy priorities are dovetailing this week as he helps raise cash for Democratic congressional candidates and tries to rouse interest from uninsured Americans in signing up for coverage under his health-care law.
After two decades of battles by public health advocates, the artery clogging trans fats common in cookies, frozen pizzas and other processed foods have been deemed unsafe by U.S. regulators, opening the door to a ban.