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Megan McArdle
Megan McArdle is a Bloomberg View columnist who writes on economics, business and public policy. She is the author of "The Up Side of Down." McArdle previously wrote for Newsweek-the Daily Beast, the Atlantic and the Economist. She founded the blog "Asymmetrical Information." She has a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She lives in Washington.
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When Deadbeat Dads Can't Catch a Break

When you look at the havoc child-support policies wreak on the lives of poor people, it’s obvious there’s something very wrong. And yet when you try to come up with a solution, you start to see how we got here in the first place. Read more

Lilly Pulitzer Turns Target Inside Out

What’s all wrong with the Target-Lilly Pulitzer partnership is the people who mobbed the stores and crashed a website in a desperate attempt to get their hands on some cut-rate clothes. Read more

Lower Health Costs Won't Cure All

Slowing health-care costs isn't necessarily great news -- it might be great for the bean counters but not so great for us fragile humans who would like to live longer, healthier lives. Read more

Why Would Anyone Follow Detroit's Pension Plan?

What kind of numerically illiterate pension trustees would issue 'bonus checks' every time investment returns exceeded the target rate? The kind who oversee funds in San Diego, Philadelphia, Illinois and a host of other places. Read more

Obamacare's Tax Day Mystery

Anyone who confidently predicts what is going to happen next with Obamacare enrollment is likely to confidently make a fool of themselves. Read more

Hillary Clinton Isn't Inevitable

I am bearish on Hillary Clinton. Not 'she can't win' bearish, but 'something less than a 50 percent chance of winning' bearish. Why is everyone else convinced she's a lock? Read more

The Reagan Tax Debate Is a Distraction

If we had made a deal with the rich to raise taxes on the bottom while lowering them at the top, in exchange for a promise to pay for Social Security later ... well, the figures say that we reneged on that deal long ago. Read more