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Marie Cocco
Marie Cocco

Marie Cocco is the outsider’s insider in Washington. Through her diligent reporting, robust writing—and plain common sense—Cocco’s columns translate...

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A Clunker, Not a Cadillac

Finally, a health care proposal George W. Bush could love. Sen. Max Baucus’ idea to tax “Cadillac” insurance plans has been pushed by Republicans for years.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Why We Fight the Tire War With China

We are warned it is dangerously protectionist to enforce existing trade laws against China’s cheap tire surge, but Obama is obligated to do so—and for good reason.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE


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The Other Public Options

Overlooked in the health care debate is the recently reconfirmed fact that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are working better than ever.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


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A 9/11 Debt Still Unpaid

Thousands of those who descended on lower Manhattan after the terrorist attack were not cops or firefighters, and didn’t have the safety nets those jobs provide.

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Our Wallets Get Emptier

It isn’t all in our heads. Americans are feeling the real effect of shrinking paychecks that can’t keep up with inflation.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Cheney Plays to His Crowd

Dick Cheney represents a significant number of conservatives who still believe that the United States can bomb, invade, occupy and torture its way to security.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Why We Must Stay in Afghanistan

A slim majority now says the Afghanistan war isn’t worth fighting. This is alarming, and inexplicable.

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 READ MORE


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Marie Cocco
Marie Cocco

Marie Cocco is the outsider’s insider in Washington.

Through her diligent reporting, robust writing—and plain common sense—Cocco’s columns translate the noisy arguments of politics so readers can hear clearly their impact on everyday life.

Cocco was among the first journalists to report the emergence of a business-backed movement to privatize Social Security, and to show how years of neglect and policy changes were eroding the private pension system. Her columns on health care, taxes, budgeting, the workplace and other national issues are written so people talk about them in the family room, not the political backroom.

She uses her strength and experience as a reporter to uncover hidden histories that illuminate the present. Stories that Cocco has broken include the secret detention and relocation of Italian-Americans during World War II and the federal government’s record as the nation’s most prolific polluter. Her 1990 series on the government’s pollution record, written with Newsday reporter Earl Lane, was honored by the National Press Club, the White House Correspondents’ Association and Sigma Delta Chi, the National Society of Professional Journalists.

Born in Malden, Mass., Cocco graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University, were she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and won the Peter S. Belfer prize in political science.

She earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, where she won the Robert E. Sherwood prize for studying and reporting on American issues.

Cocco began working as a reporter for the Daily Register of Monmouth County, New Jersey. She joined Newsday in 1980 as a local reporter, and soon advanced to the statehouse bureau in Albany. Since joining the paper’s Washington bureau as a reporter in 1986, she has covered economics, taxes, Capitol Hill and the White House. She covered the last four presidential campaigns, the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, the 2000 election deadlock and the transition of Hillary Rodham Clinton from first lady to senator. In 2002, her twice-a-week column was syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group. In 2005, she left Newsday to devote full-time to the column.

Her reporting and commentary on cultural and political topics have won prizes from the Associated Press, the Newswomen’s Club of New York, the New York Newspaper Guild, the New York State Publishers’ Association and the New York Press Club. She has been a guest commentator on CNN, the Fox Network, MSNBC, CNBC and C-SPAN as well as national radio shows.

Cocco lives in Virginia with her husband and two sons.

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