This weekend we have articles on LGBT progress, the fiscal benefits of immigration reform, how ratings agencies helped cause the 2008 financial crisis, whether NSA spying programs could have helped prevent 9/11, and how austerity has harmed economies in Europe. (More)

LGBT political victories

Love On the March – an interesting reflection on political progress the LGBT community have made over the past decades and on the work that remains to be done to achieve full equality.

Examining the CBO Cost Estimate of the Senate Immigration Bill – an evaluation of the Congressional Budget Office report finding that the Senate immigration reform legislation would reduce the deficit by $197 billion over the first decade and by $700 billion over the second decade.

The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis – newly disclosed documents show just how ratings agencies, such as Moody’s and Standard & Poor, were responsible for the 2008 financial crisis.

Fact Check: The NSA and September 11 – while supporters of the NSA metadata spying program suggest that it could have prevented the September 11, 2001 attacks, the reality is that we had the information needed to discover the terrorists through targeted investigations but failed to act on it.

How Austerity Has Failed – an esteemed economic journalist provides a detailed accounting of how austerity policies in Europe halted an economic recovery and returned European nations to economic stagnation.