Archive - 2014

November 27th

Obama must secure authorization for force in Middle East

    Before President Obama does anything else in the lame-duck Congress or the new one in January, he needs forthrightly to seek an update or new authorization for the new war he's fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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Jonathan Gruber should rethink his notion of 'stupidity'

    Was Obamacare sold on a pack of lies or just political spin? Questions like that have turned Jonathan Gruber, who helped to create President Barack Obama's health care plan, into a possible threat to its survival.

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Do Politicians Love Kids?

    We Americans love children.

    Indeed, we love them so much that, on average, child care workers earn almost as much per hour ($10.33) as workers who care for animals ($10.82), according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Chief Tax-Dodging Officers

    Republican and Democratic leaders don’t often see eye to eye on taxes.

    But surprisingly, corporate tax reform looks like one area where there might actually be some potential for bipartisan action in Washington. This should be good news, since our corporate tax system is clearly hopelessly broken.

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Cashing In on the ISIS Crisis

    Maybe you think the U.S. air war on the Islamic State is a fine plan. Maybe you don’t. Either way, have you considered how little Washington’s latest military foray in the Middle East has to do with America’s welfare?

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Big Data Doesn't Apply To Man's Best Friend

    As I write, the love of my life is off to the state penitentiary. I expect her back at the farm in late afternoon. She's a volunteer with Paws in Prison, an organization that matches homeless dogs with inmate trainers.

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A slippery slope on immigration

    Every Democrat should be nervous about President Obama's plan for unilateral action on immigration reform.

    Not because of the impact on an already gridlocked Congress, or because it risks inflaming an increasingly hostile public. Democrats should be nervous about the implications for presidential power, and the ability of a future Republican president to act on his or her own.

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From Profits to Politics

    Just two years ago, during his first term at the helm of Colorado, John Hickenlooper did a quick mental survey of his fellow governors and realized something that he found surprising.

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Did Dubai Do It?

    Ever since the Arab awakening in late 2010, America has lurched from one policy response to another. We tried decapitation without invasion in Libya; it failed. We tried abdication in Syria; it failed. We tried democratization in Egypt, endorsing the election of the Muslim Brotherhood; it failed. We tried invasion, occupation, abdication and now re-intervention in Iraq and, although the jury is still out, only a fool would be optimistic.

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Your boss lost an election, you lost a job - but Tom Manatos is here to save the day

    "Are you THE Tom Manatos?" It's a question he gets often. He's famous, among a select few.

    This time, it was 2009 at the Kenwood Animal Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Manatos was there to pick up his mother's beagle, Champ, who was being released after staying overnight to have a cyst removed. When Manatos handed the receptionist his credit card, the young woman behind the desk gasped.

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