Archive - 2014

October 23rd

America’s Grand Fortunes Go Overboard

    Imagine yourself part of the typical American family. Your household would have, the Federal Reserve reported in September, a net worth of $81,200.

    That’s not a whole lot of money. But half of America’s households would actually have less wealth than you do.

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Scarier Than Ebola

    We Americans do panic really well.

    We could use a few pointers on prudence.

    Do me a favor. Turn away from the ceaseless media coverage of Ebola in Texas - the interviews with the Dallas nurse's neighbors, the hand-wringing over her pooch, the instructions on protective medical gear - and answer this: Have you had your flu shot? Are you planning on one?

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No shock and no awe

    It's not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can only be seen as failing.

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Castrating Conservative Principles in Iowa

    There exists a government boondoggle that offends conservatives, liberals, environmentalists, oil refiners, cattle ranchers and taxpayers alike. It's not easy to get that kind of Kumbaya going, but the corn-based ethanol program has done it.

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A Pump War?

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Three reasons immigration reform is still dead

    Would a Republican takeover of the Senate improve the prospects that an immigration bill will get to President Barack Obama's desk? That theory is making the rounds - and some of the people who oppose the dominant approach to immigration reform are starting to worry about it.

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Reason to re-celebrate sanctity of marriage

    They warned us.

    The picture in the paper showed two 60-something women, embracing and kissing, having just been pronounced spouse and spouse.

    As I looked at the photo, I felt it: a rumbling, crumbling sound. Earth tremor? Landslide? The arrival of unwanted company?

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Maryland voters don't know who to trust

    Miles of farmland, rolling hills and clipped lawns across the state of Maryland, and there's one crop that seems a little sickly this year: the gubernatorial lawn sign.

    "Ugh. I just don't know. I can't really decide on anyone I want to vote for," said the woman doing her early morning grocery shopping in Edgewater over the weekend, just three weeks from Election Day.

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Bowing to Putin's power

    To grasp how Vladimir Putin is progressing in his campaign to overturn the post-Cold War order in Europe, it's worth looking beyond eastern Ukraine, where the Kremlin is busy consolidating a breakaway puppet state. After all, Ukraine, as President Obama likes to point out, is not a member of NATO - which has extended Western security and democratic governance to a dozen nations that had been dominated by Soviet dictatorship.

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Anonymous donors flood midterm voters in dark money

    Crossroads GPS has assailed Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for shortchanging Colorado residents with his votes on health insurance; Patriot Majority USA has gone after the Republican Senate candidate in Arkansas, Tom Cotton, for being a supposed shill of the insurance industry and opposing a farm bill.

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