Archive - 2014

July 18th

Worth More: One Man or an Entire City?

    A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, North Dakota, are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Michigan, are state capitals.

    About 100,000 people live in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic. The same goes for Burbank, California and Springfield, Ohio.

    Most of America’s cities of 100,000 now share one uncomfortable reality.

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Pro-business populism?

    Here's the thing to watch in this year's campaign: Democrats are trying to be populists and pro-business moderates at the same time.

     The tea party's success in transforming the Republican Party is making this two-step possible as conservatism's increasingly ferocious opposition to government creates points of friction with both business and middle-class constituencies.

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Suing Obamacare Is Washington's Summer Rerun

    On television, summer reruns are becoming a thing of the past. Noting a jump in demand for fresh entertainment in the hot months, TV execs are responding with original programming.

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The Get Obama show goes on

    It's beginning to seem like the longest running off-Broadway show, the Republican effort to end the Obama presidency prematurely. The latest act was staged the other day before the House Rules Committee.

    It was considering House Speaker John Boehner's proposal that the House of Representatives sue Obama for failing to do his job in fully implementing the Affordable Care Act, which the Grand Old Party has been trying to kill off ever since Congress enacted it in 2010.

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July 13th

Health-care realities vs. free-market fantasies

    Black helicopter watch can get lonely, even if there’s one always just over the horizon.

    Any day now, for instance, President Obama will assemble the death panels of his health-care designs, appointing the extraterrestrials we suspected he would, to a thousand cable-televised told-you-sos.

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Because We Are Not There Yet

    Once again I call attention to that intrepid group that gathered in Seneca Falls, New York, on a hot July day in 1848. Little did they know what a long difficult struggle it would be before the success of their mission in August of 1920: the vote for women.

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Passing Gas to the Consumer

    Gas prices at the pump during the July 4th extended weekend were the highest they have been in six years. This, of course, has little to do with supply-and-demand economics. It has everything to do with supply-and-gouge profits.

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Putin takes expensive trip down memory lane

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to spend billions of dollars on a bizarre trip into the Soviet past, restarting construction on the storied and ill-starred Baikal-Amur Mainline railroad. Sadly, Putin's nostalgia will come at great cost to the country's future.

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Violent crime is a plague we ignore

    Around 5 p.m. on the Fourth of July - the day we laud the unalienable rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" - as I was firing up the grill for the family cookout, James Oh, 76, and his wife, Soonai Oh, 66, were being robbed at gunpoint by two men at the Ohs' corner store near my home in Washington's Petworth neighborhood. James Oh died four days later from a blow to the head that he received during the robbery; his wife is recovering from her own blow to the head.

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Charging smartphones is easily forgotten

    Bad news. Horrible news. The Transportation Security Administration has come up with a new restriction: If you are flying back to the United States from overseas - especially Europe and the Middle East - you should not bring your phone unless it has enough power to turn on when you arrive stateside.

    Well, that's it for me. My phone never has enough power to turn on even when I am safely ensconced on this side of the Atlantic.

    It's a serious problem.

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