Archive - 2014

October 2nd

Two ideas that could overcome gridlock

    Is the country condemned to another two years, at least, of gridlock?

    The world-weary take on the midterm elections is an indifferent shrug. Whether Democrats control the Senate or Republicans, nothing will be accomplished anyway, this apathetic argument goes.

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Behind the Chevron Case

    "I am the target of what is probably the most well-funded corporate retaliation campaign in U.S. history," Steven Donziger emailed me early Monday afternoon.

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Ending Life on Your Terms

    The low point of the Obamacare debate -- and there was much probing of the floor -- had to be the "death panel" charge. It was the creepiest in a volley of lies aimed at killing health care reform.

    What was the fuss about? A proposal to pay doctors for time spent talking to patients about the kind of care they wanted in their last days. Such conversations would be entirely voluntary.

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'I Do' Means You're Done

    In and around Rome, the talk is of Pope Francis' sage acceptance of the 21st century, of his empathy, of his departure from the stern moralizing on matters of the heart that his predecessors engaged in.

    In Montana, a gay couple who have been together for more than three decades have been told that they're no longer really welcome in the Catholic parish where they've been worshipping together for 11 years.

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Ocean tides have come to testify

    One of the most fascinating events I’ve ever experienced was a climate conference several years ago at the University of Texas.

    There I observed the constant struggle between science and the special interests that have but one task to achieve: seed doubt about the science.

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A Chance For Generation Unbound

    Imagine that all women in the Unites States, upon becoming sexually active, were automatically fitted with an intrauterine device or other form of long-acting birth control. This scenario sounds creepy, with its undertones of Big Brother and eugenics; framed this way, it would be neither a realistic nor desirable development.

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Democrats join Republicans in hock to wealthy

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Florida Goes Down the Drain

    On Miami Beach, rising sea levels have interesting consequences. The ocean periodically starts bubbling up through local drainpipes. By the time it's over, the concept of "going down to the water" has extended to stepping off the front porch.

    It's becoming a seasonal event, like swallows at Capistrano or the return of the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio.

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Forcing an Island of Peace to Host a Billion-Dollar Military Base

    Back in the spring, an Asian tragedy fleetingly made headlines when an overloaded ferryboat sank on its way to South Korea’s Jeju Island. Nearly 300 people aboard the Sewol ferry perished, mostly children.

    We’ve been hearing way less about the tragedy unfolding on the island that was supposed to be their destination.

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Goodell too compromised to clean up the NFL

   National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell's first public attempt to address the domestic abuse scandal involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice could be judged a success - but only by comparison to former President Richard Nixon's I-am-not-a-crook debacle or former Rep. Anthony Weiner's defense of selfies of his man parts.

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