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May 7th, 2015

Gingrich Is Right: Double Medical Research Budget

    Newt Gingrich recently recalled the bipartisan deal that doubled the budget for the National Institutes of Health -- with fondness. This was about 20 years ago, when Bill Clinton was president, and Republicans under Gingrich had just taken over Congress.

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Europe's Google Problem

    Have you heard the term Gafa yet? It hasn't caught on here in the United States - and I'm guessing it won't - but in France, it has become so common that the newspapers hardly need to spell out its meaning. Everyone there already knows what Gafa stands for: Google-Apple-Facebook-Amazon.

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Baltimore's Breach Between Police and Community

    The anger in Ferguson, Missouri -- even the violence  -- was more understandable and, in that sense, less upsetting, than what we have been witnessing in Baltimore this week, in the aftermath of yet another black man dying in police custody.

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A "rough ride" for Baltimore

    Some people protest police brutality in ways that only remind us of why we need police.

    That's how I feel about the Baltimore rioters who some news reports described as "protestors."

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Will Gray's death change anything for a desperately poor part of Baltimore?

    Abandoned. Abandoned. Abandoned. Occupied. Abandoned. Occupied (I think).

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How record spending will play out in 2016 election

    The role of money and politics in the 2016 presidential election is a conundrum.

    Humongous sums will be spent; the effect on the outcome could be minimal, but in time the flood of cash may produce Watergate-level money scandals.

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Europe stops pretending to like Greece's finance minister

    Most of us have been in a business or strategy meeting where the outcome turned on the personalities in the room, rather than the logic or merits of the subject under discussion. The latest twists in Greece's negotiations with its creditors suggest a similarly unhelpful dynamic is at work among euro area finance ministers. The solution might be to change the cast, rather than keep hoping the drama will have a happy ending.

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ECB's three unappealing choices for Greece

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Britain's strange silence on EU's future: Clive Crook

    The British election on May 7 is too interesting for the country's good. Neither the Conservatives nor Labour expect to win a majority of seats in Parliament. Everything will depend on deals struck after the vote -- an idea to which other countries are accustomed, but not Britain. Never have the election promises of the two big parties seemed so irrelevant.

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April 30th

Granny Get Your Gun

    The most famous woman on the planet has a confounding problem. She can't figure out how to campaign as a woman.

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