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September 25th, 2014

Taxing the #RichKids

    It doesn’t take long for viewers of #RichKids of Beverly Hills to realize the show is deliberately trying to make you feel poor.

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Sex Is the Least of It

    Let us all contemplate the fact that Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina is running for re-election unopposed.

    Sanford was, of course, the governor who sneaked off to Argentina for an assignation while his befuddled aides claimed he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

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Hillary and the Iowa steak fry

    Democrats from around the country, and political chroniclers as well, again flocked to Iowa last weekend for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry, a traditional event for raising cholesterol levels and presidential ambitions.

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Candidate Clinton then and now

    The headline out of Hillary Clinton's visit to Iowa was her flagrant flirtation with the prospect of another presidential campaign. The more interesting part was the shortest of sneak previews of the race she seems increasingly certain to run.

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California Adds Steam to the Bag-Banning Movement

    California is on the verge of becoming the first state to ban plastic grocery bags. Governor Jerry Brown says he intends to sign the bag-banning law California lawmakers approved in early September. The ban will go into effect at grocery stores and pharmacies next year and extend to liquor stores and additional kinds of retailers in 2016.

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A Simpler Solution to Climate Change

    Even if climate science is complicated, author Naomi Klein wants you to know that finding a solution to global warming is easy.

    In her powerful new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, the Canadian globalization expert drills through the noisy climate debate and finds that humanity has no choice but to ditch its fossil fuel-driven global economy for a local model powered by renewable energy.

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Yes, it's a tax — and hooray for that

    I’ll never forget Sen. Phil Gramm, the staunch fiscal hawk and self-proclaimed budget-balancer, telling me how it was just fine for the Reagan administration to enact the nation’s largest peacetime military buildup without raising taxes to pay for it.

      Borrowing, he said, was the American way. “You do it for your house, don’t you?”

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Take a Deep Breath

    An existential struggle is taking place in the Arab world today. But is it ours or is it theirs? Before we step up military action in Iraq and Syria, that's the question that needs answering.

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Shareholders' Quest for More Transparency

    If you own a share of a company, how much information about the company are you entitled to? That is the question embedded in the debate over a proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule that would force publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending to their shareholders.

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How Not to Get Your Country Back

    The tea party mantra, "I want my country back," resonates with many. The racial undertones can be ugly (as well as pointless). But the longing for an economically secure America centered on a strong middle class is on point and widely shared.

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