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Heading for a high court showdown?

    Don't be so sure the Supreme Court is going to save Obamacare. Again.

    The question is enormously important: Are health care consumers entitled to subsidies if they buy coverage on insurance exchanges established by the federal government, as they are from state exchanges?

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The Fiscal Fizzle

    For much of the past five years readers of the political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most important issue facing America. Serious people constantly issued dire warnings that the United States risked turning into another Greece any day now. President Barack Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged fiscal crisis, and spent much of his first term trying to negotiate a Grand Bargain on the budget with Republicans.

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Did Dodd-Frank Work?

    Ralph Nader has written a new book, titled "Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State." If you spend any time looking into the current state of affairs with the Dodd-Frank Act - Monday was the fourth anniversary of the law enacted to ensure that the country never suffers through another financial crisis like the one in 2008 - you'd have to say that he has a point.

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We have an immediacy problem

    Those of us who walked this planet 45 years ago this week remember exactly what we were doing that day when man first landed on the moon.

    I was in the back seat of the family station wagon in my pin-striped jersey and navy-blue ball cap, headed to an American Legion baseball game.

  I heard the breathless details, “The Eagle has landed,” on the car radio. I was in front of the TV later when Neal Armstrong made history’s most significant foot print.

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A Local Fight for the Future of the Internet

    The business lobby often demands that government get out of the way of private corporations, so that competition can flourish and high-quality services can be efficiently delivered to as many consumers as possible. Yet, in an epic fight over telecommunications policy, the paradigm is now being flipped on its head, with corporate forces demanding the government squelch competition and halt the expansion of those high-quality services. Whether and how federal officials act may ultimately shape the future of America's information economy.

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French Food Goes Down

    Before my first visit to France, around 45 years ago, I was told that you couldn't find bad food there if you tried. I was of limited experience, so even a hot dog jammed into a baguette bore witness to that "fact."

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'Obama hates business' is an idiotic distraction. Also: It's wrong.

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The downside of giving weapons

    The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention.

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Will the Blabbermouths Wake Democrats Up?

    It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans' ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is threatened by blabbermouths of the right's seeking self-aggrandizement by hurling darts at the sleeping Democratic bear.

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5 things you need to know about the unexpected costs of climate change

    "Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," scientists proclaimed in the Obama administration's National Climate Assessment, released in May. It's touching every corner of the U.S., the report claims: We can't escape inland.

    Here are five things you need to know about the unexpected costs of climate change:

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