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February 19th, 2015

Companies need 50 shades of graying workers

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Brian Williams' fall: From storyteller to yarn spinner

    If anyone would be upset with Brian Williams, I figured that it would be Doug Sterner. The decorated Vietnam veteran has made a career out of tracking down heroes who deserve to be honored and exposing the "stolen valor" of phonies who don't.

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Brian Williams needs to step down

    Indecision may not be the best quality in a columnist, but in the case of NBC News anchor Brian Williams, that's what I find in myself: I doubt that the six-month suspension the network announced Tuesday night is enough, and I think he needs to step down.

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An Ode to Obamacare

    Let's sing the praises of Obamacare for a minute.

    Get back here! I said just for a minute. OK, it's not the tidiest law in history. You're probably still sulking because you wanted something simple and rational, like a single-payer plan. But it's here, and about 10 million people have health coverage who didn't have it before.

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A Corporate Apostate

    Business schools preach a strict, anti-social doctrine of corporate management that comes down to this: CEOs must be idiots.

    By that I mean the original Greek word idiotes, which applied to people who care only about themselves and the prosperity of their immediate family. They’re the ones who reject any responsibility to the larger society, civic affairs, and the common good.

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What Makes Rand Paul Strange

    Sen. Rand Paul believes that vaccinating children should be up to the parents, an increasingly unpopular view after recent outbreaks of measles, mumps and other diseases. And throwing a newt's eye of quack science into the vat, the Kentucky Republican promotes the myth that these shots put children at risk.

    The political results have been toil and trouble.

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What Is the Purpose of Society?

    The world of food and agriculture symbolizes most of what's gone wrong in the United States. But because food is plentiful for most people, and the damage that conventional agriculture does isn't readily evident to everyone, it's important that we look deeper, beyond food, to the structure that underlies most decisions: the political economy.

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To reach your goals, don't be such an optimist

    It's that time of year when New Year's resolutions begin to fade, and even the best-laid plans can become sidetracked as life gets busy. But as psychologists and behavioral economists have found reasons why it's so easy to let good intentions slide, they've also come up with tools to help.

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Republicans refute much of Obamacare, but not its morality

    In an interview with Ezra Klein at Vox.com, President Barack Obama briefly alluded to the "moral basis" of Obamacare:

    "[With] the Affordable Care Act, a lot of the attention's been on making sure that the uninsured have peace of mind, and people who currently have insurance but at some point might lose it or have pre-existing conditions are going to have it. That's obviously the moral basis for what we did."

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Patronizing at the prayer breakfast

    There is no doubt that President Obama's remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also -- let's face it -- glib, facile and patronizing.

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