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April 24th, 2014

Better Care Can Also Cost Less

    Almost everyone has known or will know the helplessness of caring for -- or overseeing the care of -- a sick loved one. That such situations are often mired in chaos raises the anxiety level for both the patient and others trying to do the right thing.

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Congratulations! A New Conspiracy Is Born

    With the happy news that Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky expect their first child later this year, the Clinton family can anticipate warm good wishes from most Americans -- and a less uplifting response from all of the usual suspects.

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It's All About May 25

    The word "maidan" means "square" in Ukrainian and in Arabic. And the "Independence Maidan" of Kiev, like the "Tahrir Maidan" of Cairo, has been the scene of an awe-inspiring burst of democratic aspirations.

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Waiter, Am I Subsidizing Your Pay?

    Late April doesn’t just bring flocks of tourists to Washington. It’s when hundreds of members of the National Restaurant Association — a.k.a. the “other NRA” — swarm Capitol Hill for two intensive days of lobbying.

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Where Macondo came alive

    Years before I met him, Gabriel Garcia Marquez changed my life.

    "One Hundred Years of Solitude" gave me a new way of looking at the world. The label "magical realism" does not begin to capture the poetry of Garcia Marquez's imagination or the evocative power of his prose. Reading his masterpiece was like stepping through a portal into a Technicolor reality where the streets are paved with metaphor and the air is fragrant with dreams.

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Bundy Standoff Is A Fox News Costume Drama

    One thing about that mangy posse of anti-government crackpots camped out at Cliven Bundy's place in the Nevada desert: most don't know a thing about cattle ranching.

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Gay marriage partisans should speak out but avoid witch hunts

    Is it fair to pressure companies into firing top officials because you don't agree with their political views? Since when, I am asking, is fairness a defining business value?

    I raise this question because so many notable conservatives, ranging in intelligence from the thoughtful to the semi-deranged, have been complaining of "McCarthyism" (Andrew Sullivan) and "liberal fascist bullies" (Rush Limbaugh) over the forced resignation of Mozilla's CEO Brendan Eich.

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Meet Me At The Fair

    Let's talk future.

    This week is the golden anniversary of the opening of the 1964 New York World's Fair, when visitors flocked to Queens to see exhibits that included a guy flying around with his jet pack, Michelangelo's "Pieta," the brand-new Ford Mustang and Walt Disney's animated figurines singing "It's a Small World (After All)."

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Moldovia, The Next Ukraine

    If there were an Olympic competition for bravest country in the world, the gold medal might well go to Moldova. Wobbly politicians from Europe and America should come here to get spinal transplants.

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Paper tiger in the Oval Office?

    Sen. John McCain, who endlessly enjoys twisting the tail of what he suggests is a paper tiger in the White House, has altered the old Teddy Roosevelt axiom. He accuses President Obama of talking tough but carrying a big "twig."

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