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May 26th, 2014

Triumphant Geithner omits cost of rescue success

    Tim Geithner's valuable career as a civil servant culminated in four high-powered years as Treasury secretary. His recent book about those experiences captures the traumas and tensions of the financial crisis.

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Is fear of failure holding back innovation in China?

    Considering that they've engineered one of the greatest economic success stories in human history, China's business and political leaders seem oddly preoccupied with failure.

    "We need a society which has enough patience to be able to withstand failures," says China's science and technology minister, Wan Gang.

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Abramson shows what a female editor is made of

    Monday morning, Jill Abramson kept a promise she'd made months ago to deliver the commencement address at Wake Forest University. She had every reason to cancel. She didn't.

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VA scandal offer Obama's critics yet more ammunition

    The developing furor over waiting times for military veterans needing critical care for war wounds and trauma is a particular political dilemma for President Obama. It comes in the midst of his central effort to shift the nation's agenda of fighting wars away from what he calls a "perpetual wartime footing."

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Scapegoats won't cure VA's ills

    Of all the scandals and pseudo-scandals of which President Barack Obama has been accused, the Department of Veterans Affairs debacle is the most damaging for at least three reasons:

    One, health care -- including VA health care -- was the signature issue of his election and re-election.

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Time to clean house at Veterans Affairs

    They call him "No Drama Obama" for a reason. Most of the time, it's Professor Obama who meets with us White House reporters: notorious for showing no emotion and taking so long to answer questions that, by the time he stops talking, everybody forgets what the question was in the first place.

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Crisis of the Eurocrats

    A century ago, Europe tore itself apart in what was, for a time, known as the Great War - four years of death and destruction on an unprecedented scale. Later, of course, the conflict was renamed World War I - because a quarter-century later Europe did it all over again.

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It's No Picnic in the Senate

    Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Time for summer fun! So let's discuss congressional gridlock.

    Really, what did you expect? If you want a barbecue, go light some charcoal.

    It's been awhile since we've talked about Congress. Do you remember when we used to complain all the time about how our legislators can't get things done? Now we can go for weeks - months! - without even wondering what the little devils are up to.

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Credit Suisse Gets Off Easy

    The sham continues.

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Read These Lips

    A kiss is nothing. On the sidewalks, in the park, I see one every few minutes, a real kiss, lip to lip. It barely registers. It's as unremarkable as a car horn in traffic, as an umbrella in rain.

    And yet a kiss is everything. A kiss can stop the world.

    The football player Michael Sam recently demonstrated as much. So did my experience last Sunday, in a Broadway theater, of all places.

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