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January 29th, 2015

Much Too Responsible

    The United States and Europe have a lot in common. Both are multicultural and democratic; both are immensely wealthy; both possess currencies with global reach. Both, unfortunately, experienced giant housing and credit bubbles between 2000 and 2007, and suffered painful slumps when the bubbles burst.

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Google Glass Joins the Failure Hall of Fame

    Google Glass has entered the annals of spectacular product failures. Many bright ideas have foundered on the shoals of consumer rejection. The Product Failure Hall of Fame is too small to contain them all. But a few fall from such enormous heights of hype and hope that they deserve special recognition as awesome.

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Where the Road Meets the Walrus

    Let's raise the gas tax.

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The Money Primary

    Will she or won't she? She will. And by the time she does, she will have raised more money than any primary contender in history. Just a guess.

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Reagan, Obama and Inequality

    Since the end of the 1970s, something has gone profoundly wrong in America.

    Inequality has soared. Educational progress slowed. Incarceration rates quintupled. Family breakdown accelerated. Median household income stagnated.

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Obama's pitch on tax reform is a missed opportunity

    Many of the tax proposals in the White House plan released this week make good sense -- and you don't need to be a liberal to think so. President Barack Obama could easily have pitched them in a way that appealed to fiscal conservatives. He pitched them, instead, in a way that can only have been calculated to offend the opposition.

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Obama Tips His Hat to FDR

    Whatever happens over the next two years, you can bet that 22nd century school children will know more about President Barack Obama than kids learn today about, say, Calvin Coolidge. He made history just by being the first non-white man to occupy the White House.

    What else will tomorrow’s kids learn about Obama?

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Love Questionnaire Is More Humor Than Science

    For a guy who watches maybe 250 ballgames a year, I've always taken an interest in what was once called the women's page. After studying the sports section every morning, it's the next thing I turn to.

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Inequality Is Costing Us Big-Time

    Have you ever wondered what inequality costs the average American family?

    That is, what price do we pay — in actual dollars and cents — for tolerating an economy fixated on pumping our treasure to the top?

    That question has no simple answer.

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How speech rights went wrong in France

    For some Americans, France can seem like a trip back in time, not always in a good way.

    "In terms of racial progress," writes Joel Dreyfuss in The Root, "France looks more like the U.S. in the 1950s -- minus enforced segregation -- than America today."

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