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Date

February 19th, 2015

Should Economic Policy Include a Senior Discount?

    We've seen senior discounts for buses. We've seen senior discounts at movie theaters. We've seen senior discounts in supermarkets.

    Most make some sense, helping businesses attract older customers at slow times when others are working. What makes no sense whatsoever is applying senior discounts to economic policy.

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​One Step Is Not Enough

    At least President Obama has broken the ice on Cuba, but let it not stop there. It is time to leave our bully role behind.

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Obama goes to Congress on the war

    After nearly 14 years of war in the Middle East, President Obama's pitch to Congress for authorization to continue it conforms with his own defined purpose -- eventually to end America's "perpetual war footing" that began under his predecessor, George W. Bush.

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Money Makes Crazy

    Monetary policy probably won't be a major issue in the 2016 campaign, but it should be. It is, after all, extremely important, and the Republican base and many leading politicians have strong views about the Federal Reserve and its conduct. And the eventual presidential nominee will surely have to endorse the party line.

    So it matters that the emerging Republican consensus on money is crazy - full-on conspiracy-theory crazy.

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Lessons from Germany on sharing worker-management power

    "The Gilded Age was not a golden age," says Tom Perez,the U.S. labor secretary. "America works best when employers and employees work together" - as they did not during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century and have not during the neo-Gilded Age we are stumbling through today.

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Does Virginia really want to join the sad choir of state songs?

    Quick. What's your state song?

    I know. It's okay.

    Nobody knows state songs.

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Demanding patients not to blame for high costs, study finds

    New research has found that patients make almost no unreasonable requests for medical treatment, undermining the tendency by doctors to blame higher health-care costs on the demands of those getting treatment.

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Currency war is pushed to brink of nuclear option

    Sweden has fired another salvo in the escalating currency wars by joining Denmark, Switzerland and the European Central Bank in introducing negative interest rates. As this battle intensifies, some market soothsayers are starting to whisper about capital controls as a possible nuclear option for central banks determined to win the race to the bottom of foreign-exchange rates.

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Coming under fire in a war zone is nothing for a reporter to brag about

    In hindsight, the tip-off that Brian Williams was making up that story about getting shot at over Iraq in 2003 was that he seemed to think it was something to brag about in the first place.

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Brian, we hardly knew ya

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