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January 29th, 2015

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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Here come the 'class warfare' attacks on Obama

    Sen. Orrin Hatch is correct: Washington is engaged in class warfare and a battle over redistribution of income. The Utah Republican just has the details backwards.

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Don’t Give Up the Fight

    My social circle was shaken a few days into the new year with an upsetting blog post. A friend I will call Mary is seriously ill. The blogger requested loving messages to her to be sewn into a quilt.

    This bombshell began a flood of phone calls, emails, and Facebook posts.

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Comedian ventures where Obama won't on race

    President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union address turned out to be pretty much as previewed in a series of strategic spoilers doled out over the past few days: an interesting but doomed populist manifesto of tax cuts for the middle class, tax increases for those who collect much of their income from investments, paid sick leave and community college for all.

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'Class war' themes resurface in party rhetoric

    There's something eminently straightforward about President Obama's State of the Union proposal to raise taxes on the richest Americans and boost income for the middle class. Robin Hood had the same idea, and the Republican Party has endlessly declared it "class warfare."

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A tale of two policies

    This is a tale of two policies promoted by President Obama: one to make community college free, the other to provide for paid sick leave and parental leave. Both are well-intentioned efforts to address fundamental, economic-based inequities. Only one -- the leave policy -- should be adopted.

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