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February 26th, 2015

Money to Burn

    Someday soon, will all our jobs involve keeping extraordinarily rich people entertained?

    These days, that prospect doesn’t seem all that far-fetched.

    “The rich,” as journalist Chanelle Tourish notes, “seem to be willing to pay almost any price for outstanding service and experiences.”

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Live From Darkest Arkansas

    Housebound in an ice storm, the columnist finds himself distracted by online trivia and tempted to yell at the TV:

    -- Washington Post headline: "Williams undone by his gift for story-telling / Anchor's love of a good yarn played a role in his downfall."

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King Coal Catches Black Lung

    What do the executives who run money-losing companies make? Millions of dollars if they’re coal overlords.

    Take Gregory Boyce. He’s pocketed more than $60 million over the past nine years while steering Peabody Energy into a ditch.

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It's hard to remain a reporter sitting in the anchor's chair

    There no doubt has been some unsympathetic chuckling from purveyors of print journalism -- the underpaid and unrecognized foot soldiers of the reporting trade -- at the fall from grace of Brian Williams, the "NBC Nightly News" anchorman. He has been suspended from the astronomically lucrative job of, as some would describe it, reading the news off a teleprompter.

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Honoring Our Presidents

    The headline that caught my attention on Presidents Day could not have been starker, colder: "Intense Republican Hate Is Skewing Obama Polls."

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GOP's new goal: A less-white party

    Republicans are starting to show some color again. The midterm election that swept Republicans into control of both houses of Congress also brought in the party's largest group of black lawmakers since Reconstruction: three.

    Hey, it's a start.

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Goosey as Ever

    Ready or not, the race is on — for president, I mean.

    Yes, Election Day is still nearly two years away, but the candidates are already on the loose. And they’re as goosey as ever.

    So far, the goosiest has been Mitt Romney.

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Forget the Stereotypes

    When an angry neighbor murdered three Muslim students in North Carolina, my Facebook feed lit up.

    Tragic, I thought, and I scrolled on.

    Then another post caught my eye. A Muslim friend cried out that the triple murder was a hate crime — and fumed that the news was reporting it as a “parking dispute.”

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A Gun on Every Corner

    Earlier this month - right between Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day - Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced a bill that would allow people from states with lax gun laws to carry their concealed weapons all around the country.

    The goal, Cornyn said in a news release, is to treat local gun permits "like drivers' licenses."

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Denmark's tragedy wasn't caused by liberalism

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