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March 5th, 2014

Get ready for Big Data to take the wheel

    The development of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s made the car the preferred individual mode of ground transportation. This upended residential patterns, creating suburbs and exurbs, and relegated rail to the background.

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How Arizona's anti-gay bill will hurt the religious

    Social and religious conservatives should have been the first to oppose the Arizona Legislature's effort to allow businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds.

    Partisans of the religious right apparently don't feel this way, but here's why they should: Pushing "conscience exemptions" beyond reasonable limits threatens a long-standing American habit of having government go out of its way to accommodate the commitments of religious people.

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Hurray for GOP Tax Plan

    A Republican leader is doing something right ... and good. He is Rep. David Camp of Michigan. Camp has issued a detailed plan for simplifying the tax code. That's his duty as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax law.

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Life as a black student at a Philadelphia prep school

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No Big Deal

    Everyone knows that the Obama administration's domestic economic agenda is stalled in the face of scorched-earth opposition from Republicans. And that's a bad thing: The U.S. economy would be in much better shape if Obama administration proposals like the American Jobs Act had become law.

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Virginia politicians should back off 'hosts'

    "It's like 'Alien Invasion'! " exclaimed a Virginia mom with a 10-month-old baby on her hip.

    Totally.

    She has been invaded three times. I've been occupied twice.

    Pregnant women are mere hosts in the eyes of abortion rights supporters, according to Virginia state Sen. Stephen Martin, R-Chesterfield, who offered that description in a sarcastic Facebook post last week.

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A credit to the tax code

    Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much these days, but if there's any point on which they should still see eye to eye it might be the federal earned-income tax credit. This cash supplement to wages, delivered in the form of a tax refund, was created during the Ford administration and has been gradually expanded under Republican and Democratic presidents. In 2012, it totaled $63 billion, paying an average of $2,300 to households containing 27 million people.

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A helping hand for young men of color

    "My Brother's Keeper" has a much nicer ring than "Stop and Frisk." It also promises to be a more effective, less self-defeating way to address the interlocking social and economic crises afflicting young men of color.

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Boehner has the blahs

    "Blah, blah, blah, blah," said the speaker of the House.

     Ohio Republican John Boehner, drawing out the words in a tone of ennui, was speaking about a new tax reform plan, and its comatose-on-arrival prospects.

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Fathers' Sons and Brothers' Keepers

    Frederick Douglass once noted, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

    The statement is simple, profound and as true as truth can be. And yet we as a society and as individual families neglect the building, facilitate the breaking and balk at the cost and commitment of the repair.

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