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January 29th, 2015

You Can't Dance Around the Topic of Radical Islam

    I've never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems, but when I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, in response to the Paris killings, I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won't go to pay for this?

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Vision vs. blindness on health coverage

Vision vs. blindness on health coverage

 

    When he noticed weird stuff floating in his right eye, he didn't blink. He called an eye doctor.

    The next day, 24 hours after the abnormality introduced itself, he had eye surgery – a vitrectomy -- that very likely spared him the loss of sight in that eye from a detached retina.

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Stop Making Excuses for Nonvoting Millennials

    The recent economic crisis hit the American middle class hard. But for the youngest adults trying to gain a foothold in the good life, it's been devastating.

    So why did so few millennials, the huge cohort of 18- to 29-year-olds, vote last November? Only 21 percent bothered.

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Republicans befuddled by Obama plan to cut middle-class taxes

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GOP stays stubborn about climate change

    We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress -- some of them cynical, others clueless -- in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

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Darwinism may solve the problem of banks 'too big to fail'

    Global market regulators are still wrestling with the "too big to fail" problem of protecting taxpayers from the consequences of a large financial institution collapsing. Most initiatives focus on the right-hand side of the issue, demanding banks hold more capital to make failure less likely. There are hints, though, that a wave of Darwinism may address the left-hand words instead, with enlightened self- interest prompting banks to shrink.

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Cradle to Ivory Tower

    Leaving aside all of the other good arguments both for and against it, I have one big problem with the proposal for free community college that President Barack Obama recently outlined and will surely describe anew in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

    It's awfully late in the game.

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'Selma' shows what it takes to make real change

    John Gardner, a cabinet secretary in President Lyndon Johnson's administration who later founded Common Cause, once said that a requisite for effective citizen action, and governing, was to build an "inside-outside alliance."

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Families of the fallen: Fighting to remember, fighting to forget

    Hundreds of American families are still fighting the war in Afghanistan. But they're fighting it at home.

    Fighting to remember, fighting to forget. Fighting to understand how to move forward in a world without their war hero.

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Could a Romney run make Jeb Bush a winner?

    He didn't mean to. Mitt Romney's tentative entry into the 2016 Republican presidential fray was intended to stop Jeb Bush in his tracks, freezing the drift toward Bush by the Republican establishment-donor-class-realist- pragmatists or whatever you want to call the guys accustomed to calling the party's shots. Instead, it's more likely that Romney has done Bush a big favor.

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