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February 12th, 2015

A Game of Chicken

    On Wednesday, the European Central Bank announced that it would no longer accept Greek government debt as collateral for loans. This move, it turns out, was more symbolic than substantive. Still, the moment of truth is clearly approaching.

    And it's a moment of truth not just for Greece, but for the whole of Europe - and, in particular, for the central bank, which may soon have to decide who it really works for.

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A Fine Romance: Online Daters Hire Private Eyes

    She was a lawyer, noisy but nice. He was a Marine, quiet and even nicer. They seemed an attractive, comfortable couple, so I was greatly surprised when -- after he left to use the men's room -- she leaned over to me at the next table and asked, "What do you think of him?"

    They had connected through Tinder, the hot dating site known for emphasizing pictures. This was their first meeting.

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Use Your Words

    On the last day of January, I lost a friend. Cancer took her in the prime of life, at age 45. Just seven days before she succumbed, I sat at her side, trying to tell her what she meant to me.

    Cedwyn was the life of the party. Wherever she went instantly became the place to be.

    But she was more than that. Her fun-loving nature was also about generosity.

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The diminishing returns of today's homeownership policies

    It's official: Over the past couple of decades, the United States spent vast amounts of time, energy and, above all, money - both private and public - to raise the national rate of homeownership, with exactly nothing to show for it.

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Obama's budget pursues fairness, not 'envy'

    "Envy economics" - that's how Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, characterized the budget that President Barack Obama submitted to Congress on Monday.

    I suppose he has a point.

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Do Liberals Really Have A Free Speech Problem?

    This just in: "Study Finds Fruitcake Right, Anti-gravity Left Share Similar Traits, Tactics."

    OK, so I made that up, although I'm confident that there's no end of psychological studies confirming the observation. Ever known somebody who did a 180-degree ideological switcheroo, say from the Progressive Labor Party to the Ayn Rand Marching and Chowder Society? Were they less dogmatic and morally superior afterward?

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Can college kids take a joke?

    Chris Rock has stopped performing on college campuses, he said in a recent interview, because college audiences are getting "way too conservative."

    "Not like they're voting Republican," he said in an interview with Frank Rich published in Vulture. "But in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody."

Bruce Jenner's Courage

    When I was a growing up, yearning with my pals to be a track star, one of our heroes was Bruce Jenner. He won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in the decathlon, and he adorned our Wheaties boxes. We all wanted to be Bruce Jenner.

    I haven't thought much about him in years. But Jenner is in the news again, widely reported to be preparing to come out as a transgender woman.

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'American Sniper' Moral

    Things we can learn from "American Sniper":

    You know the movie, right? It has not only been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, it could wind up selling more tickets than the other seven nominees combined. Plus, it's triggered a left-right controversy that makes the old dust-up over "Duck Dynasty" seem like a tiny cultural blip.

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A Sweet Spot

    I don’t have any cute photos of my daughter’s chubby face smeared with frosting from her first birthday party. Already pregnant with my son, I’d become a child nutrition zealot in response to my double dose of motherhood.

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