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January 22nd, 2015

Who Would Have Thought It?

    In this the year of 2015 who would have thought women would still be struggling for equality? Who would have thought that so many men would still think it was their right their duty, to control women? After all, this summer will mark 95 years since women got the vote.

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Tea party owns immigration, and John Boehner

    Days after the 2012 presidential election, in which less than one third of both Hispanic and Asian voters supported Republican candidate Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner told ABC News that "a comprehensive approach" to immigration reform was "long overdue" and that he was "confident" a solution could be reached. 

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How government helps the 1 percent

    You may think that government takes a lot of money from the wealthy and gives it to poor people. You might also assume that the rich pay a lot to support government while the poor pay a pittance.

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Gilded Youth and Their Pain

    A Hollywood-handsome Princeton grad recently shot his hedge-fund-founder father to death. The alleged reason: Thomas Gilbert Sr.'s plan to cut his allowance by $200 a month. You can imagine what the tabloids are doing with the story.

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Getting down to (chocolate-covered) business

    One thing for sure: You can take Mitch McConnell and John Boehner at their word. They told the American people: You put us in charge of Congress and we'll get Congress back to work. And, by golly, they meant it! They've only been in session one week, but this week all Republican members of the House and Senate piled on buses for an intense, three-day, working session -- at Hershey Amusement Park!

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Francs, Fear and Folly

    Ah, Switzerland, famed for cuckoo clocks and sound money. Other nations may experiment with radical economic policies, but with the Swiss you don't get surprises.

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Courting Wall Street

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The War on Hen-Pecking

    Chickens had plenty to celebrate on New Year’s Day. Supposedly.

    After a long wait, California’s 2008 ballot measure to improve conditions for laying hens finally went into effect. Instead of living in cramped cages that give each bird less room than a sheet of paper, the birds are going to get enough space to lie down, stand up, stretch their wings, or turn around.

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Politics of symbolism over substance

    The Senate debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, as predictable as it is unedifying, exemplifies two of the most disturbing aspects of political discourse today.

    The first is what might be called "talk-to-the-hand-ism" -- or, perhaps updated to the tactic of New York City police officers -- "turn-your-back-ism."

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Pipeline to Nowhere

    When Maria van der Hoeven summed up the 20-year outlook for global energy investment in London last year, she identified a couple of daunting challenges.

    The amount of money required by 2035 is a staggering $48 trillion, the International Energy Agency chief and former Dutch economy minister said. And it’s not clear how many of those trillions of dollars will power climate-friendly options.

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