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February 12th, 2015

You will not refuse the Tar Sands Mafia

    The economy is on the rebound. Oil prices are down, down, down. So, what’s with that Putin face, Punky?

    It’s bad. It’s bad. So say analysts who point to all that oil-patch activity now screeching to a halt. It’s a calamity. Oh, the humanity.

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U.S. voters divided over issues large and small

    Raising the capital gains tax rate or building the Keystone XL pipeline aren't insignificant issues. But they pale compared with the 1960's fights over racial justice, the Vietnam War or whether the federal government should create and manage a national health insurance program for the elderly.

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Can Walker be president without a college degree?

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has buzz. He has impressed conservative activists in Des Moines and is the front-runner for likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers, according to a Bloomberg Politics-Des Moines Register poll published this weekend.

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A Democratic split over foreign policy

    For more than two years, a breach has been opening between President Obama and the foreign policy establishment of the Democratic Party. Last week, as Russia pressed a new offensive in Ukraine and the Senate debated sanctions on Iran, it cracked open a little wider.

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The Long-Run Cop-Out

    On Monday, President Barack Obama will call for a significant increase in spending, reversing the harsh cuts of the past few years. He won't get all he's asking for, but it's a move in the right direction. And it also marks a welcome shift in the discourse. Maybe Washington is starting to get over its narrow-minded, irresponsible obsession with long-run problems and will finally take on the hard issue of short-run gratification instead.

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A Future Segregated by Science?

    Let me say up front: I'm not a science guy.

    I have always loved science, but I have always loved the arts - drawing, painting and, yes, writing - more.

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February 5th

Netanyahu joins Republican Party

    It should never cease to amaze us when smart people do dumb things. But one of the dumbest we've seen in a long time is Speaker John Boehner's inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a Joint Session of Congress and publicly disagree with President Obama on Iran. It was dumb of Boehner to extend the invitation, and even dumber for Netanyahu to accept.

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Dartmouth's college try

    Dartmouth is giving drinking a new college try. That is, the drinking problem on its campus -- and, by the way, on almost every college campus across the country.

      The logical thinking of Dartmouth's mathematician president, Philip Hanlon, is that drinking -- specifically, drinking to health- and safety-threatening excess -- is not going to disappear.

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Crowded field seeks GOP nomination for 2016

    Never in memory have so many presidential hopefuls plunged this early before an election year into the money chase to put themselves on the path to the White House. And for whatever reason, all of them are Republicans.

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Absent from 'American Sniper': Political context of unnecessary war

    I finally went to see Clint Eastwood's Iraq war movie, "American Sniper," after a partisan culture war broke out around it. If we had debated with this much gusto before we invaded Iraq, there might not have been a war to make a movie about.

    That's what annoys me about the powerfully bracing movie that grossed more than $250 million in its first two weeks of worldwide release.

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