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Date

February 19th, 2015

Obama goes to Congress on the war

    After nearly 14 years of war in the Middle East, President Obama's pitch to Congress for authorization to continue it conforms with his own defined purpose -- eventually to end America's "perpetual war footing" that began under his predecessor, George W. Bush.

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Money Makes Crazy

    Monetary policy probably won't be a major issue in the 2016 campaign, but it should be. It is, after all, extremely important, and the Republican base and many leading politicians have strong views about the Federal Reserve and its conduct. And the eventual presidential nominee will surely have to endorse the party line.

    So it matters that the emerging Republican consensus on money is crazy - full-on conspiracy-theory crazy.

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Lessons from Germany on sharing worker-management power

    "The Gilded Age was not a golden age," says Tom Perez,the U.S. labor secretary. "America works best when employers and employees work together" - as they did not during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century and have not during the neo-Gilded Age we are stumbling through today.

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Does Virginia really want to join the sad choir of state songs?

    Quick. What's your state song?

    I know. It's okay.

    Nobody knows state songs.

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Demanding patients not to blame for high costs, study finds

    New research has found that patients make almost no unreasonable requests for medical treatment, undermining the tendency by doctors to blame higher health-care costs on the demands of those getting treatment.

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Currency war is pushed to brink of nuclear option

    Sweden has fired another salvo in the escalating currency wars by joining Denmark, Switzerland and the European Central Bank in introducing negative interest rates. As this battle intensifies, some market soothsayers are starting to whisper about capital controls as a possible nuclear option for central banks determined to win the race to the bottom of foreign-exchange rates.

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Coming under fire in a war zone is nothing for a reporter to brag about

    In hindsight, the tip-off that Brian Williams was making up that story about getting shot at over Iraq in 2003 was that he seemed to think it was something to brag about in the first place.

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Brian, we hardly knew ya

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You say debt; I say tax dodging

    The world is awash in debt -- but a lot of it isn't real. The culprits are the big accounting firms that have been mass-marketing tax avoidance strategies to their clients. The result is that official statistics have become so skewed that it's almost impossible to draw intelligent conclusions from them.

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What The Right Doesn't Get About Obama And Religion

    Because I'm not running for anything, I can give it to you straight: Christianity pretty much got out of the genocide business when church and state became separated in the United States and Europe following the American Revolution. As a consequence, all of the truly impressive mass murders in living memory were carried out by secular ideologues worshipping the nation state -- a superstition to which millions of Americans are not entirely immune.

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