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December 24th

This Confused World

    Is it just me, or is this world completely off balance? I started my day thinking I would write about the crack in our bullying of Cuba; however, all the other news pouring in deflated my delight in that bit of common sense regarding that island so near our Florida shore. Suffice it to say, AT LONG LAST. IT'S ABOUT TIME.

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Warren's friends on the right

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A win for the Cuban people

    President Obama's historic opening to Cuba is long overdue -- and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship's demise. Critics of the accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed miserably for half a century could ever work.

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Cuba's Christmas surprise for Caracas

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In 2016, voters might have to choose between two dynasties

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's candid interest in seeking the presidency in 2016 raises skepticism about whether the voters would vote for a third Bush in the Oval office.

    It's based in part on the view, among Democrats anyway, that his father was unimpressive and that his brother was a reckless foreign-policy adventurer. Thus, the thinking goes, a third Bush would be too much for voters to swallow.

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Season's Greetings from the Obamas

    Hello there, friends.

    I'm going to be honest with you: This year has not been great. In fact, it has been a steaming lump of coal.

    Still, there were a couple of bright spots.

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Yes, Virginia, the Santa wish list has gone digital

    "I sent my Christmas list to you in Google Docs. Can you help me edit it and then email it to Santa?"

    Sigh. The days of scrawled letters to Santa with crayons, smiley faces and Unabomber-like scribbles with serial numbers and price lists and naked greed mellowed by cute, backward s's are fading away.

    The Christmas List has officially gone digital.

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How businesses created pensions to thwart unions

    Buried in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law is a provision that would allow the benefits of retired truckers, construction workers and others who contributed to so-called multiemployer pensions to be cut for the first time.

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The outrage economy, bringing on a deep depression

    In a somewhat neglected quote from his much-shared interview with New York magazine's Frank Rich, Chris Rock nails an increasing problem:

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Who's been naughty? Who's been nice?

    "He's making a list, checking it twice, going to find out who's naughty or nice . . ."

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