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August 6th, 2015

The worst person in the world

    For several years, the best show on MSNBC was "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." And the best part of "Countdown" was the nightly segment called "The Worst Person in the World," where Olbermann smacked down that day's most disgusting excuse for a human being.

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The price Boehner pays

    If you wonder why Congress is so feeble these days that it can't even find a simple way to pass a transportation bill, look no further than Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who proffered a little resolution on Tuesday night to oust John Boehner from the speakership.

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The growing wealth gap that nobody is talking about

    What are your odds of being a millionaire, do you think? One in 10? One in 50? One in 100?

    If you're over 62, your odds of having at least $1 million in net wealth (your total assets minus your total debt) are relatively achievable -- about 1 in 7. But if you are under 40, your odds are low: 1 in 55.

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'Proud Partners' Corporatize Our Parks

    Our presidents are good at praising America's magnificent national park system, but they're lousy at maintaining it. Bill Clinton-the-candidate, for example, spoke of how lucky he was to have Hot Springs National Park as a childhood playground. Yet Clinton-the-president sat idle as that park's natural wonders and facilities deteriorated -- and as the National Park Service's maintenance backlog soared to $5 billion.

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On big business, Clinton moves left of Sanders

    By any measure, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent and avowed democratic socialist, is running to Hillary Rodham Clinton's left as they seek the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Surprisingly, though, it's Clinton who has been proposing to push U.S. big business in a more social direction.

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Maryland vs. Virginia: A War Between the States, crustacean edition

    Not of Virginia or Maryland, but of the Chesapeake Bay

    Blue crabs mate in the summer in tributaries in Virginia. The next year, females release eggs and tides carry larvae to the lower bay, where the crabs form. Juveniles then travel to Maryland to mature.

    Maryland vs. Virginia. The War Between the States that never ends.

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Guns and the Two Americas

    The waves of mass shootings continue to roll over the United States like surf on the ship of state’s prow. Every few weeks now we get hit with a jolt of cold water. We shake and shudder, and then brace ourselves for the next one.

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Defending the SAT

    TestPerfect is a new Silicon Valley start-up with an ambitious mission: to design a standardized college admissions test free of cultural or racial bias, resistant to differential test-prep efforts and accurately predictive of academic performance in postsecondary education.

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China’s Naked Emperors

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Why the Naysayers Are Wrong About the Iran Deal

    Mike Huckabee says President Barack Obama is using his nuclear deal to “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Mitt Romney describes it as a “generational calamity.” And while polls diverge, one recently taken by CNN suggests the public wants Congress to reject the agreement by a 52 percent to 44 percent majority.

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