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August 6th, 2015

'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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Why Obama freed his inner 'Kenyan'

    It must make the birthers' heads explode to hear President Barack Obama ridicule the ridiculous charge that he is a secret Kenyan. That's only one good reason for him to do it.

    "Birthers" are people who just can't -- or refuse to -- get it through their narrow minds that Obama was born as he and documentation says he was, a legal United States citizen. Yes, I'm thinking of you, Donald Trump.

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Blood from a Stone

    Like many other proud Greek-Americans, I’ve visited the country of my ancestors many times over the years. I even lived in Athens for two years while working for the U.S. government.

    I recently returned to Athens for a week to help the Greek government draft a new whistlebIower protection law. It was my first trip to the country in nine years — and suffice it to say, a lot’s changed.

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Big data can predict whether your new product will flop

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