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November 27th, 2014

Tough Times for Penguins

    Scientists say that fur seals in the Antarctic are having sex with the penguins.

    This may have been going on for some time. A South African research team has published a paper on it, "Multiple Occurrences of King Penguin Sexual Harassment by Antarctic Fur Seals." There's also a video featuring a rather large seal and a really unhappy looking bird.

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The Poor Suffer from Hunger — Not the Munchies

    Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It’s also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families.

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The First Casualty of War

    Reflecting on World War I, California Senator Hiram Johnson famously said: “The first casualty when war comes is truth.”

    Actually, in America’s recent wars, officials have slaughtered the truth even before the fighting. The Bush-Cheney regime hustled America into its Iraq escapade, for example, by snuffing out the truth about that country’s weapons of mass destruction.

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Obama must secure authorization for force in Middle East

    Before President Obama does anything else in the lame-duck Congress or the new one in January, he needs forthrightly to seek an update or new authorization for the new war he's fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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Jonathan Gruber should rethink his notion of 'stupidity'

    Was Obamacare sold on a pack of lies or just political spin? Questions like that have turned Jonathan Gruber, who helped to create President Barack Obama's health care plan, into a possible threat to its survival.

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Do Politicians Love Kids?

    We Americans love children.

    Indeed, we love them so much that, on average, child care workers earn almost as much per hour ($10.33) as workers who care for animals ($10.82), according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Chief Tax-Dodging Officers

    Republican and Democratic leaders don’t often see eye to eye on taxes.

    But surprisingly, corporate tax reform looks like one area where there might actually be some potential for bipartisan action in Washington. This should be good news, since our corporate tax system is clearly hopelessly broken.

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Cashing In on the ISIS Crisis

    Maybe you think the U.S. air war on the Islamic State is a fine plan. Maybe you don’t. Either way, have you considered how little Washington’s latest military foray in the Middle East has to do with America’s welfare?

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Big Data Doesn't Apply To Man's Best Friend

    As I write, the love of my life is off to the state penitentiary. I expect her back at the farm in late afternoon. She's a volunteer with Paws in Prison, an organization that matches homeless dogs with inmate trainers.

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A slippery slope on immigration

    Every Democrat should be nervous about President Obama's plan for unilateral action on immigration reform.

    Not because of the impact on an already gridlocked Congress, or because it risks inflaming an increasingly hostile public. Democrats should be nervous about the implications for presidential power, and the ability of a future Republican president to act on his or her own.

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