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February 19th, 2015

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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Telling the Truth about Religious Violence

    President Barack Obama committed the ultimate political blunder the other day. He blurted out the truth.

    Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, he warned his Christian brethren against “getting up on our high horse” when condemning the violence of Muslim terrorists.

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Muslims, Marriage and Bigotry

    In North Carolina, three young Muslims who were active in charity work were murdered, allegedly by a man who identified as atheist and expressed hostility to Islam and other faiths. Police are exploring whether it was a hate crime, and it spurred a #MuslimLivesMatter campaign on Twitter.

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Marshaling Marooned Tax Dollars

    Republican lawmakers have largely greeted President Barack Obama’s new spending plan as dead on arrival.

    But at least one provision has a chance of becoming law: a plan to tax the profits that large U.S. corporations have parked in offshore tax shelters and use that money to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

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