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March 12th, 2015

Wal-Mart Does Something Right

    Once, I indirectly forced a neighbor to drive far out of her way for a head of broccoli. I think she’s forgiven me, but I’m not sure the love is still the same.

    She was kindly caring for my child and running errands when she turned toward Wal-Mart for a quick stop. My kid was horrified.

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Vegas mobsters had nothing on today's big corporate shareholders

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Readin’, Writing’, and ’Rithmatic

    The Danville Education Association (Pa.) has been operating without a contract for three years.

    Two years ago, the teachers approved recommendations of an independent fact-finder; the board rejected it. This eventually led to a protest strike of five days in  April 2014. Recently, the teachers and the board agreed to submit their proposals to an independent arbitrator.

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Pearls Before Congress

    Welcome to a whole new world.

    In Congress, that is. Not in the actual world. Control your expectations, for heaven's sake.

    You may have noticed that in an orgy of bipartisan cooperation, Congress passed a bill this week funding the Department of Homeland Security until the fall. Then, on Wednesday, the House passed a bipartisan bill funding the Amtrak system.

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Kissing the Koch Ring

    After the Supreme Court’s democracy-mugging decree that let corporations dump unlimited amounts of money into our elections, a guy named Larry sent me an email that perfectly summed it all up: “Big money has plucked our eagle!”

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Jeb Bush yet to pass the tea party litmus test

    The significance of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) recently held in a Washington suburb was what it revealed about how far the speakers were willing to go to establish their credentials for being there.

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Hope for Obamacare advocates?

    Will Justice Anthony Kennedy’s solicitude for states trump his antipathy to the Affordable Care Act and save the day for Obamacare?

    With all the usual caveats -- it’s dangerous to read too much into random comments at oral argument, justices are apt to change their minds -- that seems to be the better bet emerging from the argument Wednesday in King v. Burwell.

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Hillary's impulse to secrecy

    Hillary Clinton may not have a serious opponent for the Democratic nomination -- except herself.

    The Clintons' unfortunate tendency to be their own worst enemy is on display, again, with reports that, as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton conducted official business solely from a personal email account.

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A Crash Course on Reality

    I was always one of those kids who got As in school.

    Give me an assignment, I’ll do it. A test? I’ll take it. Lecture to me, and I’ll absorb every word.

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What Bibi Didn't Say

    Now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made his case on Iran before Congress, with all the circus atmosphere it involved, let's get to the serious questions: What is America's interest in striking a deal with Iran? Because our interests and Israel's are not fully aligned. What is the minimum we need to satisfy our interests? And how should we balance the critiques of our policy from the serious Bibi versus the cynical Bibi?

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