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September 4th, 2014

Rick Perry's comeback headed off at the pass

    It was all going so well for Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- until the indictment. His efforts to move past a disastrous 2012 presidential run that had become a reliable punch line for a senior moment seemed to be working.

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Mitch McConnell's bromance with the Koch brothers

    Control of the U.S. Senate is the most important prize at stake in this year's mid-term elections. There are 36 Senate seats up for election -- 21 are held by Democrats, 15 by Republicans.

Local casinos won't cure economic woes

    In wheelchairs and on walkers, Baltimore's big plan for the future shuffled into the Horseshoe casino this week to begin the city's renaissance. Again.

    "Horseshoe brings the promise of a better Baltimore," declared Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at the casino's grand opening Tuesday night.

    Hold your horses, Ms. Mayor.

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In corporations, it's owner-take-all

    Labor Day - that mocking reminder that this nation once honored workers - is upon us again, posing the nagging question of why the economy ceased to reward work. Was globalization the culprit? Technological change? Anyone seeking a more fundamental answer should pick up the September issue of the Harvard Business Review and check out William Lazonick's seminal essay on U.S. corporations, "Profits Without Prosperity."

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He Has a Dream

    As he has grown weary of Washington, President Barack Obama has shed parts of his presidency, like drying petals falling off a rose.

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Have we gone to war again?

    I'd like to know whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State. I'd like to know why -- or why not. I'd like to know whether the goal of U.S. policy is to contain the jihadist militia or destroy it.

    President Obama? Members of Congress? Please pay attention. I'm talking to you.

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2014 and the limits of rage

    The short-term future of politics in the nation's capital will be determined in large part by which party ends up in control of the Senate. But for a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors races.

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What line to draw on beheadings

    "Don't watch the video. Don't share it. That's not how life should be."

    So tweeted Kelly Foley, a cousin of beheaded journalist James Foley, as the video of the brutal execution began to go viral -- as the Islamic State intended.

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The Lesson for Liberals

    There's a painful lesson to be learned for liberals, especially liberal Jews, from the hopefully concluded war in Gaza.

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The Case for Making Foreign Aid a Two-Way Street

    What if I told you there was a lot in Africa that was going right?

    Now, I don’t mean programs that are successfully handing out food aid, treating malaria, or preventing elephant poaching, although I’m sure some of those are succeeding too. I mean intrinsic parts of African cultures that are wonderfully successful and underappreciated.

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