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February 5th, 2015

Is Vaping Worse Than Smoking?

    So I suppose you heard about the latest e-cigarette study, the one that said that the vapors e-cigarette users inhale contain multiple forms of formaldehyde. It was much in the news last week, after its authors, five scientists from Portland State University, published a peer-reviewed letter outlining their findings in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.

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Don't count out the non-establishment Republicans

    The political chattering classes, who love a good story, are obsessed with the battle for the establishment choice for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination: Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney or throw in a little Chris Christie.

    Bush and Romney are marquee names in U.S. politics and the Republicans haven't nominated an anti-establishment candidate since Barry Goldwater more than a half century ago.

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Cozying up to the dictators

    As President Obama stumbles in implementing his own strategy for combating terrorism, the United States is reverting, almost by default, to an earlier, failed approach: a reliance on dictators to do our dirty work.

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Why Obama's budget matters

    When President Obama releases his budget on Monday, the words "dead on arrival" will be widely incanted because they are part of a quasi-religious Beltway ritual.

    This year, those words will be misleading.

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January 29th

The Republicans take over, sort of

    With the Republicans now totally in charge of Congress, they have the chance to make good on their promise that things are going to change on Capitol Hill. But their opening moves suggest more of the same old same old.

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Poverty snobs and 'bread bag' politics

    During her live, nationally televised Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Sen. Joni Ernst inserted a cute story from her childhood that seemed to offer everything a homespun narrative should offer -- except a point.

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Library Visit, Then Held at Gunpoint

    Saturday evening, I got a call that no parent wants to get. It was my son calling from college - he's a third-year student at Yale. He had been accosted by a campus police officer, at gunpoint!

    This is how my son remembers it:

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Green shoots of sanity?

    Are we witnessing the emergence of what might be called a new "sanity caucus" among House Republicans?

    Earlier this month, 26 of them voted against an amendment to undo President Obama's program to shield so-called dreamers from deportation.

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Ending Greece's Nightmare

    Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece. He will be the first European leader elected on an explicit promise to challenge the austerity policies that have prevailed since 2010. And there will, of course, be many people warning him to abandon that promise, to behave "responsibly."

    So how has that responsibility thing worked out so far?

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Confidence in the US recovery is growing. Just ask New England's breweries.

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