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Date

February 13th, 2014

Are We Doomed to Ever More Inequality?

    America’s ongoing debate over economic inequality may be turning a new page.

    Starting in the 1980s, during the debate’s first chapter, pundits and policymakers battled over whether the United States was in fact becoming more unequal. This initial debate is over now. No serious analyst argues any longer that the gulf between America’s rich and everyone else hasn’t jumped substantially.

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At 90, This Doctor Is Still Calling

    We in journalism tend to cover airplane crashes, corrupt officials and loathsome criminals with gusto, but let's take a break and applaud a hero.

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Calling All Candidates

    I don't know if you've noticed, but we're now in an election year.

    Not that one. You are not in charge of thinking about the presidential race yet. Even the people who have to go to the polls first know it's still OK to tune out on that one. I am thinking of the New Hampshire Republicans who said, in a recent poll, that Mitt Romney was currently at the top of their favorites list.

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Could unions change NCAA's game?

    I was not surprised to hear that the United Steelworkers were helping athletes at Northwestern University to file a petition to form a union. Unions are seeking new industries to organize and college football, unlike steel, is not likely to be shipped overseas.

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Don't Blame Obama

    Even I was willing to blame the president, or at least his namesake: Obamacare.

    What other explanation was there for the fact that it was taking weeks to get a prescription filled, and I was suffering an acute flare-up of my rheumatoid arthritis?

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Presidential lawlessness? Hardly

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan calls President Obama's tenure "an increasingly lawless presidency." Texas Sen. Ted Cruz cites "the president's persistent pattern of lawlessness."

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte called a hearing to examine how Obama "has blatantly disregarded the Constitution's mandate to faithfully execute the laws."

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Stephen Glass Doesn't Deserve Another Chance

    I said there was a Society of Men among us, bred up from their Youth in the Art of proving by words multiplied for the Purpose, that White is Black, and Black is White, according as they are paid. To this Society all the rest of the People are Slaves.

-- Lemuel Gulliver explains lawyers, from Swift's "Gulliver's Travels," 1726

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The Unaffordable WeDon’tCare Act

    Remember when it looked like the Republican Party could do nothing but stamp its feet and shout about the Affordable Care Act’s shortcomings without coming up with any alternatives?

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Winning Elections by Hook or by Crook

The chance to win seems so remote,

When the Man decides who gets to vote.

 

    Political operatives are running websites with smiling photos of Democratic candidates as part of a fundraising campaign. But there’s a catch: They’re asking for money to defeat these candidates.

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Drawing the line on Obama haters

    If you thought political rhetoric had sunk as low as it could, think again. We've never seen as much hate speech directed against any president as the vitriol unleashed by extremists every day against President Obama.

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