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February 19th, 2015

Egads — an equal-opportunity Internet?

    Comcast did not invent the Internet. Neither did AT&T. They just hitched rides on it.

    All to the betterment of mankind – I might add, unless mankind is crossing an intersection and an oncoming, texting 19-year-old driver is oblivious to the color red.

    Therefore, consider this commentary not a slam on big telecom companies. It’s a plug for all who use the Internet.

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College's Priceless Value

    What's the most transformative educational experience you've had?

    I was asked this question recently, and for a few seconds it stumped me, mainly because I've never viewed learning as a collection of eureka moments. It's a continuum, a lifelong awakening to the complexity of the world.

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The Riddle of Powering Electric Cars

    Steve LeVine became interested in batteries in the wake of the financial crisis. LeVine is the Washington correspondent for Quartz, a news site covering the global economy, and he sensed, he told me recently, "a loss of confidence in the U.S. in our ability to create a real economy" - one based not on financial instruments or a real estate boom, but real products that would help create entire new industries.

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Obama's final legacy will be set by foreign policy

    There's been a lot of handwringing over whether President Barack Obama's tone and message in the January State of the Union address and last week's budget were too confrontational, dashing hopes for legislative and legacy- bolstering achievements.

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Mother's story exposes absurdity of a DC rule on school truancy

    For three years, Jessica Smith's son had been begging her for a little brother.

    Then the orphanage in Mongolia that had given her Ziggy called to tell her that it had another young boy for her. At the time, Ziggy, whose given name is Zorigt, had just started second grade at a D.C. public school.

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Is Greece Europe's first domino?

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Americans are in denial about genetically modified crops

    Sophisticated readers know a science denier when they see one: the libertarian irresponsibly attacking vaccine safety, the oil-state senator mocking climate theory, the Southern Bible-thumper denying the fossil in front of his nose.

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The Joneses Win: The Why of Weak Consumer Spending

    A new report on consumer spending shows that consumers are not spending. Economists thought that the savings from cheaper gasoline -- hundreds of dollars a year for most -- would be hauled to the stores. But non-gasoline retail spending didn't budge last month, flat after falling a bit in December, according to the Commerce Department.

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February 12th

Obama's breakfast prayer

    Maybe we should just call off the National Prayer Breakfast and stop asking presidents to offer their thoughts about faith and religion. If they go beyond making all present feel good about how religious and upright they are, presidents can get into a lot of trouble.

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Overreacting to Obama, again

    Such is the daggers-drawn state of political discourse in Washington these days that President Obama could go to the National Prayer Breakfast, call the Islamic State a "brutal, vicious death cult" -- and still end up being assailed by conservatives.

    Obama's offense? He dared to note that Islam is not the only religion to have been perverted to justify violence and atrocity.

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