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August 18th, 2014

The Forever Slump

    It's hard to believe, but almost six years have passed since the fall of Lehman Bros. ushered in the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Many people, myself included, would like to move on to other subjects. But we can't, because the crisis is by no means over. Recovery is far from complete, and the wrong policies could still turn economic weakness into a more or less permanent depression.

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With an ill-timed slap at Obama, Hillary falters

    Hillary Clinton's tactical retreat in her soft apology and meet-up with President Obama at Martha's Vineyard, after her ill-timed criticism of his "failure" in aiding Syrian refugees, indicates she may not be quite ready to put her best foot forward for the 2016 presidential race.

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Did Nixon commit treason to win presidency?

    In an exhaustive new book, journalist and researcher Ken Hughes makes the case not only that Richard Nixon, as a presidential candidate, committed treason by interfering in peace negotiations in Vietnam, but also that he sought to use the circumstances to enhance his election chances on the eve of the 1968 presidential campaign.

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Obama's other role: An uncommon scold

    Riots in Ferguson, Missouri, draw President Obama into a familiar, although unwritten part of his job description: a blend of national healer and scold-in-chief.

    It's always risky for a president to get involved in local disputes. But everybody looks to this president when a local dispute disrupts what the Constitution calls the "domestic tranquility," especially when the dispute involves questions of race.

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Real cowboys don't summer on Martha's Vineyard

    For most people, summer is a treasured time to cool your heels in a cottage by a lake or in a hammock in the backyard. It's not so simple for politicians. For them, deciding when and where to vacation can be perilous. Repair to a beach on the East Coast and you're an out-of-touch elitist; stay away too long and you'll be asked who's minding the store.

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Calculating Hillary Clinton gets the math all wrong

    Picture the ad, either in the Democratic primaries or from a liberal independent candidate: Hillary Clinton - a pro-Wall Street buckraker, a foreign policy interventionist - championing George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq and looking like a lukewarm supporter of President Barack Obama.

    Clinton's break last week with some of Obama's unpopular foreign policies, in an interview with my colleague Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic, is going to cause her political problems.

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A case for attacking economic inequality

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On oil, China outsources its dirty work to U.S.

    There's very little that the Chinese government likes less than the projection of U.S. military power. The reasons range widely - from a general distaste for the U.S. meddling outside its borders to Beijing's frequent support for autocratic regimes. China steadfastly opposed the idea of U.S. intervention in Syria, for instance, and in 2011, it refused to back military action in Libya (though it abstained from the Security Council vote to authorize strikes).

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Women bear brunt of Ebola in West Africa

    As the number of lives claimed by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa rises above 1,000, the rate of infection among women is outpacing that among men because women are the caregivers, nurses and cross-border traders, health officials report.

    Outbreaks are thought to originate through contact with infected forest animals, often making men who hunt for bushmeat or handle the meat the first targets of infection.

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A better tax code solution: taxing consumption

    According to much conventional wisdom, the flap over corporate "tax inversions" is just the latest evidence that the tax code needs a comprehensive overhaul like the one agreed to by congressional leaders and President Reagan in 1986.

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