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Archive

Date

February 6th, 2014

The imperial Obama presidency

    What was Obama thinking? He's never made any secret of his disdain for members of Congress. After all, he made it all the way to the White House after serving only three years on the Hill. What's wrong with those dumbbells who've spent half a lifetime there? They're clearly not as smart as he is.

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The State of Our Union

    So the economy, it turns out, is better than it's been since Barack Obama took office. We are better off today than we were five years ago.

    Who knew?

    Oh, I guess we knew that the housing market is recovering and unemployment is down, and some baby boomers are actually beginning to retire. But it hardly feels like morning in America.

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The Minimum We Can Do to Fight Inequality

    The political profile of economic inequality in America has certainly been growing. So has the political confusion over what overcoming inequality will take. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama’s latest State of the Union address may only add to that confusion.

    Obama could — and should — have declared a clear and compelling agenda for combating the concentration of income and wealth that has left America so staggeringly unequal.

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Dylan Farrow's Story

    When Woody Allen received a Golden Globe award for lifetime achievement a few weeks ago, there was a lively debate about whether it was appropriate to honor a man who is an artistic giant but also was accused years ago of child molestation.

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High Taxes, Regulations and Doing Fine

    "The not so Golden State" is how a recent issue of The Economist magazine tags California's business climate. It's the latest in a trove of conservative literature trying to dance around the fact that high-tax, highly regulated, bureaucratic states can be economic powerhouses. The writers deal with the "problem" by burying reality under a pile of "buts" and "howevers."

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Dealing With Pot

    There's a lot of giggling in Colorado, and about Colorado, these days.

    Except by the state's leaders, who are like uneasy chaperones at a rowdy school dance.

    "It's insane," says Sen. Michael Bennet.

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From Your Friends at the NRA

    The following are verbatim excerpts from emails sent by the National Rifle Association.

    Sept. 12, 2013

    Subject: Obama wants to ban guns, but N.R.A. is giving guns away!

    Announcing N.R.A.'s "BANNED GUNS RAFFLE." Your chance to win 12 guns that Obama, Biden, Feinstein and Bloomberg want to Ban! 12 great guns - 12 chances to win! (Hurry - raffle ends October 21, 2013.)

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Emilio's Great Race

    The campaign for student body president at the University of North Carolina here has just begun, and there's nothing unusual in the number of candidates - five - or the fact that two are Morehead-Cain scholars, an elite designation.

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A mall shooting rips away our collective security blanket

    College campuses, movie theaters, elementary schools and shopping malls.

    Are there any safe public spaces left in America?

    It feels like the spree shootings are coming more and more frequently. Unless it's in our neighborhood, we may not even click on the news alert that comes to our smartphones anymore.

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Paranoia of the Plutocrats

    Rising inequality has obvious economic costs: stagnant wages despite rising productivity, rising debt that makes us more vulnerable to financial crisis. It also has big social and human costs. There is, for example, strong evidence that high inequality leads to worse health and higher mortality.

    But there's more. Extreme inequality, it turns out, creates a class of people who are alarmingly detached from reality - and simultaneously gives these people great power.

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