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April 8th, 2015

Power and Paychecks

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Postal banking could make the postal system's troubles worse

    With President Barack Obama's strong support, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched a regulatory crackdown on payday lending, the short-term, high-cost loans that lower-income people use to cope with cash crunches - at the risk, critics say, of trapping themselves in a cycle of unpayable debt.

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Indiana Loses Its Game

    Last year Indiana chose "Honest to Goodness Indiana" as its new tourism slogan. Not everyone was charmed. Some critics said they'd have preferred something more cosmopolitan. Although it doesn't seem likely they'd have been happier with the runners-up, one of which was "Seasoned Just Right."

    Now, however, the slogan makes a kind of sense, especially if you throw in a little punctuation:

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Don't wreck religious liberty's brand

    We are all obsessed with our brands these days, and no one more so than states competing fiercely for jobs and businesses. Some of them are quickly learning that being seen as anti-gay is dangerous to their images.

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Will Congress Be Duped Again on Offshore Taxes?

    Like a savvy bargainer on a used car lot, big multinational corporations have mastered the art of feigning indifference and walking away.

    What they walk away with is their profits, stockpiling them abroad where they legally remain untaxed until returned to the United States. Then these corporations threaten to keep the cash offshore permanently unless Uncle Sam gives them a deep discount on their tax rates.

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Sharp Elbows Jab Both Ways

    If you looked in my Washington Post personnel file, you would find an ancient evaluation that describes me as having "sharp elbows." More precisely, being perceived as having "sharp elbows."

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Martin O'Malley makes a case for challenging Hillary

    Former Baltimore mayor and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley made the case Sunday for a challenge to Hillary Clinton, from himself or some other Democrat.

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Circus Time

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Addicted to Stress

    Not long now until freedom — or temporary freedom, anyway.

    I’m just one month away from the end of my first year in graduate school. It’s my first year out of a projected six, if I complete my PhD.

    In theory, it was a great idea to move from California to Wisconsin to attend one of the best sociology programs in the country.

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A Thumping Cruz-a-palooza

    Senator Ted Cruz’s recent announcement of his presidential candidacy was a real Cruz-a-palooza.

    It was part Ronald Reagan, part Elmer Gantry, part John Lennon, and part Jerry Falwell — yet it was totally Ted Cruz, full of blather and bloat.

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