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April 30th, 2015

The Giant Rats That Save Lives

    I'm walking in a minefield here in rural Angola, tailing a monster rat.

    This is a Gambian pouched rat, a breed almost 3 feet from nose to tail, the kind of rat that gives cats nightmares. Yet this rat is a genius as well as a giant, for it has learned how to detect land mines by scent - and it's doing its best to save humans like me from blowing up.

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That Old-Time Economics

    America has yet to achieve a full recovery from the effects of the 2008 financial crisis. Still, it seems fair to say that we've made up much, though by no means all, of the lost ground.

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Starving For Wisdom

    "We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom."

    That epigram from E.O. Wilson captures the dilemma of our era. Yet the solution of some folks is to disdain wisdom.

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Schism threatens Republican cohesion on tax cuts

    Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 eliminated the threat of global communism, the one glue that held together Republicans has been cutting top marginal tax rates to promote economic growth.

    That Velcro is cracking.

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Peering Through The Haze

    They sure know how to bury the lead at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    On Thursday, the CDC issued its annual National Youth Tobacco Survey; the headline in the accompanying news release read: "E-cigarette use triples among middle and high school students in just one year."

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Lessons From #RaceTogether

    Howard Schultz has a way of making a believer out of you.

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Hillary's Shelved Crown

    The 2016 presidential campaign is only now gathering steam and already I'm confused.

    For starters, Hillary Clinton says she's focusing on "everyday Americans." Which of the nation's voters don't fall into that category? Are there voters who are Zimbabweans on Wednesdays? Costa Ricans on Saturdays? Voters who relinquish their citizenship on months beginning with the letter J?

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Has the NRA Won?

    It is now fair to ask whether the National Rifle Association is winning - or has in fact won - this era of the gun debate in this country.

    Gun control advocates have tried to use the horror that exists in the wake of mass shootings to catalyze the public into action around sensible gun restrictions. But rather than these tragedies being a cause for pause in ownership of guns, gun ownership has spiked in the wake of these shootings.

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April 23rd

Sick and Tired Workers: An Epidemic of Corporate Greed

    Snaking its way through the Pennsylvania legislature is a bill that will block local governments from requiring companies to provide sick leave, even if unpaid, that is more than required by state or federal regulations.

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No kicking the can down the road in Italy

    Every mature democracy may be unhappy in its own way, but in the need for - and obstacles to - reform they share certain challenges. So insights that Italian premier Matteo Renzi offered during a visit to The Post on Friday may have some relevance to politicians in the United States.

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