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February 26th, 2015

Cranking Up for 2016

    Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is said to be a rising contender for the Republican presidential nomination. So, on Wednesday, he did what, these days, any ambitious Republican must and pledged allegiance to charlatans and cranks.

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What Netanyahu doesn't see about siding with the GOP

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is giving chutzpah a bad name.

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The Cost of a Decline in Unions

    Like many Americans, I've been wary of labor unions.

    Full-time union stagehands at Carnegie Hall earning more than $400,000 a year? A union hailing its defense of a New York teacher who smelled of alcohol and passed out in class, with even the principal unable to rouse her? A police union in New York City that has a tantrum and goes on virtual strike?

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Science, with a side order of humility

    In his 1973 classic film, "Sleeper," Woody Allen plays a cryogenically preserved Greenwich Village health food entrepreneur who is brought back to life in the year 2173.

    Upon awakening, he requests a breakfast of wheat germ, organic honey and tiger's milk - puzzling his futuristic medical handlers.

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Obama foes got the judge they wanted

    One thing that is certain about Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Texas blocking implementation of President Obama's executive actions on immigration reform -- it won't be the last word.

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Money to Burn

    Someday soon, will all our jobs involve keeping extraordinarily rich people entertained?

    These days, that prospect doesn’t seem all that far-fetched.

    “The rich,” as journalist Chanelle Tourish notes, “seem to be willing to pay almost any price for outstanding service and experiences.”

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Live From Darkest Arkansas

    Housebound in an ice storm, the columnist finds himself distracted by online trivia and tempted to yell at the TV:

    -- Washington Post headline: "Williams undone by his gift for story-telling / Anchor's love of a good yarn played a role in his downfall."

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King Coal Catches Black Lung

    What do the executives who run money-losing companies make? Millions of dollars if they’re coal overlords.

    Take Gregory Boyce. He’s pocketed more than $60 million over the past nine years while steering Peabody Energy into a ditch.

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It's hard to remain a reporter sitting in the anchor's chair

    There no doubt has been some unsympathetic chuckling from purveyors of print journalism -- the underpaid and unrecognized foot soldiers of the reporting trade -- at the fall from grace of Brian Williams, the "NBC Nightly News" anchorman. He has been suspended from the astronomically lucrative job of, as some would describe it, reading the news off a teleprompter.

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Honoring Our Presidents

    The headline that caught my attention on Presidents Day could not have been starker, colder: "Intense Republican Hate Is Skewing Obama Polls."

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