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May 29th, 2014

Rebranding Trash Fish

    For centuries, fishermen around Cape Cod caught…you guessed it: cod. Cod and haddock. The ocean provided a seemingly endless supply of these fish — until a few years ago.

    These days, there aren’t so many cod or haddock left for fishermen to catch. Now, if you go to Cape Cod and order cod, you’ll get cod from Iceland.

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Samsung’s Broken Apology App

    Sometimes, corporate chieftains actually step forward to apologize for the abuse they inflict on workers, consumers, communities, and the environment.

    The word “sometimes” makes such apologies seem more common than they are. “Once in a blue moon” is more like it. Also, “apologize” suggests contrition and a willingness to accept responsibility, neither of which they mean when they use the word. In corporate-speak, apologize is a slick synonym for dodge, duck, and divert.

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The Campaign for Junk Food

    When we began our Let's Move! initiative four years ago, we set one simple but ambitious goal: to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthy.

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The two worst kinds of user taxes

    “No new taxes.” Ah, the sound of spring preening when lawmakers recess.

     Despite these claims, it’s amazing how policymakers in “low-tax” states figure out ways to convince voters of their presumed fiscal sainthood.

    Often, they do so with revenue devices which don’t impact the many but really sock it to a few.

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Will Americans ever be ready to challenge the gun cult?

    Another week, another disturbed young man, another mass killing spree. It's come to where episodes like Elliot Rodger's murder of four men and two women near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus have become so frequent in America that the crime scene tapes have hardly been removed before people turn them into political symbols.

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Enough slaughter

    I am running out of words.

    Some crackpot who couldn't get a date stabs and shoots his way across the Southern California college town of Isla Vista, killing six people and wounding 13 before apparently turning his gun on himself. This happened Friday night. And what shall I say about that?

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The Housing Bust and the American Psyche

    Real estate mania lives on at the HGTV cable channel, where house shoppers still holler for granite on their kitchen islands and his-and-her sinks in their en suite bathrooms. But in the non-TV reality of middle-class America, the bloom is definitely off the real estate rose.

    The rose isn't dead, mind you. Surveys show an enduring desire to own one's home, despite the trauma left by the real estate meltdown and recession. But the love is not what it was.

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Why restraint makes us stronger

    By laying out a long-term foreign policy vision in a speech at West Point on Wednesday, President Obama challenged his critics, at home and abroad, not to speak in vague terms about American "decline" or "weakness" but to answer the question: Exactly what would you do differently?

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Sending drones not divisions

    In the post-Cold War era, it was possible to hold grand illusions and chase utopian dreams. As President Obama understands, and his foreign policy critics fail to grasp, that time is past.

    We live now in a post-post-Cold War world. At West Point this week, Obama attempted to sketch a different kind of U.S. leadership -- less messianic and martial, more cautious and collaborative -- designed to deal with things as they are, not as we might have hoped they would be.

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May 26th

The Sounds of Silence—Political Style

    A hush has fallen over our house.

    It began late Tuesday night and, if we are fortunate, will last at least a week.

    But it will return. We have no illusions that there will be continued quiet.

    That’s because we are in the middle of yet another election cycle.

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