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February 12th, 2015

Everything you need to know about net neutrality now

    You may have heard that the Federal Communications Commission is proposing some new rules for the Internet. Here's what they mean for you, in plain English.

    Q: What is the FCC proposing?

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'Envy' vs. 'greed'

            Rep. Paul Ryan values his reputation as a serious policy analyst and a genial soul. But he's not above name-calling, and he insists that President Obama's budget is the product of "envy economics."

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Does showing a horrific video serve a legitimate purpose?

    Fox News took the controversial step Tuesday of posting online the 22-minute video, from the Islamic State terror group, that shows Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned to death. To alert Internet users to what's in the video, the presentation features these words: "Warning, extremely graphic video."

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Can't we all just follow the science?

    Politics is a funny business. And totally unpredictable. Just when it looks like some politician is riding high, you never know what unexpected event might trip them up. Look at Chris Christie and Rand Paul. They were riding high on their way to 2016 this week, when they both came down with a bad case of measles.

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A Game of Chicken

    On Wednesday, the European Central Bank announced that it would no longer accept Greek government debt as collateral for loans. This move, it turns out, was more symbolic than substantive. Still, the moment of truth is clearly approaching.

    And it's a moment of truth not just for Greece, but for the whole of Europe - and, in particular, for the central bank, which may soon have to decide who it really works for.

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A Fine Romance: Online Daters Hire Private Eyes

    She was a lawyer, noisy but nice. He was a Marine, quiet and even nicer. They seemed an attractive, comfortable couple, so I was greatly surprised when -- after he left to use the men's room -- she leaned over to me at the next table and asked, "What do you think of him?"

    They had connected through Tinder, the hot dating site known for emphasizing pictures. This was their first meeting.

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Use Your Words

    On the last day of January, I lost a friend. Cancer took her in the prime of life, at age 45. Just seven days before she succumbed, I sat at her side, trying to tell her what she meant to me.

    Cedwyn was the life of the party. Wherever she went instantly became the place to be.

    But she was more than that. Her fun-loving nature was also about generosity.

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The diminishing returns of today's homeownership policies

    It's official: Over the past couple of decades, the United States spent vast amounts of time, energy and, above all, money - both private and public - to raise the national rate of homeownership, with exactly nothing to show for it.

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Obama's budget pursues fairness, not 'envy'

    "Envy economics" - that's how Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, characterized the budget that President Barack Obama submitted to Congress on Monday.

    I suppose he has a point.

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Do Liberals Really Have A Free Speech Problem?

    This just in: "Study Finds Fruitcake Right, Anti-gravity Left Share Similar Traits, Tactics."

    OK, so I made that up, although I'm confident that there's no end of psychological studies confirming the observation. Ever known somebody who did a 180-degree ideological switcheroo, say from the Progressive Labor Party to the Ayn Rand Marching and Chowder Society? Were they less dogmatic and morally superior afterward?

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