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March 12th, 2014

A problem in need of a correction

    Kerry Kennedy was just acquitted, and rightly so, of "drugged driving" -- she mistook a sleeping pill for her thyroid medication and conked out at the wheel.

    It's an outrage that she was prosecuted in the first place, but even more of an outrage that steps aren't being taken to prevent this disturbingly common problem.

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A Sweet Victory

    The Food and Drug Administration recently came out with a sweet surprise. Its proposed new nutrition label will finally give us a bit of key information we need to understand our food: the amount of added sugars.

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Billion Dollar Babies

    The Koch brothers are in the news more than Justin Bieber.

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Kids in poverty need a bailout, too

    It's not hard to persuade hardcore conservatives to turn against their own ideas, as soon as President Barack Obama agrees with them.

    You can see and hear that in the chilly shrug that some folks on the political right are giving to the president's new "My Brother's Keeper" initiative -- a five-year, $200 million public-private partnership aimed at helping at-risk minority youths.

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North Carolina's toxic deregulation experiment

    A dystopian nightmare is unfolding in North Carolina. It is what the whole country would look like if you were to marry David Koch to Ted Cruz, with a prenup by ALEC, the outside agitator also known as the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is the group that writes regressive laws, saving right-wingers the trouble of having to do it themselves.

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Obama's cool-headedness is diplomacy, not appeasement

    To hear some American hawks talk about President Obama's reaction to the Russian move into Crimea, you'd think he's grabbed Neville Chamberlain's umbrella of appeasement and rushed off to Munich.

    But Obama's response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's power move in Crimea can hardly be compared to the British prime minister's fateful surrender to Adolf Hitler's blatant theft of the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia in 1938.

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So Much for the New Russia

    It didn't take very long for the smiling sports fan cheering in the Olympic stands to revert to his true nature. I'm referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the former KGB leader whose idea of diplomacy is sending in the troops.

    The Olympics ended, and the war began. It resembles nothing so much as the old Russia: might over right, threats over diplomacy. Ronald Reagan used to call it "the evil empire." Has it changed?

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Take this Compromise with a Grain of Salt

    The two cousins who run the private equity giant KKR took home an astounding total of $327 million in 2013, new regulatory filings reveal.

    Much of this lush windfall came via “carried interest,” Wall Street-speak for the cut that private equity kingpins take on the profits they make for their investors.

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Ted Nugent Falls off His Rocker

    Ted Nugent, the old rocker from the Seventies, is now just plain old. And off his rocker.

    A political novelty act for the far right and a front man for the National Rifle Association, Nugent regularly spews venomous, vulgar, race-laced, abusive hate speech about liberals, Democrats, gun laws, and creeping communism.

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The War on Veterans

    Do you remember Cory Remsburg? He’s the Army Ranger who received a standing ovation from Congress during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address a few weeks ago.

    Applause is nice, especially from such influential people. It sure beats those cuts the Pentagon wants to make to veteran benefits.

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