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July 18th, 2014

Shortchanging Our National Treasures

    Fabulous vacations don’t come cheap. Hotels often run at least $100 a night, if not higher. Add in airfare, a rental car, and restaurant meals, and a family vacation becomes a privilege for those with the cash to afford them.

    What’s a more affordable option? Heading to a national park, state park, or national forest.

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The End of Pot Prohibition As We Know It

    How much longer will it take before the United States declares a truce in the Drug War?

    This latter-day prohibition is taking an immense toll. And the stakes ought to be low, given that most Americans don’t want anyone jailed for being caught with small amounts of pot.

    But it does require some courage to pipe up. So thank you, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, for joining the swelling chorus that wants to see marijuana legalized.

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When Academic Committees Play 'Police'

    If one believes even a significant fraction of the horror stories in the national news media, beastly male behavior has become almost epidemic on American college campuses. Tales of drunken sexual assaults and worse multiply from sea to shining sea.

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Worth More: One Man or an Entire City?

    A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, North Dakota, are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Michigan, are state capitals.

    About 100,000 people live in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic. The same goes for Burbank, California and Springfield, Ohio.

    Most of America’s cities of 100,000 now share one uncomfortable reality.

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Pro-business populism?

    Here's the thing to watch in this year's campaign: Democrats are trying to be populists and pro-business moderates at the same time.

     The tea party's success in transforming the Republican Party is making this two-step possible as conservatism's increasingly ferocious opposition to government creates points of friction with both business and middle-class constituencies.

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Suing Obamacare Is Washington's Summer Rerun

    On television, summer reruns are becoming a thing of the past. Noting a jump in demand for fresh entertainment in the hot months, TV execs are responding with original programming.

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The Get Obama show goes on

    It's beginning to seem like the longest running off-Broadway show, the Republican effort to end the Obama presidency prematurely. The latest act was staged the other day before the House Rules Committee.

    It was considering House Speaker John Boehner's proposal that the House of Representatives sue Obama for failing to do his job in fully implementing the Affordable Care Act, which the Grand Old Party has been trying to kill off ever since Congress enacted it in 2010.

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July 13th

Health-care realities vs. free-market fantasies

    Black helicopter watch can get lonely, even if there’s one always just over the horizon.

    Any day now, for instance, President Obama will assemble the death panels of his health-care designs, appointing the extraterrestrials we suspected he would, to a thousand cable-televised told-you-sos.

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Because We Are Not There Yet

    Once again I call attention to that intrepid group that gathered in Seneca Falls, New York, on a hot July day in 1848. Little did they know what a long difficult struggle it would be before the success of their mission in August of 1920: the vote for women.

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Passing Gas to the Consumer

    Gas prices at the pump during the July 4th extended weekend were the highest they have been in six years. This, of course, has little to do with supply-and-demand economics. It has everything to do with supply-and-gouge profits.

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