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September 25th, 2014

A plan to raise pay

    The fight to increase Americans' stagnant incomes is, at long last, growing more serious. This week, with the explicit backing of the House Democratic Caucus, Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, is introducing a bill that would prompt corporations to reward workers - not just top executives and major shareholders - for their gains in productivity.

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Why some parents love the whip too much

    Retired NBA star Charles Barkley has exposed a hazardous culture clash in the Texas indictment of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for child abuse.

    If parents are going to be sent to jail for giving their children a "whipping," then "every black parent in the South is going to be in jail."

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Vintage Clinton on display

    Hillary Clinton is about as subtle as a jackhammer. The Hill reported on her weekend trip to Iowa:

    "As the former secretary of State took the stage at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's, D-Iowa, final steak fry, she told the crowd: 'Hello Iowa - I'm ba-ack!'

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Theater Of War Unavoidable For Commander-In-Chief

    Maybe next time, they'll award the Nobel Peace Prize at the end of a politician's tenure rather than the beginning. There was always something mildly farcical about the Swedish committee recognizing President Obama's lofty rhetoric in advance of real achievements.

    It's like awarding the Oscar before the movie's released.

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The Messy Campaign Against the Islamic State

    President Barack Obama's rollout of a military campaign in Syria against the Islamic State gets messier by the day.

    Obama's initial framing of the campaign, as a limited effort in partnership with allies, to degrade the Islamic State, made sense, and it was encouraging that Obama dampened expectations and clearly understood how much could go wrong.

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Ted Cruz Dreams Up Assorted Fossil Fuel Favors

    Let’s take a cruise down the narrow byways and twisting turns that form Senator Ted Cruz’s mind.

    The first right turn on our road trip brings us to a sweeping view of the Texas Republican’s Energy Renaissance Act, a proposal so studded with fossil fuel favors that it ought be called the “Exxon Mobil Relief Act.”

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Taxing the #RichKids

    It doesn’t take long for viewers of #RichKids of Beverly Hills to realize the show is deliberately trying to make you feel poor.

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Sex Is the Least of It

    Let us all contemplate the fact that Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina is running for re-election unopposed.

    Sanford was, of course, the governor who sneaked off to Argentina for an assignation while his befuddled aides claimed he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

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Hillary and the Iowa steak fry

    Democrats from around the country, and political chroniclers as well, again flocked to Iowa last weekend for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry, a traditional event for raising cholesterol levels and presidential ambitions.

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Candidate Clinton then and now

    The headline out of Hillary Clinton's visit to Iowa was her flagrant flirtation with the prospect of another presidential campaign. The more interesting part was the shortest of sneak previews of the race she seems increasingly certain to run.

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