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June 25th, 2015

Unhappy Meals

    McDonald’s is floundering.

    There’s no other way to say it. The global fast food chain has experienced declining U.S. sales for well over a year now. But why?

    I’d love to gloat that Americans have finally caught on that the Golden Arches peddles terrible food, but that might not be the case.

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The pope, the saint and the climate

    "He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable is the bond between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace."

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The Delusions of Dolezal

    Rachel Dolezal, a woman with no known black heritage, has apparently, through an elaborate scheme of deception and denial, claimed for years to be a product of black heritage.

    This has sparked a national conversation about how race is constructed and enforced, to what extent it is cultural and experiential, and whether it is mutable and adoptable.

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The Bush and Clinton shows get their spinoffs

    And so begins "Dynasty: Politics Edition," as the establishment candidates of 2016 reset their campaigns: Hillary Clinton did so on Saturday, with a tribute to her mom on New York's Roosevelt Island, and Jeb Bush showed off his makeover at Miami Dade College on Monday. 

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Taking Our Sweet Crude Time

    After a quarter-century of buzz over global warming, the climate talkers are at it again, doing whatever it is they do. Visitors to the next big climate change summit, in an act of glorious irony, will pack Paris-bound jets flown by Air France — one of the meeting’s big corporate sponsors with deep ties to fossil fuels.

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Robin Hood in Reverse

    One of the biggest questions of the day is: Why do the rich keep getting richer and the middle class keep getting poorer?

    This also ranks as the dumbest question of the day, week, month, or year. To anyone who’s been paying attention, it’s obvious why economic inequality in our land is growing:

    That’s what we asked for.

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Reintroducing ... Jeb!

    An exclamation point is a handy thing. Its very presence demands attention and, if properly deployed, can convey excitement, surprise, wonderment, even outrage.

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Malachi's World

    Meet Malachi, a charming toddler I met here.

    The first puzzle was that Malachi, at the age of 2 years and 4 months, still doesn't speak. He says only two words: "no" and "ouch." He doesn't say "mom" or "dad."

    That leads to the second puzzle: Where are his mom and dad?

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Dishing out Poverty Wages on Capitol Hill

    In 2008 Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein declared: “There are parts of government that can be run like a business and should be run like a business.”

    For the first time, the Senate had voted to privatize the restaurants and other food services on the Hill. Sure enough, those dining spots now turn a profit, because they’re being “run like a business” — specifically a business like McDonald’s.

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Democrats Underestimate Scott Walker At Their Own Peril

    Economically speaking, all 237 GOP presidential candidates are selling the same Magic Beans.

    Everybody knows the script. Tax cuts for wealthy "job creators" bring widespread prosperity. Top off Scrooge McDuck's bullion pool, and the benefits flow outward to everybody else. The economy surges, budget deficits melt away, and the song of the turtledove will be heard in the land.

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