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September 18th, 2014

No new war without congressional approval

    How does a war-weary president convince a war-weary nation to start another war? In a prime-time address to the nation on Wednesday evening, President Obama tried.

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Cuomo challenger teaches Democratic establishment an economic lesson

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Buying into Alibaba's IPO means buying into China's dark side

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has launched the marketing "roadshow" for a $21 billion-plus initial public offering to take place this month. If all goes according to the company's plans, it could be the biggest IPO in Wall Street history.

    In New York, so many potential investors flocked to see Alibaba founder Jack Ma at a Waldorf Astoria ballroom that the line to get on the elevator ran through the lobby.

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A Man With A Plan

    It's a tough time to be a concerned citizen. The truth of the matter is, the job has always been messy.

    But it's way worse when the subject is foreign policy.

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When sportsmen behave badly -- again

    Again the sports world is rattled by men behaving badly, but this time with a twist: NFL player Ray Rice tried to stay when he should have gone, while NBA team owner Bruce Levenson left despite good reasons for him to stick around.

    The only good thing to be said about Rice's case is the argument it makes for security cameras.

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The Measles Are Back

    No, it's not a rock group. You're lucky if you can't remember. It's a disease that was gone, and now it's back. So, by the way, is whooping cough, another dreaded childhood disease that had been effectively wiped out.

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The Leaf Blower Divide

    When new neighbors moved in next door, I didn’t hold off long before broaching the Big Question.

    Even though we live in Washington, D.C., this had nothing to do with politics. For me, neighborly harmony hinges on where folks stand on this divide: leaf blower vs. rake.

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That Gosh Darn Minimum Wage

   Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to share his long-repressed feelings about a traumatic event. “It was,” the Kentucky Republican confided, grim-faced, “the worst day of my political life.”

    Was he talking about the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America? No.

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Janay Rice is the real victim

    Reader, she married him. The day after he was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault for knocking her unconscious.

    I would say allegedly knocking her unconscious, but there's no doubt: Janay Palmer -- now Janay Rice -- was out cold after Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice unleashed his left hook on her.

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For Loyalty, Toughness, A Basset Hound Is Unbeatable

    We ended up adopting Fred due to his incorrigible stubbornness. Originally bred to track game, basset hounds can be amazingly persistent. It sometimes appears that when their noses are working, their hearing shuts down.

    Fred, however, could hear you all right. Sometimes, he'd even glance your way as he snuffled along a rabbit trail. But you just had to go fetch him. Fortunately, Fred was never super-quick and took no evasive actions -- although you pretty much had to drag him home.

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