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September 18th, 2014

American Horror Story

    Like the smattering of other Americans who still pay close attention to the wearying spectacle of our country's politics, I worry about what will happen on Nov. 4, the day of the midterm elections.

    But I worry even more about what will happen the day after, when a nation of people fed up with the stubborn dysfunction of our country's government realize that nothing's going to change and we're in for more of the same.

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Inversion Delusion

    On Monday, the Tax Policy Center in Washington held a panel discussion on the subject of "corporate inversions" - the practice of taking over a small company in someplace like Ireland or the Netherlands, and then using that takeover to "relocate" to the foreign country for tax reasons. One of the panelists was John Samuels, chief tax lawyer for General Electric.

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Could Jim Webb mount credible challenge to Clinton?

    Jim Webb could be Hillary Clinton's worst nightmare.

    The former one-term Virginia senator and Vietnam War veteran is making sounds about running for president as a Democrat. He was in Iowa last month; a New Hampshire trip may be in the offing, and he's giving a major speech at the National Press Club in two weeks.

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Cease fire in cafeteria food fight

    Back in the ‘70s as a reporter for the college newspaper, I went to a faculty nutrition expert for a story about hunger in America.

    Sounded relevant, right?

    Well, “hunger” had barely escaped my lips before the professor turned the pretext of my visit around.

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Twitter's bid for 'relevance'

    If a chicken somewhere ever became convinced that the sky was falling, we would hear about it on Twitter first.

    On Twitter, news spreads like wildfire, unfiltered, from the ground up. In fact, sometimes impatient wildfires get on Twitter to speed the process along.

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Scots, What the Heck?

    Next week Scotland will hold a referendum on whether to leave the United Kingdom. And polling suggests that support for independence has surged over the past few months, largely because pro-independence campaigners have managed to reduce the "fear factor" - that is, concern about the economic risks of going it alone. At this point the outcome looks like a tossup.

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Crime, Bias and Statistics

    Discussions of the relationship between blacks and the criminal justice system in this country too often grind to a halt as people slink down into their silos and arm themselves with their best rhetorical weapons - racial bias on one side and statistics in which minorities, particularly blacks, are overrepresented as criminals on the other.

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Obama caught in a Catch-22 in Syria

    In reluctantly deciding to take the fight against the terrorist Islamic State into Syria, President Obama finds himself caught in a political and military version of "Catch-22."

    He is poised to launch heavy air attacks on the Islamic State for the threat they pose to the Western democracies, theoretically from Western turncoats with British and American passports who could return as suicide bombers.

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September 11th

The e-cigarette dilemma

    E-cigarettes pose a public policy conundrum. They are a gateway drug -- but it's not, or hasn't been, entirely clear in which direction most traffic through that gateway flows.

    For some existing smokers, particularly those for whom other efforts to quit have failed, electronic cigarettes offer the advantage of a nicotine delivery device without risking the health consequences of smoking tobacco.

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Is Mitt Romney contemplating another run?

    As the crystal ball on the 2016 Republican presidential nomination remains blurred , two-time loser Mitt Romney appears willing at least to entertain the possibility of trying a third time.

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