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September 24th, 2015

Chicago’s Taxpayer-Funded Ode to Robber Barons

    History, as the old adage goes, is written by the winners. Even though many “winners” are losers as human beings.

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Iran Deal Players’ Report Card

    The Iran nuclear deal is now sealed — from Washington’s end. But since this has been one of America’s most important foreign policy shifts in the last four decades, it’s worth looking back and grading the performance of the key players.

 

    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Grade: A.

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GOP's debate tests its media partner plan

    Republicans are about to find out whether their strategy of engineering a "better" presidential primary debate will pay off.

    Wednesday night's GOP debates from Simi Valley, California - undercard at 6 p.m., main event at 8 p.m. Eastern time - are the first that will be presented this year by a partnership of media organizations, an arrangement dictated by the Republican National Committee.

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Did Charlie Hebdo mock the dead refugee boy?

    The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has become obsessed with Aylan Kurdi, the drowned Syrian toddler who became a symbol of Europe's refugee crisis. It came as a shock to many people who supported the publication after it was attacked by terrorists this year, and the social networks are filled with indignation. It's still the same Charlie, though, and it's doing a great job.

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Clinton's big obstacle is herself

    She keeps putting obstacles in her own path, but Hillary Clinton remains the odds-on favorite to become our next president.

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Bernie's Problem With Blacks -- and Others

    So Barack Obama is "a Rockefeller Republican in blackface." He's "a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs" and "a black puppet of corporate plutocrats." Those are the words of Cornel West, an African-American academic whom Bernie Sanders invites to campaign beside him.

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A United States of Europe? Good luck

    Otmar Issing, one of the original draftsmen of European Monetary Union and the first chief economist of the European Central Bank, isworriedthat the current guardians of the project are trying to push it too far, too fast. He's right; and if the panjandrums aren't careful, they risk trying to build a United States of Europe without the backing of the 338 million people who share the euro as their currency, never mind the other 162 million who are merely members of the European Union.

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To them, climate action represents 'system threat'

    If Ben Carson reads one word of all the information he just got about climate change, he should immediately end his candidacy for the Republican nomination.

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The right to bury the (online) past

    Imagine your 18-year-old daughter is decapitated in a car accident. Gruesome police photographs of her body are leaked onto the Internet. Every time someone searches your family's name, the photos pop up at the top of the page. That's what happened to Christos and Lesli Catsouras because in the United States, unlike in Europe, search engines are not required to act on requests by individuals to remove such links.

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The Pyramid Scheme Problem

    “I have nothing for you,” said Frank Dorman, a spokesman for the Federal Trade Commission. “Lots of reporters have asked that question. Our final response is, We’re not going to answer it.”

    What had I asked that was so sensitive that the FTC wouldn’t respond? I had requested that the agency explain what distinguished an illegal “pyramid scheme” from a legal multilevel marketing company.

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