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July 16th, 2015

Debt forgiveness should be Greece's parting gift

            Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" took the world by storm last year, is back in the spotlight as Greece teeters on the edge of bankruptcy's abyss. Germany, Piketty argued in a recent interview with Die Zeit newspaper, "has no standing to lecture other nations" because it is "the country that has never repaid its debts."

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As a Racing President, Cal finally comes to life

            As he barreled around the field, Calvin Coolidge - the taciturn, lackluster president remembered by nobody - shoved Honest Abe aside, then sprinted to the finish line just in time to push poor Teddy into the dirt, bagging a win on his first outing.

            How Washington is that?

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The only remedy for Greece is a cathartic exit

            Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis's  resignation -- even after Greek voters firmly backed the government's refusal to accept its creditors' demands for economic austerity -- is the clearest sign yet that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is serious about getting a new bailout deal. Unfortunately, it's probably too late to keep Greece in the euro.

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The Good Jobs Strategy

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Ex-Im bank's undeserved rap for crony capitalism

            It's tempting to celebrate the demise of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, whose authority expired last week. The bank, which subsidizes the sale of U.S. goods abroad, is held up by its congressional critics as an example of crony capitalism.

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Will the West let Ukraine die?

            A Ukrainian military unit last week released footage from a drone showing a large new Russian military base in eastern Ukraine, equipped with T-72 tanks, barracks, communications equipment and even a parade ground. International observers reported "increased intensity" of fighting in the region, in violation of a cease-fire.

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Ending Greece’s Bleeding

            Europe dodged a bullet on Sunday. Confounding many predictions, Greek voters strongly supported their government’s rejection of creditor demands. And even the most ardent supporters of European union should be breathing a sigh of relief.

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July 3rd

The acceleration of history

    Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation's 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.

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Whoopin’ and a-Hollerin’ for the Plantation Life

    Judge A. Joseph Antanavage, with shotgun in hand, stood before a modified Confederate battle flag, and looked as if he had planned to defend whatever it is that the Confederate flag stands for.

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Republicans still beating a dead horse

    The Supreme Court's decisive 6-3 vote confirming the right of all Americans to federally supported health-care insurance should end the Republican Party's losing war on Obamacare -- but it probably won't.

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