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January 29th, 2015

Stop Making Excuses for Nonvoting Millennials

    The recent economic crisis hit the American middle class hard. But for the youngest adults trying to gain a foothold in the good life, it's been devastating.

    So why did so few millennials, the huge cohort of 18- to 29-year-olds, vote last November? Only 21 percent bothered.

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Republicans befuddled by Obama plan to cut middle-class taxes

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GOP stays stubborn about climate change

    We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress -- some of them cynical, others clueless -- in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

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Darwinism may solve the problem of banks 'too big to fail'

    Global market regulators are still wrestling with the "too big to fail" problem of protecting taxpayers from the consequences of a large financial institution collapsing. Most initiatives focus on the right-hand side of the issue, demanding banks hold more capital to make failure less likely. There are hints, though, that a wave of Darwinism may address the left-hand words instead, with enlightened self- interest prompting banks to shrink.

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Cradle to Ivory Tower

    Leaving aside all of the other good arguments both for and against it, I have one big problem with the proposal for free community college that President Barack Obama recently outlined and will surely describe anew in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

    It's awfully late in the game.

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'Selma' shows what it takes to make real change

    John Gardner, a cabinet secretary in President Lyndon Johnson's administration who later founded Common Cause, once said that a requisite for effective citizen action, and governing, was to build an "inside-outside alliance."

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Families of the fallen: Fighting to remember, fighting to forget

    Hundreds of American families are still fighting the war in Afghanistan. But they're fighting it at home.

    Fighting to remember, fighting to forget. Fighting to understand how to move forward in a world without their war hero.

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Could a Romney run make Jeb Bush a winner?

    He didn't mean to. Mitt Romney's tentative entry into the 2016 Republican presidential fray was intended to stop Jeb Bush in his tracks, freezing the drift toward Bush by the Republican establishment-donor-class-realist- pragmatists or whatever you want to call the guys accustomed to calling the party's shots. Instead, it's more likely that Romney has done Bush a big favor.

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A Detainee's Diary

    Last week, several Republican senators, including John McCain, called on President Barack Obama to stop releasing detainees from the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Their argument was that after the terror attacks in Paris, the 122 prisoners still in Guantánamo should be made to stay right where they are, where they can do the West no harm.

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How Expensive It Is to Be Poor

    This month, the Pew Research Center released a study that found that most wealthy Americans believed "poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return."

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