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April 13th, 2014

Women can't afford the drinks on Equal Pay Day

    Gentlemen, raise a glass to Equal Pay Day. You've won again. You are still making about 25 percent more than the woman next to you who is pushing the same pencil, tapping the same computer keys, devising the same software or screwing in the same widget. Each year, a date in April is selected to illustrate how long into the current year a woman must work to match the amount a man doing the same job earned the previous year. We reached that milestone today.

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Return of the compassionate conservative?

    At a 25th anniversary reunion of old hands of the George H.W. Bush presidency at Texas A&M last weekend, the good will flowed in such abundance that the 89-year-old honoree remarked: "It's kinder and gentler all over the place."

    The observation referred to the senior President Bush's pledge, in accepting the 1988 Republican nomination, that if elected he would conduct a smiley-face administration. And in personal style, he pretty much lived up to it.

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LBJ's legacy and Obama's

    President Obama's speech at the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act inevitably invited further comparisons with its ultimate champion, President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Could LBJ do as much today?

    Fifty years later, it's hard to imagine the enactment of the Civil Rights Act by today's polarized Congress. Maybe, as the old saying goes, today's fighting is so vicious because the stakes are so small.

    We Americans fight less among ourselves when we clearly face a common enemy or crisis. In the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, for example, we showed a heartwarming level of national unity and sense of purpose for, oh, at least five or six days or so.

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No turning back: Obamacare is here to stay

    Like any other job, there are days when covering the White House gets old and boring. But, even for grizzled veteran reporters, there are also times when you look up and say to yourself: "This is important. We're actually watching history being made." And that's the case with Obamacare.

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Health Care Nightmares

    When it comes to health reform, Republicans suffer from delusions of disaster. They know, just know, that the Affordable Care Act is doomed to utter failure, so failure is what they see, never mind the facts on the ground.

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The Self-Sort

    This week, four presidents journeyed to Austin, Texas, to address the Civil Rights Summit and remark on President Lyndon B. Johnson's legacy on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

    That landmark act brought an end to legal racial segregation in public places.

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The Apple Chronicles

    So they're at it again, Apple and Samsung, fighting over patents in a courtroom in San Jose, Calif. They had a similar fight in 2012, in the same courtroom, which Apple won. Samsung has also won its share of these legal battles, including in Australia.

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A Loyal Soldier Doesn't Deserve This

    The only reason he is alive, says Mike Yurchison, is his girlfriend, Leigh Anna Landsberger. She sits with him through endless waits at Veterans Affairs, whispering that he's smarter than she is even if his brain is damaged. She helps him through his seizures, and she nags him to overcome drug addiction.

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Women's Unequal Lot

    I dropped in on my sister last week. As usual, I was amazed.

    I work a single job; she works three or four. There's her paid one at an executive search firm, finding and screening candidates for corner offices in the retail industry. Then there are the others.

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