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June 11th, 2014

Private Equity Is Becoming a Public Problem

    A few weeks ago, a top official at the Securities and Exchange Commission reported on what he called a "remarkable" amount of potentially illegal behavior in the private equity industry -- aka the industry that buys up, changes and sells off smaller companies.

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June 8th

Insanity Extends Beyond the Shooters

    During this past week, in Scranton, Pa., a 16-year old put two bullets into the head of a taxi driver and then stole about $500 earned by the cabbie that evening.

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Obama: True Champion of the Planet

    To those on the left who say Barack Obama hasn’t done anything about climate change: Time to eat those words.

    To those who cup their ears and hum loudly when climate scientists say something has to be done: Time to keep cupping.

    Obama has done more than any person on the planet to reduce the gases that endanger it by altering its climate.

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Not Practicing What We Preach

    This nation has long ballyhooed the virtues of education but what we do speaks so loudly we can't hear what is said.  Every politician no matter what office s/he is running for always has a statement supporting education, to the point leaving one to wonder if s/he is not seeking  the wrong office.

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Yes, Lego ladies, you can have it all

    Now, was that so hard?

    A lovely Ellen Kooijman-designed "Research Institute" of female scientist minifigurines doing cool science things will be a set of Legos soon, the Danish toymaker announced, after it gained enthusiastic support in the Lego Ideas online competition.

    This was a long time coming.

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When soldiers walk off

    In the 1970s, Vietnam veteran-turned-novelist Tim O'Brien created Pvt. Cacciato, an impulsive soldier who, one fine day, gathered up rations, water, maps and a compass and, as O'Brien mordantly put it, "left the war," telling his buddies that he intended to walk all the way to Paris.

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Reminding Cuomo he's a Democrat

    For Democrats who want their party to meet the needs of working Americans - not just split the difference between Wall Street and everybody else - last weekend's party convention in New York provides a ray of hope.

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Virginia judge has a plan to help veterans who end up in court

    Every month or so, in the parade of offenders coming before her in court, she'd spot a veteran.

    Usually it was for a misdemeanor, a squabble, assault and battery, something petty.

    Then Penney Azcarate, chief judge of the Fairfax County General District Court, would see the same guy in court again. For something more serious.

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Carson may find politics is job for politicians

    Ben Carson is following in the footsteps of Walter Cronkite and Lee Iacocca as a nonpolitician being publicly mentioned as a candidate for the most political of jobs, the U.S. presidency.

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What people don't understand about the Bergdahl deal

    The news channels are blaring two misconceptions about the recovery of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban for five years until this past weekend, when he was traded for five Guantánamo Bay detainees.

    First, contrary to claims by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and others, the Obama administration did not negotiate with "terrorists" to get Bergdahl back.

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