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July 13th, 2014

GOP now embraces frivolous lawsuits

    We all mourn the death of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, a great senator and statesman. And, no doubt, before his passing, Howard Baker mourned the death of the Republican Party he once knew and led so well. It ain't the same party anymore.

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Who Wants a Depression?

    One unhappy lesson we've learned in recent years is that economics is a far more political subject than we liked to imagine. Well, duh, you may say. But, before the financial crisis, many economists - even, to some extent, yours truly - believed that there was a fairly broad professional consensus on some important issues.

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Rules To Run By

    The 2014 election year is just kicking into gear, but we've learned so much already. Among the political pointers for candidates of the future:

    Do not attempt to curry favor with the voters by changing your name.

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How Not To Run a Company

    In the same week that a hedge fund, Standard General, essentially took over American Apparel, Bloomberg Businessweek published an eye-opening story about the company and its founder and former chief executive, Dov Charney. Eye-opening not in the usual manner when it comes to Charney: The magazine didn't uncover any new allegations of sexual harassment, nor did the reporter watch him engaging in oral sex, as a writer from Jane magazine once famously witnessed.

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The World According to Maxwell Smart, Part 1

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Those Girls Haven't Been Brought Back

    It has been almost three months since Islamic militants in northern Nigeria attacked a school that was giving exams and kidnapped more than 250 girls - some of the brightest and most ambitious teenagers in the region.

    Their captors have called them slaves and threatened to "sell them in the market." The girls were last seen, looking terrified, in a video two months ago.

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Bordering on heartless

    Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression.

    His crime? He announced plans to bring food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to at least some of the tens of thousands of Central American children who have crossed the border into the United States.

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An overriding need for reform now

    There's no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis first-hand, but he shouldn't have claimed that "I'm not interested in photo ops."

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Yousef's story

    The Israeli soldier shot Yousef Bashir in the back in the front yard of his father's house in Gaza. It was Feb. 18, 2004, a week after Yousef's 15th birthday. The bullet splintered into three fragments, severing nerves near the teenager's spine.

    Ten years later, Yousef describes the episode -- he learned to walk again, after months of rehabilitation in an Israeli hospital -- as life-changing, which makes sense, and a blessing, which astonishes.

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Sugar Babies

    The news that Google executive Forrest Hayes died on a yacht after being injected with heroin by a "date" he met on a website that connects "sugar daddies" with "sugar babies" has prompted not only charges against the woman, 26-year-old Alix Tichelman, and an investigation of a similar death (ruled accidental) involving Ms. Tichelman in 2013, but also questions about the website that brought the dead husband and father into contact with the woman who literally killed him.

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