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July 16th, 2015

Humans Don't Domesticate Cats; Cats Domesticate Humans

            As one who has rarely owned fewer than a half-dozen dogs and cats, people who don't like pets make me uneasy. Often it's about control issues. The sheer otherness of domestic animals offends their self-importance. How dare a mere cat ignore them?

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Germany's debt fixation

            As the minutes tick down before Sunday's deadline for Greece to reach an agreement with its creditors or else face bankruptcy, the Greeks and their supporters are accusing Germany, their main creditor, of hypocrisy. After all, in 1953, Germany's creditors forgave half that nation's debt so that the fledgling republic could recover from the war Germany had inflicted on those creditors, and thrive economically.

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Founders' intentions got redistricted right off the map

            Most Americans don't know how long it took for a notion "conceived in liberty" in 1776 to gestate. For a notion to become a nation, that is.

            Eleven years is how long it took: seven years of war, four years of legal flux, before the Constitution was signed.

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Breathing life into the presidential debates

            The only noteworthy aspect of the otherwise meaningless Donald Trump spurt in the public-opinion polls is that if it holds up, it will buy him a ticket into the first of the Republican debates in Cleveland early next month.

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A lesson in service from World War II

            On April 24, 1944, 2nd Lt. John R. Pedevillano was flying in a B-17 over Nazi territory when the fighters escorting his formation were drawn away in combat, leaving the bombers defenseless against air and ground fire for an hour.

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The Wasted Gift of Donald Trump

            I keep reading that Donald Trump is wrecking the Republican Party. I keep hearing that he’s a threat to the fortunes of every other Republican presidential candidate, because he sullies the brand and puts them in an impossible position.

            What bunk. The truth is that he’s an opportunity for them as golden as the namesake nameplates on his phallic towers, if only they would seize it.

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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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