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February 19th, 2015

You say debt; I say tax dodging

    The world is awash in debt -- but a lot of it isn't real. The culprits are the big accounting firms that have been mass-marketing tax avoidance strategies to their clients. The result is that official statistics have become so skewed that it's almost impossible to draw intelligent conclusions from them.

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What The Right Doesn't Get About Obama And Religion

    Because I'm not running for anything, I can give it to you straight: Christianity pretty much got out of the genocide business when church and state became separated in the United States and Europe following the American Revolution. As a consequence, all of the truly impressive mass murders in living memory were carried out by secular ideologues worshipping the nation state -- a superstition to which millions of Americans are not entirely immune.

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Telling the Truth about Religious Violence

    President Barack Obama committed the ultimate political blunder the other day. He blurted out the truth.

    Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast, he warned his Christian brethren against “getting up on our high horse” when condemning the violence of Muslim terrorists.

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Muslims, Marriage and Bigotry

    In North Carolina, three young Muslims who were active in charity work were murdered, allegedly by a man who identified as atheist and expressed hostility to Islam and other faiths. Police are exploring whether it was a hate crime, and it spurred a #MuslimLivesMatter campaign on Twitter.

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Marshaling Marooned Tax Dollars

    Republican lawmakers have largely greeted President Barack Obama’s new spending plan as dead on arrival.

    But at least one provision has a chance of becoming law: a plan to tax the profits that large U.S. corporations have parked in offshore tax shelters and use that money to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

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Green Believers

    By framing measles vaccinations as a matter of choice, Senator Rand Paul made himself — along with all politicians who value individual liberty more than the common good — look silly.

    Bruce Jenner is sporting nail polish and a ponytail. If the Olympic gold medalist gets both a new identity a personal reality TV show, it may take a bite out of discrimination against trans people.

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Eating Local in the Wintertime

    “Has nobody in this bleeping town heard of a kale salad?” I wanted to scream.

    That’s the anguish of a Californian convert transplanted to Wisconsin in the dead of winter.

    As I remind anyone who tries to assure me that Madison is a lovely town and Wisconsin has gorgeous summers, I came back for grad school — not the weather.

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Companies need 50 shades of graying workers

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Brian Williams' fall: From storyteller to yarn spinner

    If anyone would be upset with Brian Williams, I figured that it would be Doug Sterner. The decorated Vietnam veteran has made a career out of tracking down heroes who deserve to be honored and exposing the "stolen valor" of phonies who don't.

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