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April 13th, 2014

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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Go Ahead, Vladimir, Make My Day

    So the latest news is that President Vladimir Putin of Russia has threatened to turn off gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev doesn't pay its overdue bill, and, by the way, Ukraine's pipelines are the transit route for 15 percent of gas consumption for Europe. If I'm actually rooting for Putin to go ahead and shut off the gas, does that make me a bad guy?

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A Wit For All Seasons

    I don't remember much about being on Stephen Colbert's show.

    It all passed in a blur of fear.

    I remember him coming into the makeup room to remind me that he was going to be in character as a jerk.

    I remember that he held up my book about gender and asked if it was "soft-core porn."

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A program conservatives should love

    We are at a point where we will soon have vicious ideological debates over motherhood and apple pie.

    Don't laugh. If we can agree on anything across our philosophical divides, surely we can support efforts to promote voluntary service by our fellow citizens and to strengthen our nation's extraordinary network of civic and religious charities.

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Democrats' revolting equal-pay demagoguery

    Here's a radical notion: It is simultaneously possible to believe that women are entitled to equal pay and to not support the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    Not that you'd know it from the rhetoric President Obama and fellow Democrats are happily flinging at Republicans who dare to oppose the measure.

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April 9th

GM's Cobalt Crisis

    The Chevrolet Cobalt is in many ways the perfect representation of the bad, old days of General Motors, when quality didn't much matter, market share was more important than profitability, and financial decisions came before design and even safety decisions.

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The Water Cooler Runs Dry

    If you're closing in on 50 but want to feel much, much older, teach a college course. I'm doing that now, at 49, and hardly a class goes by when I don't make an allusion that prompts my students to stare at me as if I just dropped in from the Paleozoic era.

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Jeb In The Vortex

    The epic sibling drama of the Republican Party is finally coming to a climax.

    For many years, George and Barbara Bush assumed that their second son, Jeb, would be a winner in politics, while W., their eldest, would be a loser.

    Jeb was the prince of the dynasty, destined to be king. (Poppy Bush would only call their dynasty "the d word," wrinkling his nose in a vain attempt to seem like a Greenwich populist.)

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On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

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Playing Hockey With Putin

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