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01/29/2015 - 11:39pm

    Many of the tax proposals in the White House plan released this week make good sense -- and you don't need to be a liberal to think so. President Barack Obama could easily have pitched them in a way that appealed to fiscal conservatives. He pitched them, instead, in a way that can only have been...

01/29/2015 - 10:46pm

    Leaving aside all of the other good arguments both for and against it, I have one big problem with the proposal for free community college that President Barack Obama recently outlined and will surely describe anew in his State of the Union address on...

01/29/2015 - 10:38pm

    It's now official: 2014 was the warmest year on record. You might expect this to be a politically important milestone. After all, climate change deniers have long used the blip of 1998 - an unusually hot year, mainly due to an upwelling of warm water in...

01/29/2015 - 10:18pm

    The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.

    The idea of a "culture war" was...

01/23/2015 - 3:43am

    I would have thought the French had a better sense of irony.

    One day they are marching in defiant support of offensive speech. The next they are threatening to prosecute people for it.

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01/23/2015 - 3:42am

    Just after Christmas, Veronica Rutledge of Blackfoot, Idaho, took her 2-year-old son to a Wal-Mart store to spend holiday gift cards. As they strolled by the electronics section, according to news reports, the toddler reached into his mom's purse and...

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