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02/26/2015 - 5:41pm

    Regular readers know that I sometimes mock "very serious people" - politicians and pundits who solemnly repeat conventional wisdom that sounds tough-minded and realistic. The trouble is that sounding serious and being serious are by no means the same thing, and some of...

02/26/2015 - 5:05pm

    Like many Americans, I've been wary of labor unions.

    Full-time union stagehands at Carnegie Hall earning more than $400,000 a year? A union hailing its defense of a...

02/26/2015 - 5:05pm

    In his 1973 classic film, "Sleeper," Woody Allen plays a cryogenically preserved Greenwich Village health food entrepreneur who is brought back to life in the year 2173.

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02/26/2015 - 5:04pm

    Someday soon, will all our jobs involve keeping extraordinarily rich people entertained?

    These days, that prospect doesn’t seem all that far-fetched.

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02/26/2015 - 5:04pm

    Housebound in an ice storm, the columnist finds himself distracted by online trivia and tempted to yell at the TV:

    -- Washington Post headline: "Williams undone by...

02/26/2015 - 5:03pm

    What do the executives who run money-losing companies make? Millions of dollars if they’re coal overlords.

    Take Gregory Boyce. He’s pocketed more than $60...

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