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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:48pm
    The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it's still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:48pm
    President Obama's plan to transform the U.S. health-care market is once again in trouble. This time, two Republican-appointed judges on a federal appeals court have invalidated a key portion of the program.    ...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:48pm
    The online rental booking service Airbnb is a fast-growing empire that pairs travelers with people wanting to profit off a room in their house -- or the whole house. Like VRBO, HomeAway and similar platforms, Airbnb occupies the...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:47pm
    Twice a year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce convenes what it calls its Committee of 100 - which is composed of heads of regional chambers and Washington trade associations. They hear about the business climate from the chamber's...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:47pm
    The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel's latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints.     As of this writing, nearly 750 Palestinians...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:47pm
    Congressional midterm elections, the poor cousin to presidential voting in the American political system, will take on a critical role for President Obama in November. The results may well determine whether he will become a premature...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:46pm
    I will readily admit that I have been all over the map when it comes to the death penalty.     As a young lawyer and law professor, I was opposed to it. Actually, it was easy to be against it. The evidence that it...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:45pm
    Roger Angell takes off his brown J. Press sports coat and blue cap, yanks out his hearing aids, stashes his cane, and sits down for a shave and haircut at Delta barbershop at 72nd and Lex., the same spot he's patronized for 40...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:45pm
    You need to stop sending your kids to Ivy League schools.     In brief, according to an article in the New Republic by William Deresiewicz, who taught at Yale for 10 years, the students who are sent there are...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:45pm
    As the politics of immigration play out, grimly so, and with the send-'em-all-back crowd and the build-bigger-walls cabal vying for control of the outcome, little attention goes to the justice-seeking lawyers in the border states...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:40pm
    Travel season is here, when so many Americans decamp to Cape Cod or the Jersey Shore. All of which is wonderful, and someday I plan to do a 10-part series on the world's best beaches.     But travel can also be...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:40pm
    With the world going crazy, I tried running away from the news. It didn't work.     I've been doing an eco-survey of Madagascar, the island nation off the east coast of Africa that contains the highest...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:39pm
    In recent decisions, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court has made clear its view that corporations are people, with all the attendant rights. They are entitled to free speech, which in their case means spending lots of...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:39pm
    Remember how Democrats rushed into passing President Obama's Affordable Care Act back in 2010 while they still had the votes? Now health care for millions teeters on a typo.     The fate of ACA, also known --...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:38pm
    A group of white gun-rights advocates plan to sling rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic assault weapons onto their bodies, and walk through a Black neighborhood in Houston.     What could possibly go wrong with that...
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