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Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:59pm
    In February, Wal-Mart, America's largest employer, announced that it will raise wages for half a million workers. For many of those workers the gains will be small, but the announcement is nonetheless a very big deal, for two...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:58pm
    Four years ago, I was surprised by how early in the evening on election night President Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel won the mayoral race in Chicago, a city whose elections are historically famous for long counts...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:58pm
    As with everything else here these days, the talk about the Affordable Care Act case before the Supreme Court this week will focus on ideological splits: Will any conservative justice join the four liberals all but certain to back...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:58pm
    I never know how to set my expectations for the Conservative Political Action Conference, also known as CPAC.     I try to approach it with as much of an open mind as I can muster, understanding that I am at odds,...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:57pm
    One of this city's current mysteries is why Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner wants to hold onto the job. His roughly four years in the post have been a nonstop struggle not only with the Democrat in the Oval Office...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:55pm
    When you get fed up with all the greed and narcissism that seems to rule our country, a good way to restore your faith in humankind is to reflect on the generosity of people like Ron Read — a philanthropist from Dummerston,...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:54pm
    For generations, Americans and others have been donating trees to Israel through the Jewish National Fund.     "Planting a tree in Israel is the perfect way to show you care," the fund says on its website....
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:54pm
    It is a vulgar truth universally acknowledged that the creators of "Sex and the City" on HBO, Darren Star and Michael Patrick King, ratcheted up the raunch of the original Candace Bushnell column about single women in...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:54pm
    Maybe those of us who write about politics and campaigns should adopt a bristly uniform of hair shirts, so that we're constantly atoning for our sins.     Maybe we should wear targets, the better for our critics...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:44pm
    Great news! Congress has voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security for a week.     Does that make you feel better, people? The department was due to run out of money Friday night, and the new congressional...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:43pm
    Sometimes it's hard to choose your poison, especially when all the options are horrible. That's what it's like when the District of Columbia decides to take on Congress over an issue of self- government.   ...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:42pm
    In 2008, The New York Times' great (and now former) labor reporter Steven Greenhouse authored a book titled "The Big Squeeze." The squeeze in question, of course, was the increasing economic pressure on America's...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:41pm
    This is not the Bill O'Reilly scandal we were looking for.     Attacking O'Reilly for being insufficiently attached to facts is like attacking the WWE for fixing fights. That's not really the point....
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:40pm
    With the Republicans now in control of both houses of Congress, President Obama has finally invoked his weapon of last resort against being run over by them, by vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline bill.     After more...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:40pm
    Money is often called the first primary, because there's nothing else out there to be officially judged by the FEC reports. There are no caucuses; there are no conventions; there is no voting. Real people don't get involved...
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