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Wal-Mart scrooges us all

The nation’s largest retailer is passing the cost of health care onto you. 

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Posted: oct. 25, 2014 12:13 a.m. | | Wal-Mart scrooges us all Comments 0 Comments

Terrorist-sympathizing opera

The Metropolitan Opera in New York City is hardly a site for hundreds of angry protesters. But they have erupted over their current selection, an opera called “The Death of Klinghoffer.” Leon Klinghoffer was the 69-year-old paralyzed New Yorker who in 1985 was aboard the hijacked cruise ship Achille Lauro, then executed by Islamic terrorists because he was a Jew. The terrorists forced the ship’s barber and a waiter to throw his body and his wheelchair overboard off the coast of Egypt. 

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Posted: oct. 24, 2014 1:21 a.m. | | Terrorist-sympathizing opera Comments 0 Comments

Why are so many reporters liberal?

You heard it here first.

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Posted: oct. 23, 2014 1:00 a.m. | | Why are so many reporters liberal? Comments 0 Comments

Off to war we go

Here we go again — into yet another war in a tumultuous swath of the world we still don’t comprehend. For a preview of what we’re stepping into in Iraq and Syria, let’s remember Afghanistan.

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Posted: oct. 22, 2014 1:12 a.m. | | Off to war we go Comments 0 Comments

Spare sermon on seizing sermons

If you believe Houston Mayor Annise Parker, then you have to believe that when lawyers for her city subpoenaed five local pastors and demanded their sermons, the episode represented an unfortunate instance of lawyer overreach, with no intent to harass or intimidate the opposition.

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Posted: oct. 21, 2014 2:33 a.m. | | Spare sermon on seizing sermons Comments 0 Comments

Jerry Brown: Caucus of 1

I know Republicans who voted for Jerry Brown in 2010. They thought he’d be like Richard Nixon going to China and stand up to public employee unions by fixing a dysfunctional pension system. They thought he’d live up to his pose as elder sage, ready to do what’s best for California. After he won a return engagement as governor, Brown liked to bloviate about the need for elected officials to demonstrate “loyalty to California.”

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Posted: oct. 20, 2014 12:19 a.m. | | Jerry Brown: Caucus of 1 Comments 0 Comments

Goodbye, Christopher Columbus

In 1492, “Columbus sailed the ocean blue” and discovered the New World. And Oct. 12 was once a celebrated holiday in America.

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Posted: oct. 18, 2014 1:00 a.m. | | Goodbye, Christopher Columbus Comments 0 Comments

EBOLA CORRECTNESS

Growing up in Washington in the 1930s and ‘40s, our home was, several times, put under quarantine. A poster would be tacked on the door indicating the presence within of a contagious disease — measles, mumps, chicken pox, scarlet fever.

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Posted: oct. 17, 2014 1:23 a.m. | | EBOLA CORRECTNESS Comments 0 Comments

Death on demand: Not dignity

I’d like to think that if I got the bad news that Brittany Maynard received — terminal cancer with a prognosis of less than six months left to live — I’d be like her. I’d like to be stoic and brave. I’d like to take charge of the rest of my cruelly abbreviated life. If I were facing death at age 29, I would want to find meaning in an end come too soon.

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Posted: oct. 16, 2014 12:29 a.m. | | Death on demand: Not dignity Comments 0 Comments

You can’t make this stuff up

Just in the United States, the cosmetics industry pulls in some $70 billion a year in sales of what’s commonly called “makeup.” But lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, and the like aren’t the only kind of makeup the cosmetic giants are peddling.

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Posted: oct. 15, 2014 1:15 a.m. | | You can’t make this stuff up Comments 0 Comments

Corporate largesse

Corporations are funneling money to right-wing governors who work against the interests of their customers and employees.

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Posted: oct. 13, 2014 12:47 a.m. | | Corporate largesse Comments 0 Comments

Will next top cop back legal pot?

Practically everyone expects California Attorney General Kamala Harris to win re-election handily in November. The Democrat won 53 percent of the vote in a crowded June primary. A rising star expected to ascend someday to the governorship, perhaps a U.S. Senate seat, Harris has won the endorsement of major newspapers in the state. She’s such an attractive candidate that even though it was true, President Barack Obama had to apologize last year for calling her “by far the best-looking attorney general in the country.”

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 11:09 p.m. | | Will next top cop back legal pot? Comments 0 Comments

Try to buy baloney sandwich with that

Rather than urge guests to leave bigger tips and thank you notes, Marriott should pay its housekeepers a living wage.

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 11:08 p.m. | | Try to buy baloney sandwich with that Comments 0 Comments

College: It takes a mentor

I paid less than $10,000 to earn my college degree from a top-ranked school.

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Posted: oct. 10, 2014 12:38 a.m. | | College: It takes a mentor Comments 0 Comments

Health care: Only in America

I hadn’t heard from my friend John in some time.

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Posted: oct. 09, 2014 12:41 a.m. | | Health care: Only in America Comments 0 Comments

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