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Chelsea Clinton’s baby, politicized

Chelsea Clinton announced she’s going to be a mother this year. That should elicit the same reaction reserved for the daughter of any former president: a polite “how nice.” But this is a Clinton. Everything with the Clintons gets filtered through politics. It is fitting (and equally crass) that this news is met with this reaction: “Hillary (Clinton) in 2016. Does it help or hurt?”

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Posted: apr. 23, 2014 9:11 p.m. | | Chelsea Clinton’s baby, politicized Comments 0 Comments

Cruder than Alberta tar sands

According to experts cited by The New York Times, President Barack Obama’s eventual decision on the Keystone XL pipeline — last week, the administration once again postponed a decision — “will have a marginal impact on global warming emissions.” The global economy releases lots of greenhouse gas — 32.6 billion metric tons of carbon in 2011. The Keystone XL pipeline would add 18.7 million metric tons. In the global greenhouse gas picture, it won’t make a dent.

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Posted: apr. 23, 2014 9:10 p.m. | | Cruder than Alberta tar sands Comments 0 Comments

America’s war on veterans

Do you remember Cory Remsburg? He’s the Army Ranger who received a standing ovation from Congress during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in January.

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Posted: apr. 21, 2014 8:05 p.m. | | America’s war on veterans Comments 0 Comments

High-speed fastballs & trades

The sweet-swinging Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera may or may not turn out to be, by the time he retires, the best hitter in baseball history. But Cabrera already holds a historic distinction Just before the opening day of the 2014 baseball season, the 31-year-old slugger became America’s highest-paid professional ballplayer ever.

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Chickens come home to roost

When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Empire an “evil empire,” the phrase reflected his conviction that while the East-West struggle was indeed a global geostrategic conflict, it had a deep moral dimension.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2014 11:33 p.m. | | Chickens come home to roost Comments 0 Comments

San Francisco: City of the rich

In the “Star Trek” movies, San Francisco serves as headquarters of Starfleet Command. This cracks me up to no end, as I cannot imagine the Board of Supervisors approving construction of Starfleet Academy or the oddly shaped high-rises you see in the background. And if City Hall somehow did approve the project, you know there’d be some ballot measure to kill the deal. The grounds could be endless: No photon torpedoes. Too many techies already. What about affordable housing?

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Posted: apr. 18, 2014 11:12 p.m. | | San Francisco: City of the rich Comments 0 Comments

Rep. Paul Ryan’s joke is on us

My guess is that Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s highly touted budget guru, doesn’t have a very tight grip on the concept of irony.

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Posted: apr. 18, 2014 11:12 p.m. | | Rep. Paul Ryan’s joke is on us Comments 0 Comments

Snitchgate: Sharpton still lying

If the Rev. Al Sharpton, the bigoted, anti-Semitic, non-tax paying race-hustling poverty pimp, had any credibility left, it just vanished. 

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Posted: apr. 18, 2014 1:03 a.m. | | Snitchgate: Sharpton still lying Comments 0 Comments

Wall Street’s MIA ethics

Let’s review the rap sheet of Wall Street banks: defrauding investors, cheating homeowners, money laundering, rigging markets, tax evasion, credit card ripoffs… and so sickeningly much more.

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Posted: apr. 18, 2014 1:02 a.m. | | Wall Street’s MIA ethics Comments 0 Comments

Obamacare, Part Two

As I walked into the pharmacy, the technician who has kept track of all of my prescriptions for years was on an endless call trying to figure out who is going to deliver her baby and where.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2014 12:05 a.m. | | Obamacare, Part Two Comments 0 Comments

Want to see where your taxes go?

Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns by April 15 each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2014 12:06 a.m. | | Want to see where your taxes go? Comments 0 Comments

Nevada showdown: All hat, no cattle

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his well-armed supporters forced the well-armed federal government to back down and return Bundy’s seized cows — which were seized because Bundy, 67, stopped paying grazing fees in 1993. How does anyone get the government to back down?

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The end of ideology?

On our TV talk shows and op-ed pages, and in our think tanks here, there is rising alarm over events abroad. And President Obama is widely blamed for the perceived decline in worldwide respect for the United States. 

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Censorship works for Demos

On April 1, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray was denied a second term, defeated in the primary by upstart city councilwoman Muriel Bowser. The beginning of the end came on March 10, when U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen struck a plea bargain with a wealthy businessman who confessed he’d spent $668,000 on an illegal “shadow campaign” to fund get-out-the-vote efforts that helped Gray win the mayoral office in 2010.

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Uncle Sam just can’t say no

The Social Security Disability Insurance program is in big trouble. In 2016, the program’s trust fund is expected to run out of money. When that happens, there will be “large across-the-board cuts for all beneficiaries,” warn James Lankford, the Republican chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees entitlements, and Jackie Speier, the subcommittee’s ranking Democrat. Those cuts will be painful for the “truly disabled,” whom the system originally was designed to serve.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2014 9:48 p.m. | | Uncle Sam just can’t say no Comments 0 Comments

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