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Republicans fail to offer viable option to Obamacare

Cagle Cartoons, Ted Kaufman
May 7 2014 - 2:05pm

When I cast my Senate vote for the Affordable Care Act in 2009, I had a lot of mixed feelings. The bill certainly didn't do everything I had hoped for, and I knew parts of it would have to be revised by future Congresses. But I was sure that the health-care system we had was broken, and the ACA went at least part of the way toward fixing it.I knew...

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Why we're no longer number one

Cagle Cartoons, Ron Paul
May 6 2014 - 1:58pm

Last week World Bank economists predicted that China would soon displace the United States as the world's largest economy. The fact that this one-time economic basket case is now positioned to surpass the US is one more sign of the damage done to American prosperity by welfare, warfare, corporatism, and fiat money. Some commentators have predicted...

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Home ownership for the birds

Cagle Cartoons, Tom Purcell
May 6 2014 - 9:51am

I'm beginning to think homeownership is overrated. My house is in a picturesque setting on the edge of the countryside. It sits high on a hill, surrounded by lush green grounds and many trees. My nearest neighbor is a football field away. That's the good news. The bad news is that I am in a bitter battle with the creatures that surround my...

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The most important book ever is all wrong

Bloomberg News, Clive Crook
May 5 2014 - 11:33pm

It's hard to think of another book on economics published in the past several decades that's been praised as lavishly as Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." The adulation tells you something,though not mainly about the book's qualities. Its defects, in my view, are greater than its strengths -- but the rapturous reception...

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Washington’s annual rite of self-abasement

Bloomberg News, Margaret Carlson
May 5 2014 - 12:42pm

WASHINGTON -- There were two big questions on everyone's minds in Washington last week: what to do about income inequality and how to get a seat at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner to hobnob with all the swells.It isn't news that the annual spring rite has jumped the shark. The only thing Tom Brokaw and Sarah Palin agree on is...

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Bloody draw in Odessa foreshadows chaos

Bloomberg News, Leonid Bershidsky
May 5 2014 - 10:49am

The more than 40 people who died in Odessa on May 2 have given pro-Russian Ukrainians and the propaganda machine in Moscow their martyrs, just as the protesters who brought down the government of President Viktor Yanukovych earlier this year had their "Heavenly Hundred."Martyrs, however, resolve nothing. The killings mark a further step in Ukraine...

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Inaction by Obama administration invites war

Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, Special to the Washington Post
May 2 2014 - 10:09am

In the Philippines this week, President Obama took a cheap shot at critics of his foreign policy."Why is it," the president pondered at a news conference, "that everybody is so eager to use military force after we've just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and to our budget?"But who is banging the shield, demanding war?...

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How do Fox News and MSNBC evolve from here?

Bloomberg News, Jonathan Bernstein
May 1 2014 - 3:24pm

What is the future of partisan media? Not long ago, virtually all of the news media was "neutral."* Political talk radio goes back only to the Reagan era, and Fox News didn't exist for most of the Clinton presidency. Nor, obviously, did partisan or ideological websites. Even op-ed pages in major newspapers are a relatively recent creation. For the...

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Burton hits Jazz fantasy training camp

(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Standard-Examiner writer Jim Burton shoots while Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin looks on during a drill at the Utah Jazz Fantasy Training Camp at the Zions Bank Basketball Training Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. The camp was offered to members of the media who cover the Jazz.

Jim Burton
Oct 27 2011 - 7:31pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- I knew right away it wasn't a 10-day contract. Even for just 10 days, those things are thick with more legalese than an episode of L.A. Law. But so what, a guy can dream, can't he? Even in the middle of an NBA lockout. The sad truth of it is, I knew exactly what that piece of paper was the nice lady was sliding in front of me...

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Burton hits Jazz fantasy training camp

(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Standard-Examiner writer Jim Burton shoots while Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin looks on during a drill at the Utah Jazz Fantasy Training Camp at the Zions Bank Basketball Training Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. The camp was offered to members of the media who cover the Jazz.

Jim Burton
Oct 27 2011 - 7:31pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- I knew right away it wasn't a 10-day contract. Even for just 10 days, those things are thick with more legalese than an episode of L.A. Law. But so what, a guy can dream, can't he? Even in the middle of an NBA lockout. The sad truth of it is, I knew exactly what that piece of paper was the nice lady was sliding in front of me...

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