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Jul 18 2014 - Mercury News by Dana Milbank
Darrell Issa is about to reach a regrettable milestone.
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He wouldn't have done it if Obama and his minions had been cooperative. bbm
Jul 20 2014 - Indiana Gazette by Cokie Roberts and Steven Roberts
There’s nothing new about politicians using their offices to enhance their power. The word “gerrymander” was coined in 1812 after Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a bill creating a legislative district that resembled a salamander.
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Math is not their expertise either. " In 2012, Democratic candidates for Congress won 1.4 million more votes nationwide than Republicans, yet gained 33 fewer seats." Absolute votes has nothing to do with gains. It is the same as acceleration has nothing to do with velocity at any given moment. Let's say that 1.4 million votes is all they got. Then it would not be surprising that Republicans got more seats. It would be surprising if Democrats got any seats. Just plain dumb.
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John Kerry
Jul 24 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by CARL P. LEUBSDORF
Appearing on all five Sunday morning television news shows has become a familiar practice since the term “full Ginsburg” was coined after the first person to accomplish the feat, Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer William Ginsburg, in 1998.
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Kerry is as much a failure as Hillary. Maybe more. bbm
Clinton news
Jul 20 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Maureen Dowd
The thing about him is, he just keeps going.
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Despite all the fondling by Dowd, we today compare Bill with Obama and that is not much of a comparison. Would you rather eat dirt or sewage? bbm
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Health care debate
Jul 25 2014 - Ayn Rand Institute by Leonard Peikoff
One day, when you are out of town on a business trip, you wake up with a cough, muscle aches, chills, and a high fever. You do not know what it is, you start to panic, but you do know one action to take: you call a doctor. He conducts a physical exam, takes a history, administers lab tests, narrows down the possibilities; within hours, he reaches a diagnosis of pneumonia and prescribes a course of treatment, including antibiotics. Soon you begin to respond, you relax, the crisis is over. Or: you are getting out of your car, you fall and break your leg. It is a disaster, but you remain calm, because you can utter one sentence to your wife: "Call the doctor." He proceeds to examine your leg for nerve and blood–vessel injury, he takes X rays, reduces the fracture, puts on a cast; the disaster has faded into a mere inconvenience, and you resume your normal life. Or: your child comes home from school with a stabbing pain in the abdomen. There is only one hope: you call the doctor. He performs an appendectomy — the child recovers.
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From a speech in 1985, even before Hillarycare. bbm
Jul 24 2014 - Mercury News by E.J. DIONNE JR.
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as "an impartial guardian of the rule of law."
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We wouldn't be in this mess except for far–left leaning jurists. bbm
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Foreign Policy
Jul 23 2014 - Mercury News by EUGENE ROBINSON
The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non–state actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Obama to ship anti–aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention.
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They weren't conservative hawks; they were liberal ones. And let's face it, Obama has screwed up every dispute in that part of the world. bbm
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Ex-Im Bank
Jul 21 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY
THE ISSUE:
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Because it is crony capitalism. bbm
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Economic Regulation
Jul 22 2014 - Arizona Daily Star by BLOOMBERG NEWS
Four years after President Obama signed the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law, polling suggests that most Americans think it hasn’t done enough to protect them from a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis, a disaster from which the global economy has yet to fully recover.
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Wrong. Regulation is the wrong approach. Banks need to be responsible to their reputation and if not, they go belly–up. That would put the fear of God into them and they wouldn't risk depositor's money. bbm
Business
Jul 20 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by THOMAS FRIEDMAN
From Ukraine to the Middle East, some bad actors — Hamas, Vladimir Putin and Israeli settlers to name but a few — are trying to bury the future with the past and divide people. Instead of focusing on them even more, I prefer to write about a company that is burying the past with the future, and actually bringing strangers together.
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Not much new here. It is all capitalism and always has been. People now can through technology offer products that couldn't be offered before and people's reputation is now more visible through technology. It is progress but not a new concept of economics. bbm
Inflation
Jul 20 2014 - Indiana Gazette by Paul Krugman
The first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. That goes for political movements as well as individuals. So I have some advice for so–called reform conservatives trying to rebuild the intellectual vitality of the right: You need to start by facing up to the fact that your movement is in the grip of some uncontrollable urges. In particular, it’s addicted to inflation — not the thing itself, but the claim that runaway inflation is either happening or about to happen.
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How he calls himself an economist, I don't know. Again stupidity reigns. Of course all that printed money went somewhere. It has to. This time it went into assets like houses and stocks. That is inflation, whether you realize it or not, Krugman. bbm
Mergers
Jul 20 2014 - Indiana Gazette by LLEWELLYN KING
Whether Rupert Murdoch’s 20th Century Fox succeeds in its $80 billion bid for Time Warner, rest assured the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) industry will do just fine. Very fine, actually.
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If it is so lucrative, why not do it yourself, King? bbm
The economy
Jul 18 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Dallas Morning News
Dow 17,000.
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It is rare that you get this much insight written by newspaper editors. bbm
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Budget deficit
Jul 22 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Paul Krugman
For much of the past five years, readers of the political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most important issue facing America. Serious people constantly issued dire warnings that the United States risked turning into another Greece any day now. President Barack Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged fiscal crisis, and spent much of his first term trying to negotiate a grand bargain on the budget with Republicans.
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Always the same story, always wrong. bbm
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Corporate Tax
Jul 19 2014 - Arizona Daily Star by The Washington Post
This week, two more U.S. companies moved to reestablish themselves overseas, allowing them to pursue lower corporate tax rates. They will join dozens of others who have chased lower tax bills abroad while maintaining operations in the United States, benefiting from the U.S. business climate, legal stability and research investments without helping to pay for these advantages. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew pressed Congress on Tuesday to close the avenues in U.S. law that allow companies to evade corporate taxes by moving to foreign countries.
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If you want to stop companies from going overseas, cut the tax burden, in any way you can. This is one, so is lowering rates. bbm
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News / Economics / Agriculture
Genetically engineered crops
Jul 21 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Chicago Tribune
Vermont recently joined two other New England states and passed a law to require labels on food that contains genetically modified ingredients. Similar labeling laws have been proposed in two dozen other states. A push is on for federal requirements.
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At one time or another, all foods have been genetically modified. We don't eat native grass seeds or anything else that hasn't been bred for improvement. bbm
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News / Environment / Global Warming
The Global Warming Hoax?
Jul 20 2014 - Indiana Gazette by JOHN CRISP
If you were looking for a place to contemplate global climate change in a microcosm — climate change writ small — you could do worse than to consider my humble corner of the world.
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According to their study, we can expect warmer temperatures, higher sea levels, water shortages and weather extremes, including stronger hurricanes, droughts and heat waves. The confluence of these conditions will sometimes produce “megadisasters.”" I wonder which if any of these scientists predicted the melting of the poles on Mars. bb
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News / Violence / Violence-Axis of Evil / Iran
Iran's nuclear programs
Jul 19 2014 - Indiana Gazette by NICHOLAS BURNS
Last week’s death of former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze brought well–deserved tributes for his central role in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end. After Mikhail Gorbachev was named Soviet leader in 1985, Shevardnadze became his strongest supporter within the Politburo and closest collaborator on the twin policies — glasnost and perestroika — that drove the reform movement. He is a still unsung hero of the dramatic diplomacy that led eventually to the collapse of the Evil Empire more than a quarter century ago.
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Hope spring eternal in the hearts of diplomats. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Middle East-Israel
Israeli - Palestinian Conflict
Jul 23 2014 - Mercury News by RICHARD COHEN
Israel fought its first war, in 1948, against five Arab nations –– Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan –– as well as the Palestinians. In the prediction of the fairly new CIA, the outcome was never in doubt: "Without substantial outside aid in terms of manpower and material, they –– the Jews –– will be able to hold out no longer than two years."
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Negotiations always lead to impasse. bbm
Jul 18 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by THOMAS FRIEDMAN
I've argued for a while now that it is always useful to study the Israeli–Arab conflict because it is to the wider war of civilizations what off–Broadway is to Broadway. A lot of stuff starts there and then goes to Broadway.
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Theoretical ideas but not much substance. Israel has done a lot toward economically improving the lot of its Palestinian citizens. And that has worked. It is the radicals that screw it up. One must get rid of the radicals. bbm
Jul 25 2014 - Indiana Gazette by NICHOLAS KRISTOF
With Israeli troops again invading Gaza and the death toll rising, some of the rhetoric from partisans on each side is oddly parallel. Maybe it’s time to correct a few common misconceptions among the salvos flying back and forth.
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And Palestinians are absolutely right that they have a right to a state, a right to run businesses and import goods, a right to live in freedom rather than relegated to second–class citizenship in their own land." They don't care about a state. That just want to eliminate Israel. Very one–sided, all the way through. bb
Jul 19 2014 - Middle East Report Online by W. S.
I’ve been through wars before, two of them, in 2008–2009 and 2012. The difference this time around is that I am responsible for a six–month old daughter.
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Who brought it on? Simple answer. Muslims. bbm
Jul 19 2014 - Mercury News by George Bisharat
Israel, in the latest of its now almost biennial killing sprees in the Gaza Strip, again appears to be committing war crimes. The toll as of Friday exceeded 270 Palestinian deaths, more than 2,000 wounded, and untold destruction of property.
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Of course, the Palestinians are innocent, as usual. What a fog these pundits supply. bbm
Jul 19 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by IBRAHIM SHARQIEH
A popular colloquial definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
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Give me a break. That last sentence is so stupid. bbm
Gaza issues
Jul 25 2014 - Times Standard by EUGENE ROBINSON
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.
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He makes a credible argument for a cease fire but he is still wrong. Israel needs to beat the hell out of Hamas until they submit to peace. bbm
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Legalizing street drugs
Jul 25 2014 - Arizona Daily Star by The Washington Post
Liberals and conservatives have learned from the drug war’s failures. More jail time may result in less crime, but the costs can be too high. Harsh punishments often catch street–corner dealers, not drug kingpins. The drug war’s foremost legacy is a skyrocketing prison population; the number of drug offenders in federal prisons has increased 21 times since 1980.
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Legalize street drugs. bbm
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Immigration legislation
Jul 24 2014 - Mercury News by Leonard Pitts Jr.
It's a revealing video.
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Liberty says people can form borders. And keep others out. bbm
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Birth control
Jul 22 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Lois Shapiro Canter
The U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores decision grants Christian–owned Hobby Lobby and other privately–owned closed corporations exemption from the Affordable Care Act's requirement that contraception be included in employee medical insurance plans. This tortured ruling presents, on a silver plate, the right of corporations to control and dictate medical care in the United States.
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It is a simple matter of liberty and it would not allow people to be forced to pay for the contraception for others. bbm
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Income Inequality
Jul 24 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Tom Keane
Income inequality is the public–policy topic of the moment, embraced as an issue across the political spectrum. Since the 1970s, the gap in incomes between those who earn the most and those who earn the least has increased markedly. Some have described this as a "hollowing out" of the middle class and everyone, it seems, agrees it's a bad thing.
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The main reason is welfare. bbm
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