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Cuba
Dec 19 2014 - The Federalist by Mike Gonzalez
Reality contradicts President Obama’s rationale for deciding to normalize diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba.
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Obama is a "commie" sympathizer. Perhaps he envies the Castros, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong–un, Bashar Al–Assad, and other dictators. The Appeaser–in–Chief has been doing a fine job of emulating them by bypassing Congress and issuing unconstitutional executive orders. js
Dec 20 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Matthew Vadum
Lawmakers opposed to President Obama’s sudden move to cozy up to Communist Cuba are vowing a full–court press to prevent official diplomatic recognition of the tropical prison republic from going forward.
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I just think there are bigger fish to fry. bbm
Dec 19 2014 - Ron Paul Institute by Ron Paul
President Obama today took a bold and surprising step toward ending the futile 50 year US embargo of Cuba. The president announced he would begin normalizing relations, including upgrading the diplomatic mission in Havana to embassy status. The president also said he was taking steps to increase travel, commerce, and the flow of information between the US and Cuba.
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But who closed the door in the first place?
Dec 19 2014 - Mercury News by EUGENE ROBINSON
President Barack Obama's historic opening to Cuba is long overdue –– and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship's demise. Critics of the accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed miserably for half a century could ever work.
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It did work. It stopped the Soviet expansion into America. bbm
Dec 20 2014 - The New York Times by NICHOLAS KRISTOF
Is there any element of American foreign policy that has failed more abjectly than our embargo of Cuba?
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So, no word on the failures of communism? These pundits just can't bring themselves to admit that it is a failed system. bbm
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News / Government
America
Dec 13 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by REX SMITH
Optimism is good for you. Researchers have for years reported that people with positive outlooks are healthier and likely to achieve more than people with dispositions in the dumps.
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All wrong. It is government that burdens our optimism. The answer is to give liberty back to the people. bbm
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News / Government / Politics
Political squabbles
Dec 14 2014 - uexpress by COKIE ROBERTS AND STEVEN V. ROBERTS
With the defeat of Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, not a single Democrat from the Deep South will hold a Senate seat come January. That stark fact represents the last chapter of a long story that has been altering American politics for more than a half–century.
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Compromise (of principles) is a dirty word. bbm
Dec 18 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by CARL P. LEUBSDORF
The closing days of the dismal 113th Congress provided an unexpected but dismayingly brief hint of a brighter bipartisan future — and its potential pitfalls.
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controversial legislation such as the Bush–era tax cuts" Nothing controversial about them by thinking Americans. They help the economy and that's very American. bb
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President Obama
Dec 19 2014 - The Desert Sun by DAVID IGNATIUS
The nadir for President Obama’s foreign policy was probably last April. His Republican critics were calling him “weak” and “indecisive” after Russia’s invasion of Crimea. A deflated Obama responded meekly that sometimes thebest a president can do is to hit “singles” and “doubles.”
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If only there were climate change; Cuba is OK, like deciding on killing Osama, anybody could have done it. Any deal with Iran will only give them more time to develop a BOMB. He won't defeat IS; he has to defeat Islam. And his measures on immigration are illegal. bbm
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Republican Party
Dec 12 2014 - Mercury News by Dana Milbank
A new show has opened on Capitol Hill, and, with any luck, it will have a long run.
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Keep it up Cruz. bbm
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News / Government / Politics / Health Care
Health care debate
Dec 20 2014 - City Journal by Joel Zinberg
Young doctors are increasingly becoming employees rather than independent practitioners.
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Bigger is maybe cheaper but not necessarily better. Would you rather buy something from a big box store or the local merchant down the street, if the price were the same. Even if it weren't, you might pay a premium just for the service. This all might have happened naturally but we sure don't need government pushing it. bbm
Dec 15 2014 - LA Times by Theda Skocpol
On Tuesday, the Republican–led House Committee on Oversight took obvious pleasure in raking MIT economist Jonathan Gruber over the coals about foolish and uninformed comments he made regarding the politics of health reform.
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But the architects who fashioned the Affordable Care Act were elected representatives and senators serving in Congress in 2009 and 2010, along with the president of the United States." NOt true, most of them never read the act. What garbage. What Gruber shows is the failures of government. All government. bb
Dec 16 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Theda Skocpol
Last Tuesday, the Republican–led House Committee on Oversight took obvious pleasure in raking MIT economist Jonathan Gruber over the coals about foolish and uninformed comments he made regarding the politics of health reform.
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Another apologist for ObamaCare. If it weren't Gruber who hoodwinked America, it was the Democrats of which I'm sure the author is one. The author is the sad state of affairs. bbm
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News / Government / Politics / Foreign Affairs / Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy
Dec 16 2014 - The National Interest by Bruce Bueno de MesquitaKiron K. Skinner
The government of the United States has faced unusually severe threats to national security over the past year. These events, of course, are not independent of one another. Rather, they form part of a path of reinforcing experiences that have encouraged boldly assertive actions that seem contrary to American interests in the Middle East, in the East and South China Sea and most especially in Ukraine. We set out here how these developments are interrelated and how corrective action might be taken through unilateral, nonmilitary shifts in policy, especially energy and environmental policy.
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Other than the global warming nonsense, this is a great article. bbm
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News / Economics
Wages
Dec 16 2014 - Economic Policy Institute. by Elise Gould
In the BLS report this morning, overall jobs numbers were solid and the unemployment rate continued to show signs of improvement. However, the unfortunate downside of this morning’s release is that wage growth has continued to be sluggish. Average hourly earnings of all employees on nonfarm payrolls and average hourly earnings of production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls saw 2.0 percent and 2.2 percent growth, respectively, over this last year.
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Good data, bad conclusions. bbm
Dec 19 2014 - Economic Policy Institute.
This last year saw the pace of job growth pick up, a welcome development. Yet the economy remains far from healthy. In 2014 the twin issues of income inequality and stagnant wage growth for the vast majority of Americans took center stage. Better late than never.
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Interesting charts, wrong conclusions. Government causes the pay problems by making it more expensive to hire. bbm
Economics
Dec 12 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by ANN MCFEATTERS
This is a short compendium of weird stuff that is happening in our economy as 2014 draws to a close.
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The real problem is that corporations are sitting on piles and piles of money because they don’t want to hire new people." Don't take an economics course from Ann. She has no idea.
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Economists
Dec 14 2014 - The New York Times by Paul Krugman
The Greek fiscal crisis erupted five years ago, and its side effects continue to inflict immense damage on Europe and the world. But I’m not talking about the side effects you may have in mind — spillovers from Greece’s Great Depression–level slump, or financial contagion to other debtors. No, the truly disastrous effect of the Greek crisis was the way it distorted economic policy, as supposedly serious people around the world rushed to learn the wrong lessons.
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Krugman is a stain on Nobel. bbm
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News / Education
Technology in teaching
Dec 12 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by Esther Cepeda
A decade ago, when I was a graduate student in teacher training, I heard a frightening thing from an accomplished and generally excellent professor.
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The answer is to learn how to think. bbm
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News / Energy / Energy-Nuclear
Nuclear energy
Dec 14 2014 - Indiana Gazette by LLEWELLYN KING
This will be a bleak Christmas for the small Vermont community of Vernon. It is losing its economic mainstay. Entergy, the owner of Vernon’s proud, midsize nuclear plant, which has sustained the community for 42 years, is closing the plant.
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When the economics are right, nuclear will come back. Quit trying to force things. bbm
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News / Environment / Global Warming
The Global Warming Hoax?
Dec 14 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by THOMAS FRIEDMAN
I was just about to go with a column that started like this: When they write the history of the global response to climate change, 2014 could well be seen as the moment when the balance between action and denial tipped decisively toward action. That's thanks to the convergence of four giant forces: Sao Paulo, Brazil, went dry; China and the United States together went green; solar panels went cheap; and Google and Apple went home.
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The premise is all wrong. There is no global warming. bbm
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News / Violence / Terrorism / Prisoners
Detainee Treatment
Dec 14 2014 - The Daily Beast by Nick Gillespie
The torture report is nauseating, and the initial response almost equally so. We are in an existential leadership crisis with no way out.
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But politicians lie. bbm
Dec 16 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by John Jeffries Martin
The Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA detention and interrogation program last week quickly stirred up a white–hot debate on the use of torture to extract information from our enemies.
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War is torture. Let's ban it. Except it takes two parties to agree. bbm
Dec 14 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY
THE ISSUE:
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The report is purely political. bbm
Dec 12 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by THOMAS FRIEDMAN
Why do people line up to come to this country? Why do they build boats from milk cartons to sail here? Why do they trust our diplomats and soldiers in ways true of no other country? It's because we are a beacon of opportunity and freedom, and also because these foreigners know in their bones that we do things differently from other big powers in history.
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All wrong in my view. The terrorists need to fear us and to fear what we might do to collect intelligence about their evil ways. bbm
Dec 14 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY
The "debate" over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings. The torturers and their enablers may deny it, but they know — and knew from the beginning — that what they did was obscenely wrong.
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War is hell. But once in it, everything is fair (in love and war).
Dec 13 2014 - Fresno Bee by Dianne Feinstein
There has been a suggestion in recent days that now is not a good time to release a review prepared by the Senate Intelligence Committee of the CIA's detention and interrogation program. But is there ever a good time to admit our country tortured people?
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Dianne, you have to make hard decisions. Obviously, you can't. If the torture of one terrorist saved the lives of thousands of innocents, would you not torture? Of course you would or else you shouldn't be a Senator. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Axis of Evil / North Korea
North Korea news
Dec 19 2014 - The Federalist by Mollie Hemingway
While Wired says the evidence linking North Korea to the Sony hacking and terrorism threats against Americans is thin, anonymous U.S. government officials have said it was North Korea.
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Hollywood doesn't mind mocking Christians and promoting homosexuals, transgenders, etc. Where is their courage in promoting freedom of speech? js
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News / Violence / Violence-Middle East-Israel
Israeli politics
Dec 18 2014 - Mercury News by TRUDY RUBIN
While Arab countries are struggling to redefine themselves amid violence, Israel is poised to wrestle with its own identity crisis –– at the polls.
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Useless analysis. Listen to Glick. bbm
Dec 19 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Thomas L. Friedman
Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has set new elections in Israel for March 17. Israel has had critical elections before, but this could be its most important, because the Israeli right today is no longer dominated by security hawks and free–marketeers like Netanyahu. It is dominated by West Bank settlers and scary religious–nationalist zealots like Naftali Bennett, who, if they run the next government and effectively annex the West Bank, will lead Israel into a dark corner, increasingly alienated from Europe, America and the next generation of American Jews.
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Typical liberal response: Don't upset the bad guys. bbm
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News / Violence / Crime
Police actions
Dec 19 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY by Los Angeles Times
Attorney General Eric Holder released new guidelines last week aimed at limiting profiling by federal law–enforcement officers. Though he should be commended for tackling the issue, the new guidelines leave much to be desired.
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Everybody profiles, including the LA Times. Where does it spend its marketing dollars? On communities that will bring it the biggest benefit. Dumb article. bbm
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News / Immigration
Immigration legislation
Dec 17 2014 - NewsMax
As many as 20 million undocumented immigrants will qualify for President Barack Obama's deferred deportation action, says Paul Babeu, sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona.
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Politicians always lie. bbm
Immigration
Dec 17 2014 - Washington Post by Tim Kane
Imagine the United States is an island with seven people on it, including you and me. Along comes a sailboat with an immigrant who joins the economy and, according to a popular myth, steals a job from one of us.
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It's wrong if the immigrants don't provide their fair share of effort. But it is wrong if we don't want them. Liberty says we can pick our friends. bbm
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