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Mar 04 2015 - Philadelphia Inquirer by TRUDY RUBIN
The assassination of Boris Nemtsov on Friday only steps from the Kremlin marks the final blow to the dream of a liberal democratic Russia, a dream that once flourished after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
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Can there be any question about who hired the killer? None to me. bbm
Israel: Politics
Mar 03 2015 - Indiana Gazette by NICHOLAS KRISTOF
NEGEV DESERT, Israel — For generations, Americans and others have been donating trees to Israel through the Jewish National Fund.
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Bedouin don't claim property, just like the Indians of the American West. That doesn't work in the modern world. bbm
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President Obama
Mar 01 2015 - Philadelphia Inquirer by Christine M. Flowers
WHEN I WAS about 11 or 12, I saw a made–for–television movie called "The Man Without A Country." It was based on a short story written by Edward Everett Hale, and told the tale of a man who – angered at being tried for treason against the United States – spouted out in the middle of the trial, "I wish I may never hear of the United States again!" In punishment, the astounded judge grants him his wish: He is found guilty and sentenced to spend the rest of his life on U.S. Navy warships. He is prohibited from ever setting foot on U.S. soil again, or from getting any news about his homeland. He learns, at the end of his long life, just how precious it was to have a country, and how empty to be without one.
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Baloney. Obama has violated our liberty time and again. Thus he is NOT patriotic. bbm
Feb 24 2015 - The Dallas Morning News by DOYLE MCMANUS
For weeks, Republicans have lambasted President Barack Obama for what they claim is a major foreign policy failure: his refusal to use the term “Islamic” to describe the terrorists of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
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It is a religious war and the sooner we including you McManus realize it, the better. bbm
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Republican Party
Mar 04 2015 - LA Times by DOYLE MCMANUS
The fervent Republicans who throng the Conservative Political Action Conference every year aren't representative of the American electorate. They aren't even representative of the GOP electorate. For four of the last five years, their straw poll for president has chosen Rand Paul or Ron Paul. These are not everyday Republicans.
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This was not a bad article except for the following: "What was missing from CPAC? Any sign of the intellectual ferment in conservative think tanks about how to address the stagnant incomes of the American middle class. Most speakers stuck to more traditional fare: smaller government, lower taxes, less regulation." Typical liberal. He gave the correct answer but didn't know he did. The answer to higher incomes and better economy is less government. bbm
Feb 28 2015 - The New York Times by Frank Bruni
Another presidential campaign is taking shape, and potential Republican candidates are beginning to speak with extra care — and sometimes with censorious hellfire — about certain social issues. As ever, they’re bowing to a bloc of voters described as Christian conservatives.
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And communists and socialists have a huge sway over the Democratic Party. bbm
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Illinois
Feb 27 2015 - Washington Post by E.J. DIONNE JR.
The mayor is proud to tout his work expanding access to pre–kindergarten programs, raising the minimum wage and making two years of community college available to everybody. He talks admiringly about his city’s ethnic diversity and stresses his commitment to making it a place where “every resident in every neighborhood has a fair shot at success.”
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Nothing to be proud of.
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Free-Trade Agreements
Mar 01 2015 - uexpress by COKIE ROBERTS AND STEVEN V. ROBERTS
There is a very short list of topics on which the Democratic president and the Republican Congress might actually cooperate. In fact, the list might contain only one item.
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Have some jobs been lost to foreign competition? Yes. Should workers and towns that suffer severely from that competition be compensated? Absolutely." Other than stupid statements like this one, the article isn't half–bad. bb
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Campaign for President
Feb 24 2015 - The New York Times by Maureen Dowd
I had been keeping an open mind on Jeb Bush.
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I wasn't sure Maureen had a mind, let alone an open one. I'm sure she doesn't have the latter.
She gets everything wrong is this piece. bbm

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Wages
Feb 24 2015 - The New York Times by Lawrence Mishel
WITH the early stages of the 2016 presidential campaign underway and millions of Americans still hurting financially, both parties are looking for ways to address wage stagnation. That’s the good news. The bad news is that both parties are offering tax cuts as a solution. What has hurt workers’ paychecks is not what the government takes out, but what their employers no longer put in — a dynamic that tax cuts cannot eliminate.
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He won't pass my economics test. bbm
The economy
Feb 25 2015 - Indiana Gazette by Paul Krugman
Regular readers know that I sometimes mock “very serious people” — politicians and pundits who solemnly repeat conventional wisdom that sounds tough–minded and realistic. The trouble is that sounding serious and being serious are by no means the same thing, and some of those seemingly tough–minded positions are actually ways to dodge the truly hard issues.
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He misses the big issue. Wealth is being accumulated through crony capitalism. Sweet deals with the government and with printing money. Crony capitalism, a deal with his favorite entity, government. bbm
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European economics
Feb 26 2015 - In These Times by Alexandros Orphanides
Germany’s unwillingness to budge on the strict cuts demanded of Greece are bad news for rolling back austerity throughout the rest of Europe.
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Liberal but not too bad of an article. Gives some insight. bbm
Mar 01 2015 - Press Democrat by Paul Krugman
Recently, after much drama, the new Greek government reached a deal with its creditors. Earlier this week, the Greeks filled in some details on how they intend to meet the terms. So how did it go?
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To make sense of what happened, you need to understand that the main issue of contention involves just one number: the size of the Greek primary surplus, the difference between government revenues and government expenditures not counting interest on the debt." I don't need to understand that. I DO understand that interest on the debt is hugely important. Without paying interest, no lender will lend to you. Otherwise, we would all borrow to the hilt at zero interest. bbm
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Tax rates
Mar 01 2015 - The New York Times by Lawrence Mishel
WITH the early stages of the 2016 presidential campaign underway and millions of Americans still hurting financially, both parties are looking for ways to address wage stagnation. That’s the good news. The bad news is that both parties are offering tax cuts as a solution. What has hurt workers’ paychecks is not what the government takes out, but what their employers no longer put in — a dynamic that tax cuts cannot eliminate.
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And he is President of a organization with Economic in its title. His understanding of economics is pitiful. bbm
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News / Economics / Labor / Minimum Wage
Minimum wage realities
Mar 04 2015 - Everything Oregon by Paul Krugman
In February, Wal–Mart, America's largest employer, announced that it will raise wages for half a million workers. For many of those workers the gains will be small, but the announcement is nonetheless a very big deal, for two reasons. First, there will be spillovers: Wal–Mart is so big that its action will probably lead to raises for millions of workers employed by other companies. Second, and arguably far more important, is what Wal–Mart's move tells us – namely, that low wages are a political choice, and we can and should choose differently.
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He does his best but of course, he is wrong. Interference in natural economics screws things up. The price of butter is directly related to the price of labor and it involves humans just as much as salary does. Stupid. bbm
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News / Media Bias and Failures
Liberal media bias
Mar 01 2015 - PBS by Domenico Montanaro
It’s one of those questions. “Is President Obama a Christian?”
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If you are a media outlet, you have to be fair. bbm
Feb 25 2015 - Miami Herald by Leonard Pitts Jr.
I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank.
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Sorry that Leonard didn't keep up with the news. There were WMD. And then he says, "And I can feel myself getting a little crazier already." At least he admits it. bbm
Conservative media bias
Feb 26 2015 - The American Prospect by Paul Waldman
Bill O'Reilly suffers from the same malady as Brian Williams: a tendency to embellish stories of the dangers and horrors he has faced as a journalist (though in O'Reilly's case, his career as a journalist was brief, before he discovered his true calling). They may have had a slightly different motivation; my interpretation of Williams' tall–tale–telling is that he wanted to portray himself as heroically journalistic, in the center of the action, bringing people the most important news of the moment. I suspect that for O'Reilly, on the other hand, it's more of a macho thing—he's as tough as anyone, and if you doubt it he'll shout you down like the pinhead you are.
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Well, as Stephen Colbert said, the facts have a well–known liberal bias." That probably tells you all you need about the story. Liberal news reporters, from all the main networks except Fox, have a liberal bias. They don't report facts, they report liberal opinions. As if Colbert is credible. HA.
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News / Energy
Pipelines
Mar 01 2015 - Indiana Gazette by LLEWELLYN KING
In the South they ask, “Who’s your daddy?” In the North, “Where did you go to college?”
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I am no fan of the oil sands — which used to be called “tar sands” — project. I think it is abusive of the earth. It involves massive surface mining and has so scarred the region that the great pit can be seen from space." Hmmm. I thought maybe he was talking about NYC.
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News / Violence / Violence-Axis of Evil / Iraq
War in Iraq
Mar 03 2015 - The Dallas Morning News by TRUDY RUBIN
As the Islamic State’s barbarities make headlines, Republican presidential candidates are scrambling to outdo each other’s hawkish pronouncements on foreign policy.
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Things were finally stabilizing before Obama. bbm
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News / Violence / Violence-Extremist Muslims
The Present Global Culture War
Feb 27 2015 - The New York Times by Thomas L. Friedman
The Italians got this one right. Last week, The Washington Post’s Adam Taylor helpfully collected tweets that Italians put out after a murderous video issued by the Islamic State, or ISIS, warned: “Today we are south of Rome,” one militant said. “We will conquer Rome with Allah’s permission.”
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A reasonable article but the underlying problem is the Koran. bbm
Holy War in Europe
Feb 28 2015 - Front Page Magazine by Bruce Thornton
Nearly two months have passed since the global outpouring of support for the murdered staffers of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Now those paeans to freedom of speech have disappeared down the same media black hole as the “bring back our girls” campaign protesting the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls by the jihadist gang Boko Haram. This substitution of sentimental bluster and empty threats for meaningful action is consistent with decades of Europe’s intimidation by Muslim criminals, duplicitous “religious leaders,” and violent jihadists. The “Je suis Charlie” slogan should now be “Je suis Charlie, tendance Brown”––“I am Charlie, Brown variety.”
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Good article, but the last part could have been more hard–hitting. bbm
Our Own Hundred Years? War
Mar 01 2015 - Magic Valley by GENE LYONS
It’s the Ebola panic all over again.
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As President Obama has suggested, ISIS is clearly more of a criminal death cult than a military organization." Wrong. I agree that we shouldn't bother with ISIS, at least now but they are a military organization. Just not one that we need to bother with in the short term. But we do have a big problem with Islam and eventually we'll have to figure out how to defeat it, to include ISIS. bb
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News / Science
Research
Feb 28 2015 - The Dallas Morning News by JOEL ACHENBACH
There’s a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s comic masterpiece Dr. Strangelove in which Jack D. Ripper, an American general who’s gone rogue and ordered a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, unspools his paranoid worldview — and the explanation for why he drinks “only distilled water, or rainwater, and only pure grain alcohol” — to Lionel Mandrake, a dizzy–with–anxiety group captain in the Royal Air Force.
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You know when a supposedly serious story about science starts out about a movie, you can just stop reading.
Science has been wrong so many times in history, you couldn't possibly trust what scientists are saying. Not intentional mind you, but it just happens. Maybe God does it to make people humble. No humility with this writer. bbm

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Lifestyle / Race Relations / Affirmative Action
Affirmative action issues
Mar 02 2015 - The Conservative Tree House
Don’t let your jaw drop too far, this fundamental change is not just happening in college application processes. This exact same methodology is also being applied to Credit Scores for home mortgages and car loans.
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Affirmative Action for one is discrimination against another. bbm
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Racial profiling
Feb 26 2015 - The New York Times by NICHOLAS KRISTOF
SUPERMARKET shoppers are more likely to buy French wine when French music is playing, and to buy German wine when they hear German music. That’s true even though only 14 percent of shoppers say they noticed the music, a study finds.
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I"m not sure it matters, but it is interesting. bbm
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