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Why Millenials aren't saving, and what can be done

Millennials are saving less for retirement than older generations, threatening the long-term financial security of the youngest generation of American workers.... Read more»1

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Kids Count shows Az's preferred obsolete model

I like to say Arizona is the 48th state because it seems that’s about where we usually land when compared to the 49 other states on key measurements such as educational achievement, per pupil funding or children well-being. Thank God for Mississippi, the perennial 49th state. The only reason we consistently beat out Mississippi is because most kids in Arizona can spell “Mississippi.”... Read more»

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Sarajevo centennial: Today's turbulence a legacy of WWI

The tinderbox of circumstances and realities that required only the tiniest of sparks to plunge the world into thirty years of global chaos a century ago are in many ways still with us today.... Read more»

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Why World War I still matters, 100 years after it began

One hundred years ago, on the morning of June 28, 1914, a slight, 19-year-old Serbian nationalist raised a small pistol. He fired at the motorcade of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife Sophie, killing them both and triggering a chain reaction as the world’s empires reacted to the murders. Within 37 days, the world was at war.... Read more»

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

Public relations techniques rule as dialogue gives way to talking points: Politicians have misled voters for as long as there have been politicians. At times, though, and not so long ago, it was not a death wish to claim to be a moderate willing to work with members of the other party. That’s hardly possible when message makers call the shots.... Read more»

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Perry's border plan — and a political one

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said a plan to send National Guard troops to the state’s border with Mexico was necessary because the federal government isn’t doing enough there. The move could also address a political weak spot he discovered in his 2012 presidential run.... Read more»

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Obamacare-driven competition lowering rates in some states

Participants in the health care marketplace would be wise to shop around.... Read more»2

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Switching from a gas tax to a mileage-based user fee

The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.... Read more»

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Russia isn’t an immutable force

If there’s a positive development after the possible murder of almost 300 people by pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine — if it’s verified they shot down a Malaysian Airline flight MH17 en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam on Thursday — it would be that the disaster finally jolts Western countries into finally confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin over his fanning of civil conflict in Russia’s southern neighbor.... Read more»

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A 'baby step,' not a leap for Az education funding

The courts have ordered that Arizona’s Legislature must restore cuts to education funding that were made several years ago. The promise of an additional $233 per student translates into more than $300 million additional dollars — but it’s not a cause for celebration: Arizona’s schools were woefully underfunded before the budget cuts were made and restoring this money simply moves our funding level from disastrous to routinely terrible.... Read more»

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Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, its opponents have spent an estimated $450 million on political ads attacking the law. While those attacks likely cost some Democrats their congressional seats in 2012, a new report indicates that, crazy as it sounds, those ads may have contributed to the success of the legislation this year.... Read more»

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Church sex abuse survivors seek more than apology from pope

Pope Francis met with a small group of abuse survivors Monday, which was appreciated but no substitute for a true process of justice, advocates say.... Read more»

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Race and beyond: The surprises of a changing nation

I have been challenged lately to think in surprising ways about the nature of our country’s shifting diversity. Despite spending nearly all my working hours buried in studies and analyses of the racial and ethnic demographic trends sweeping the nation, I’m not a know-it-all on the subject. Still, it takes quite a jolt for a list of facts or figures to stun me.... Read more»1

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What the president can do on immigration if Congress fails to act

The president has broad—although not absolute—executive authority to set enforcement priorities, defer deportations of unauthorized immigrants, and mitigate some of the harshest effects of our broken immigration system.... Read more»

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Maybe the world should just let Iraq split apart

If the experts are right, then what is happening in Iraq now seems to be the worst of both worlds: a Sunni-Shiite civil war and a de facto partition of the country.... Read more»

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