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Is defense R&D spending effective?

If we are to get our deficits under control, then we no longer have the luxury of throwing countless billions of dollars at Pentagon research and development and hoping they land somewhere else.... Read more»

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Opinion: Only in Romney's dream world

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's naïve suggestion that anyone but him and his rich friends could actually fire a health insurer on a whim and hire another one that might provide better service isn't realistic. ... Read more»

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Shattering the class warfare taboo

A new poll from Pew Research Center confirms that Americans are thinking a lot about class disparity. And now that they are talking, it turns out that most Americans think the deck is stacked in favor of the rich.... Read more»1

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Which cartel is king in Mexico?

The guilty plea of the Tijuana cartel boss in the United States on Thursday marked the official waning of that drug network. But it also raised an interesting question: which cartel is now on top?... Read more»

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The Republican religious war

Are Christians planning a last ditch effort to prevent a Mormon takeover of the Republican Party? ... Read more»2

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Avast! SOPA a threat to free speech

When I first heard talk of SOPA, of course I thought of Mexican food. But the more I've learned about the Stop Online Piracy Act working its way through Congress, the more of a bad taste it leaves. The law would open a porthole to censorship, online disruption and more expensive Internet connections.... Read more»1

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The Ryan plan: When Medicare isn't Medicare

Let’s say you have a Ford and decide to replace everything under the hood with Hyundai parts, including the engine and transmission. Could you still honestly market your car as a Ford? That question gets at the heart of the controversy over who is being more forthright about GOP Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to “save” Medicare, Republicans or Democrats.... Read more»1

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John Boehner: After the dead man walks

Republicans are destroying their brand in part because of naked ambition. But no one is more responsible for making Republicans look like nattering nabobs than “Weepy-John” Boehner. ... Read more»2

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What's next for North Korea?

Kim Jong Un, the heir apparent of Kim Jong Il, is left with a legacy that he may not be able to fulfill. But can he top is father's brother-in-law?... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Hey Democrats, zip it!

The best course of action for Democrats is to sit back and let Republicans wound their own. Increasingly, the GOP nominating process is serving Democrats—peeling back the layers of obfuscation and exposing the weaknesses and inadequacies of its likely nominees.... Read more»2

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Republican polls summary: It’s gettin’ ugly

The Republican nominating process is shining light in some dark places. It’s a little embarrassing.... Read more»1

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Why do mainstream media favor Tea Party over Occupy Wall Street?

Support for the Tea Party is in a free fall. Now that so many voters have discovered that they apparently purchased a defective product in Tea Party governance in the 2010 elections, perhaps a similar recognition on the part of the mainstream media will not be so far behind.... Read more»2

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Stocks point to a dying middle class

The stock market tells us the middle class is dying. But we can still save it. Nick Hanauer knows how.... Read more»2

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Why a federal judge trashed SEC’s deal with Citigroup

When the Securities and Exchange Commission struck a deal with Citigroup over a failed security that the bank sold to investors, we asked whether regulators had handed Citigroup too sweet a deal.... Read more»

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U.S. health care nowhere near 'best' in the world

Last week, the 34-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD) released the results of its most recent study of the health care systems in its member countries, including the United States, plus six others, for a total of 40. And those results are illuminating.... Read more»

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