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Obama setting limits on Ukraine response

 April 17, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin's Russia than it does to the United States or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for...

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A scapegoat for a feckless wizard

 April 16, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: "1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. A goat let loose in the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically...

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Wall Street wonders not helping Main Street

 April 15, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

We're giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing in return.

Four years ago Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, abruptly canceled America's biggest and arguably most important infrastructure project,...

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Premium Content Warning signs in China

 April 14, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

China's financial markets seem to be signaling trouble, as a government crackdown on corruption and loose credit begins to bite and jittery local investors scramble for safety.

China remains an opaque country, and even the most...

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Women, get loud! Keep pushing for equal pay

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

Gentlemen, raise a glass to Equal Pay Day. You've won again. You are still making about 25 percent more than the woman next to you who is pushing the same pencil, tapping the same computer keys, devising the same software or screwing in the same...

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Premium Content Thought police on patrol

 April 12, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of...

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Let there be light on health spending

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

Foes of Obamacare often frame such health reforms as "redistribution" schemes. They take money from hardworking Americans and give it to the presumably undeserving. My conservative friends are right that a lot of health reform is about...

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Finizio's exit tops the list of notables

 April 11, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

A few weeks ago as President Obama visited Connecticut to join Governor Malloy in their campaign to raise the minimum wage, New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio led the City Council into raising it for the city's seasonal workers.

But now...

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Putin's Ukraine strategy a blast from U.S. past

 April 10, 2014; Updated: 6:04 pm

The West has made NATO's military alliance the heart of its response to Russia's power grab in Ukraine. But we may be fighting the wrong battle: The weapons President Vladimir Putin has used in Crimea and eastern Ukraine look more like...

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Billions undocumented proves fed dysfunction

 April 9, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

The Fiscal Times reported last week that the State Department has missing files or incomplete files for more than $6 billion in State Department contracts. Steve Linick, State's inspector general, issued a "management alert" warning that...

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Unseemly pilgrimage to Adelson's Vegas altar

 April 7, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

There is something truly spectacular about Sheldon Adelson. Witness the parade of Republican supplicants paying tribute in his Las Vegas lair. They would include Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie...

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Women can be assets in combat

 April 7, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

Since 1944, West Point has required cadets to pass its indoor obstacle course, a test of agility, stamina and strength that is designed to build a warrior ethos and determine whether these future soldiers can meet the physical demands of combat.

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Obamacare's known unknowns

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 12:13 am

Obamacare's late enrollment surge was extremely impressive - an amazingly powerful testament to the American powers of procrastination. At the end of February, the number of people who had signed up for health-care plans stood at 4.2...

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Unequal attention paid to corrupt politicians

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

As a political scandal, there isn't much in the guilty pleas of Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, nursing home executive Brian Foley, to federal charges of concealing her 2012 congressional campaign's hiring of disgraced former Gov. John G.

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Japanese believe valid arguments for its whaling have been ignored

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

Efforts to expand the understanding of the international community are indispensable for effective utilization of limited fisheries resources. In a case before the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague, where the legitimacy of Japan's...

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Kerry's Folly, Chapter 3, Humiliation by Abbas

 April 5, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

When has a secretary of state been involved in so many disastrous, self-initiated negotiations? First, John Kerry convenes - against all advice and holding no cards - Geneva negotiations to resolve the Syria conflict and supposedly remove Bashar...

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Republican Senate would be a big deal

 April 4, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

If Republicans take control of the Senate in this year's elections, it will be, as Vice President Joe Biden might put it more graphically, a big deal.

Last week, elections handicapper Nate Silver gave a 60 percent probability that the...

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Effective or not, torture is un-American

 April 3, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

It has been an unlikely Washington feud, pitting a determined Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the implacable chairman of the Senate intelligence committee and long regarded as a supporter of the CIA, against the agency's equally stubborn director, John...

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Stop the hand-wringing over 'Noah'

 April 2, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

It wasn't so long ago that conservative Christians believed Hollywood to be evil and some preachers instructed their congregations not to go to movies lest they be tempted beyond their ability to resist. Now Christians are debating film content.

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Security should trump paranoia

 April 1, 2014; Updated: 5:00 pm

The first shocking headlines after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared revealed that two men had boarded with stolen passports. "Stark evidence of security gap," blared The Christian Science Monitor.

It appears that illegal...

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Skills-gap mythology masks real problems

 April 1, 2014; Updated: 5:00 pm

A few months ago, Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, and Marlene Seltzer, the chief executive of Jobs for the Future, published an article in Politico titled "Closing the Skills Gap." They began portentously: "Today, nearly 11...

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Foreign policy paradox explains Obama's polls

 March 31, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

Whether one likes President Obama's conduct of foreign policy or not, the common assumption is that the administration is at least giving the American people the foreign policy they want. The majority of Americans have opposed any meaningful U.S.

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Facebook sees the postings: Innovate or die

 March 30, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

A few months ago, I wrote that Facebook was doomed: that it could go the way of AOL and MySpace because it wasn't keeping up with technology changes. Social media is becoming less social as people start using their mobile devices more than their...

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Tax reform shell game for more spending

 March 30, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

Rivaling Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as a big thinker, state House Speaker Brendan Sharkey wants to fix Connecticut's tax structure for good once the Democrats are safely back in power for another four years. Sharkey proposes to repeal the property tax...

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Obama vs. Putin? Hardly a fair fight

 March 29, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

"The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That's the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War."

- Barack Obama, March...

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