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Sheen Madness

If there is a better illustration of the decline of American culture, the triumph of technology over privacy, and the end of shame as a motivating force, I can’t think of one.

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When Cuts Don’t Cut It

After slamming Democrats for not focusing on “jobs, jobs, jobs,” Republicans have decided to ignore their own winning message in favor of “cuts, cuts, cuts.”

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State Crises Mean New Language of Deceit

For most of history, we had undebatable definitions of words such as bailout and bankruptcy. Sadly, that’s not the case during a deficit crisis that is seeing language redefined in ideological terms.

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Fouling the Clean Air Act

In a largely hidden component of its attack on the federal budget, the House of Representatives has approved a key Republican campaign promise to big business: protecting it from what the new majority calls the handcuffs of environmental safeguards.

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For Governors: Responsibility Equals Invisibility

If you want to get national attention as a governor these days, don’t try to be innovative about solving the problems you were elected to deal with.

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Boeing Boondoggle: Pork Can Fly

“The gift that keeps on giving” should have been the headline on the Pentagon’s decision to award the Boeing Co. a $35 billion defense contract. Defense of the nation, of course, had nothing to do with it.

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A ‘Where’s Waldo?’ Presidency

For a man who won office talking about change we can believe in, Barack Obama can be a strangely passive president.

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The Battle of the Budgets: New Fronts in the Afghan and Iraq Wars

Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Idaho ... these are the latest fronts in the battle of budgets, with the larger fight over a potential shutdown of the U.S. government looming.

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Arab Revolutions Need Not Be Americanized

A new Middle East, indeed! But not the one that American policymakers expected when the George W. Bush administration launched the “Great War on Terror,” which the last few days have made irrelevant.

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AP / Robert Durell

Divided on Unions

In the national battle over the future of unions, labor’s greatest danger is division among liberals over schoolteachers’ rights in dismissals, evaluation testing, assignments, promotions and tenure.

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