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  • Heart of darkness in buffer zone BOSTON — “Be careful. This is a dangerous corner.”It’s not until you visit the Boston Planned Parenthood clinic at the heart of the recent Supreme Court buffer-zone case that you realize the unnecessary danger it created. And I’m not even inside.On t

    July 18, 2014

  • When should U.S. use force? Was the Iraq war the greatest strategic error in recent decades, as some pundits have suggested recently? The simple answer is no. That honor belongs to the failure to take action against al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden before the attacks that killed ne

    July 17, 2014

  • Student debt relief would cut defaults The U.S. system of student loans is nobody’s idea of a successful program. Default rates are near a two-decade high, burdening borrowers, the government and the economy as a whole. Yet programs intended to help prevent these personal fiascos — by tyi

    July 17, 2014

  • Use the power of the purse Dear Members of Congress,Here’s an assignment for you: Watch the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” and pay particular attention to the part in which Dorothy realizes that in her ruby red slippers, she had the magic power she needed all along.You do, to

    July 17, 2014

  • We love extremists The most important problem facing our national government is political polarization, because it makes governing virtually impossible — unless one party can dominate the House, Senate and White House.What’s driving the problem? One view, favored by po

    July 16, 2014

  • Don't restrict FOIA Kudos to Gov. Pat Quinn.The governor vetoed a measure that would greatly restrict an ordinary citizen’s ability to file Freedom of Information Act requests.I don’t agree with the governor on a lot of things, but this veto was the proper response to a

    July 16, 2014

  • Obamacare doesn't cover media bias WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act — also known as the ACA, Obamacare, the Devil’s Spawn, depending on your orientation — pretty clearly appears to be doing what it’s supposed to be doing: covering the uninsured and controlling costs. Yet it certai

    July 16, 2014

  • Get involved My friends at the fitness center, “Fitness Mafia” and my buddies at the golf course always ask why I keep writing about corrupt political schemes and the run away cost of health care. I get a lot of “Rip it has always been that way and you cannot mak

    July 15, 2014

  • The cyber threat The internet security company Symantec revealed recently that a group of hackers known as Dragonfly infiltrated malware into legitimate software belonging to three manufacturers of industrial control systems — the stuff that controls factories and po

    July 15, 2014

  • Minutes misunderstood by investors The gap between what the Federal Reserve says about monetary policy and what investors think it’s saying would be funny if it weren’t so important. Most of this gap is the listeners’ fault — but not all. The Fed could do a better job of explaining it

    July 15, 2014

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