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    Washington Post Editorials: Latest Editorial and Editorial Archive

  • Yet again, the Clintons skate close to the line on ethics

    Editorial Board
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    SERVICE AT the highest levels of the United States government demands a certain instinctive sensitivity to right and wrong when it comes to ethics. So much can happen belowdecks that a Cabinet member or president must set high standards and expect that subordinates will follow the example. This is why the latest disclosures about the Clinton Foundation’s donors raise new concerns about Hillary Clinton’s presidential quest.Read full article >>
  • A smooth presidential transition can’t be done in just a few weeks

    Editorial Board
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:40 pm
    MAX STIER remembers learning in school that one of the practices that make the United States a great country is the quadrennial peaceful transfer of power. “What no one explained,” Mr. Stier noted during a recent visit to The Post, “is that the transfer is peaceful but ugly.”Read full article >>
  • The stonewalling sheriff

    Editorial Board
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:38 pm
    NEARLY THREE months after a mentally ill inmate at the Fairfax County jail fell into a coma and died after she was shot repeatedly with a stun gun, the county’s jailers have suspended use of the weapon at the facility.Read full article >>
  • Congress should not abdicate its duty on war

    Editorial Board
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:37 pm
    AFTER HOUSE Republican leaders announced last week that they would not act on President Obama’s request for an authorization of military force against the Islamic State, critics asked a fair question: How come legislators who insisted on congressional review of the pending nuclear accord with Iran see no need to vote on the military campaign now underway in Iraq and Syria? Read full article >>
  • Republicans are engaging in smog and mirrors on climate

    Editorial Board
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:35 pm
    “CLIMATE CHANGE can no longer be denied,” President Obama said in Everglades National Park on Wednesday. “It can’t be edited out. It can’t be omitted from the conversation.” No matter how much, Mr. Obama might have added, Republican presidential hopefuls would like to neglect the matter. Read full article >>
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  • J.A. Jance

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of both the J. P. Beaumont series and the Joanna Brady Series. She has written 40 novels and she has more than 10 million copies of her books in print. Visit her Web site: JAJance.com.
  • Candace Calloway Whiting

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Candace Calloway Whiting has studied and trained dolphins, seals, and orca whales. She is currently a volunteer at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor.
  • Vivian McPeak

    11 Apr 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Vivian McPeak is a Pacific Northwest based musician and social justice activist. He is also the executive director of the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally, Seattle Hempfest.
  • Robert A. Brown

    11 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Just another weblog
  • Dr. Jim Taylor

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of business, sport, and parenting. Jim is the author or editor of ten books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles, and speaks to and consults with businesses, athletes and sports teams, and schools throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. To learn more, visit www.drjimtaylor.com.
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  • Lead Letter: There's no compelling reason to alter Lake Ocklawaha

    Ruth Lawler
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    My husband and I own nearly seven acres on the south shore of Lake Ocklawaha, though it is a wooded property and we cannot see the water from our cabin. We purchased this in 2003 and moved here full time from Manatee County in 2011. When we first bought our property, we were skeptical of this whole Rodman Reservoir thing, as we have always been very concerned about not harming the environment. DID RESEARCH We did considerable research. read more
  • Cheers: Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center deserves applause

    Monday Cheers
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    Cheers to The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center for its tremendous work screening children at risk for communication disorders and giving them treatment. The center recently conducted speech-pathology screenings for 2,385 area children, all between the ages of 2 and 5. It also provided 1,765 speech and language therapy sessions to nearly 80 children who had been identified as having potential challenges with communication. read more
  • Monday's Letters: War on Christians and Jews shouldn't be ignored

    Letters from readers
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    JOHN DELANEY Poor memory Perhaps John Delaney has forgotten — after all, it has been many years since he was mayor of Jacksonville. Perhaps Delaney has forgotten that it is City Council, not the mayor, that votes on every aspect of the budget. Over the past three years, the City Council significantly changed the budgets presented by Mayor Alvin Brown and morphed them in such a way as to be unrecognizable when the final budgets were voted on. If the city’s current budget is “in shambles,” it is because of City Council — not the mayor. read more
  • Guest column: Legislation needed to support troubling gaps in transportation vehicle coverage

    Logan McFaddin
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Transportation network companies — such as UberX and Lyft — have been exploding in popularity across Florida. More than 82 percent of Floridians currently have access to transportation network company services. Passengers are able to connect with drivers in their area and pay for their service, all through a smartphone app. Jacksonville residents have had access to UberX’s services since 2014, so it’s quite possible that you’ve used this service. read more
  • Sound Off: In this digital age, do libraries still matter?

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    With all the information on the Internet and tablets and phones that allow you to download books, some people criticize spending money on libraries. We asked members of the Times-Union/Jacksonville.com Email Interactive Group how they view libraries these days. Here is a sampling of the responses: read more
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  • What's partisan about fact?

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    "Obama is a Muslim," it said. "That is a FACT."
  • Income inequality affects us all

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    By any metric, the United States has one of the highest rates of income inequality of any developed country in the world. Take, for example, Walt Disney Co., where the CEO earned a $43.7 million salary in 2014, but the median worker took home $19,530. But while this problem has existed as far back...
  • Poll: To know fracking is to (not) love it

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    As Gov. Larry Hogan considers whether to sign legislation that would put a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Maryland, on top of the three-year moratorium that just ended, I'm left wondering if somewhere there is a drilling executive who is convinced that if the public just knew a...
  • Flunking civics should no longer be an option

    25 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    "Don't know much about history" -- Sam Cooke
  • Expanding the transportation conversation

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    Transportation is a hot button issue in Baltimore City these days. In fact, it's red hot. At a recent community meeting , residents unloaded on the Maryland Department of Transportation over a proposed plan to restrict parking on the south side of Aliceanna Street during rush hour.
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  • Asides: More space for training, more help for troubled students, more canines helping veterans

    By the Editorial Board
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    VALUABLE HELP takes many forms. The Trade Institute of Pittsburgh in Homewood opened a new, 10,000-square-foot facility last week, which means twice as many students will be able to learn masonry — often a ticket to a productive career. Most of the students join the program after being released from prison and, since 2009, more than 100 men have completed the 10-week session. Dozens more are waiting to enroll, and the move from its space at the Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg to the former Westinghouse Electric building on Susquehanna Street makes that possible. By the end of the month, 16…
  • The new heroin entrepreneurs

    By Sam Quinones
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Fatal heroin overdoses in America have almost tripled in three years. More than 8,250 people a year now die from heroin. At the same time, roughly double that number are dying from prescription opioid painkillers, which are molecularly similar. Heroin has become the fallback dope when an addict can’t afford, or find, pills. Total overdose deaths, most often from pills and heroin, now surpass traffic fatalities.
  • Jack Kelly: Chipotle gets gaggled by the Clinton media horde

    By Jack Kelly / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    On her way to Iowa in a van she called “Scooby Doo,” Hillary Clinton stopped for lunch at a Chipotle restaurant outside Toledo.
  • Controller Wagner: For Allegheny County, she’s the better watchdog

    By the Editorial Board
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    When buying a watchdog, most people prefer one with lots of bark and bite.
  • David M. Shribman: Clinton and the special interests

    By David M. Shribman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    The campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination may be without competition, but it is not without interest.
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  • Letters: The truth behind UC hiring spike

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    “UC pensions, paychecks balloon” [Editorial, April 23] ignores critical information that the Register itself reported and wrongly accuses UC of fiscal mismanagement. It fails to mention that UC has already implemented pension reform, increasing...
  • Police brutality the domestic policy issue of our time

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    So, Michael Brown was the wrong cause célèbre and Ferguson the wrong town. That’s the conclusion reached by a St. Louis County grand jury – and the U.S. Justice Department. Maybe that’s right, although Brown’s family filed a wrongful death...
  • Large ’16 field making GOP nervous

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    By one measure, we’re now up to 19 Republican contenders for their party’s presidential nomination. That’s a measure of how robust and energized the GOP has become in the wake of Barack Obama’s term in office. This year offers the party...
  • Doomsday forecasts for planet ignore facts

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Think about this: There is no period in the history of mankind that would be a better time to be alive than today. Although most people resist this message, and perhaps it is natural to have a yearning for what is recalled as the simpler times of...
  • The flaw Hillary's resume can't offset

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    Many of our friends on the Right view Hillary Clinton unfavorably. Some are of the opinion that she is, in the damning words of the late columnist Bill Safire, “a congenital liar.” Others share the uncharitable view of former House Speaker Dick...
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    Arkansas Online stories: Opinion and Letters*

  • Letters

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:04 am
    Judge of free speech
  • Bubba breaks it down

    <StaffMember: John Brummett>
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:04 am
    Requests have trickled in for a visit with Bubba McCoy. Readers wanted me to gather the paunchy rascal's thoughts on the recent legislative session.
  • Almost losing Anna

    <StaffMember: Mike Masterson>
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:03 am
    Warming weather each spring invariably triggers terrifying visions embroidered into my psyche.
  • A new waste watcher

    Orange County Register
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:03 am
    We were saddened to see the consummate government watchdog, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., resign his seat in December due to a recurrence of cancer.
  • Words matter in war

    STEPHEN CARTER Bloomberg News
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    There is an eerie Orwellian cost to the Obama administration's refusal to use the term "War on Terror" to describe its . . . war on terror. In his briefing after the White House's admission that two hostages--one American, one Italian--were killed in a U.S. "operation," press secretary Josh Earnest struggled mightily to avoid the word "war" to describe exactly what the U.S. is up to.
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  • Cavs Sweep Celts As James Scores 27 In 101-93 Victory

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:03 pm
    BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James dribbled out the final 20 seconds while players embraced as the Cavaliers completed a sweep of the Celtics.
  • Aftershocks terrify survivors of Nepal quake that killed 2,500+

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors in the devastation wrought a day earlier by a massive earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan nation and killed more than 2,500 people.
  • How To Help Nepal Earthquake Victims

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Aid groups are rushing to get crucial supplies to survivors of Nepal's devastating earthquake, which has killed more than 2,500 people. Here's a look at humanitarian efforts under way in Nepal and how to donate online:
  • Family Of Former CT National Guard Member Missing In Thailand Return Home

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:53 pm
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The mother and sister of a former Western Massachusetts man missing on vacation have returned after nearly a week in Thailand seeking information about his disappearance.
  • Vinyl Record Fans Up With Sun For Record Store Day

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    As the sun inched above the horizon last Saturday morning, a line of more than 100 people wrapped around a North Colony Road parking lot in Wallingford. There was a low murmur passing among them as they discussed music and the vinyl they hoped to score when Redscroll Records opened its doors for...
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  • Mercury News editorial: Despite Rep's demise, there's great theater in San Jose

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:14 pm
    The debate over how to use downtown San Jose's Hammer Theatre, former home of the bankrupt San Jose Rep, is narrowing. Next month, the advisory group appointed to review proposals for re-using the building are due to make a recommendation to a city council committee, zeroing in on how to activate the city-owned space so important to downtown's vitality.It's tough. But amid all the hand-wringing and second-guessing in the wake of the Rep's demise last year, it's important to remember this:Artistically excellent theater still is alive and well in San Jose.Just blocks away from the Hammer in…
  • Mercury News editorial: S.J. council should vote on drone ordinance

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:43 pm
    The ACLU isn't the only one these days worried about new forms of government surveillance. Edward Snowden and the NSA made sure of that.The fallout makes it imperative that the San Jose City Council publicly discuss and vote on the Police Department's policy for using the drone it purchased last year without prior discussion in public. The purchase appeared on a City Council consent calendar in 2014 and was approved in a single yes-or-no vote with reams of routine items requiring no discussion. It was a blunder by the police and then-Mayor Chuck Reed and the council, appearing to be an end…
  • Mercury News editorial: Steph Curry and the Jersey boys is a great story

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    If you weren't a basketball fan before you read sports writer Dan Brown's lovely story last week about Warriors star and league MVP favorite Stephen Curry befriending some young fans in central New Jersey, you're probably at least peeking at the NBA playoffs these days.If you were rooting for some other team, you must be having second thoughts.And if you haven't read Brown's story, which is linked to this editorial at www.mercurynews.com/opinion, you really should. Especially if you're fed up with today's multimillionaire professional athletes who often act more like thugs. Instead, Curry is…
  • Mercury News editorial: Water ruling on Prop 218 can be overcome

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:18 pm
    It's been 19 years since voters passed one of the worst initiatives in California history: Proposition 218, which micromanages and severely limits the way public agencies can raise money.The latest of many harmful consequences was Tuesday's 4th District Court of Appeal ruling that a tiered water-rate structure used by San Juan Capistrano to encourage conservation violates the convoluted rules. The court held that since Proposition 218 prohibits charging more for a service than it costs to provide, the policy of charging higher rates to users of more water was unconstitutional.At least…
  • Mercury News editorial: Judy Chirco a great opportunity for county board

    <p class="Byline">Mercury News Editorial</p>
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Leon Beauchman's resignation from the Santa Clara County Board of Education was a big loss. He was a thoughtful and stabilizing influence, and appointing the right person to succeed him May 6 presents a real challenge to the remaining six board members.But on the list of applicants, one name jumps out:Judy Chirco.What an opportunity. The former two-term San Jose city councilwoman and Cambrian school board member is the epitome of the public servant, approaching civic responsibilities with careful study and intelligent, independent thought. She comfortably balances fiscal restraint with a…
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    FresnoBee.com: Opinion

  • Who do you stand for? Families embrace souls lost in Armenian genocide

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:28 pm
    “It was the night of April 24, 1915, when the Armenian intellectuals, professionals, editors, and religious leaders in Constantinople were rounded up by the Ottoman authorities, and almost all of them were executed,” novelist Chris Bohjalian writes in a Boston Globe op-ed. Read comments
  • Editorial cartoons by The Bee’s SW Parra

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:57 am
    Here’s a section of editorial cartoons by The Fresno Bee’s SW Parra. Read comments
  • Gena Lew Gong: Vang murder shows need to address domestic violence

    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    On March 31, Becky Zyang Vang was shot and killed by her ex-husband, Neng Moua, who then turned his gun on himself. Various reasons have been circulating as to why this tragedy occurred, casting undue criticism on the Hmong community and questioning if her culture is partially to blame for Becky’s death. While we may never know the exact reason this horrific act of violence occurred, one thing is clear: There is no excuse for domestic violence. Read comments
  • Stanley R. Surabian: They are still Ottomans

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Next Friday, the civilized world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the torture and massacre of the Armenian citizens living in the Ottoman Empire during the period of 1915 until 1923. Read comments
  • Kathleen Parker: Ring in the olde or the new?

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    WASHINGTON – Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past. Read comments
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  • Israel air strikes Syrian border

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    JERUSALEM — Israel’s military said Sunday it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the occupied Golan Heights.
  • Fire hits Toledo apartments

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Toledo firefighters were working to extinguish a blaze at an apartment complex at 953 Linden Ave. this afternoon. 
  • Clinton Foundation had tax mistakes

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    The Clinton Foundation's acting chief executive admitted on Sunday that the charity had made mistakes on how it listed government donors on its tax returns and said it was working to make sure it does not happen in the future.
  • U.S., allies attack Syria, Iraq

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    WASHINGTON -- U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Syria with three air strikes from Saturday to Sunday morning and conducted 17 strikes against the group in Iraq, the U.S. military said.
  • Cincinnati websites hacked by alleged ISIS affiliate

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    CINCINNATI — A group claiming to be affiliated with Islamic state extremists has hacked the website of a developer group in downtown Cincinnati.
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  • Fishing lessons: Like father, like son

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    For several years, I had been asking my father to take me with him on opening day of trout season. Each time I asked, he ...
  • Step right up for a $10.10 minimum wage? No thanks

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Cue the barker! Bring on the hurdy-gurdy man! Yes, the carnival is back in town, kids! Gather ’round for the latest performance by that favorite ...
  • Sunday pops

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Actors’ Equity, the national union representing stage actors, has decided to force a number of small Los Angeles theaters to pay the minimum wage. New ...
  • The Box

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Dear Plum administrators: Hell hath no fury like a DA nipping at your heels. Yours, Old Man River. ...
  • Verbatim

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    “2016 will be a year that changes America. Either real Americans are able to take the Republican Party and the nation back or America goes ...
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  • Nepal earthquake: We still don't know the fate of two million people near the quake

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Nepal earthquake was expected. For 15 years seismologists warned of growing tension along the Nepal-Bihar faultline, which snaps at least once a century. They feared a repeat of the 1934 disaster that killed 12,000, a sixth of the population, including the daughters of the King and Prime Minister. Now 2.5 million people are crammed into the Valley. Would the honeycomb of fragile, hastily built homes collapse? Would only the solid, historic buildings survive?
  • Letters: Teachers’ morale has never been lower

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    The young teachers’ letter (25 April) is serious, as are its implications for state education. Thank you for publishing it and for your Letter from the Editor.
  • Sunday Times Rich List: We are no longer in thrall to very rich people

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Spring is breaking out all over. The swallows have arrived, orange-tip butterflies flit over the cowslips, and – just to prove that, where there is beauty, ugliness is never far away – the Sunday Times Rich List has been published.
  • Remember when David Cameron almost cried over Scotland because he loved it so much?

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    After another sustained barrage of Scotophobic mayhem from the Tories and their media soulmates, the mind flashes back to David Cameron’s autumnal plea to Scotland. You’ll choke up at his words, so I’ll swiftly mention a couple of the weekend’s tartan terror highlights while you hunt out the Kleenex.
  • General Election 2015: It's time we forgot what school we all went to

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    So, a week after George Osborne scored points off Labour’s Harriet Harman by pointing out she went to the girls’ version of the same school (St Paul’s) as him before Oxford, here’s Boris Johnson, trying to do the same to Ed Miliband by reminding him they went to the same primary school.
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  • No one who backs the UK can deny the legitimacy of the SNP | Nigel Dodds

    Nigel Dodds
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:30 pm
    I disgree with Nicola Sturgeon, but the Tories’ English votes for English laws plan is a constitutional messThe general election is exciting in Scotland and Scotland is exciting the rest of the country. Not many expected the result now rolling down the length of Britain towards Westminster, but we need to come to terms with what this is going to mean. For the UK does not just need good and stable government after 7 May, it needs responsible politicians too, whether in office or opposition. At the moment, the current state of the campaign greatly concerns me.Naturally the SNP is the first…
  • Martin Rowson on the government and the Sunday Times rich list – cartoon

    Martin Rowson
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:31 pm
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  • The average supermarket is a chilly, fluorescent-lit hell. Here’s how to fix it

    Paul Mason
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    My radical plan to reinvent Tesco: a supermarket that promotes sociability, shares its data and looks after your health‘There are some stores,” Tesco’s beleaguered boss Dave Lewis suggested last week, “where we might want to put a giraffe in there.” The thought was only marginally less surreal than the loss he had just announced: at £6.4bn it was the largest writedown in British retail history. It was only after a moment’s puzzlement that the non-specialist journos in the room realised he was talking about a restaurant, not a quaduped.Tesco, it turns out, not only owns the…
  • The Guardian view on Lutfur Rahman: ethics must trump ethnicity | Editorial

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    The sectarian politics of victimisation and electoral fraud that were practised in Tower Hamlets threaten to eviscerate democracyThe wholly devastating verdict against Lutfur Rahman, the former mayor of Tower Hamlets, found guilty of corrupt practices, vote-rigging, and deliberately smearing his Labour rival as a racist, destroys more than the career of an energetic and illegally unscrupulous politician. It is also a damning criticism of the inadequate ways in which British democracy defends itself against fraud, demagoguery and corruption.Justice has been done here, but it has been done…
  • Mediterranean migrants: No one makes this journey just to pick up benefits | Gary Younge

    Gary Younge
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Those who insist the west can’t take in the world’s misery must acknowledge how much of that misery we’re responsible forWhile travelling up the US-Mexican border several years ago, I met an anti-immigration campaigner in Columbus, New Mexico who went by the name of Quasimodo and who had carried a .38 pistol around with him ever since he went into an abandoned house and found some Latinos there.“I looked around and there were 12 guys just 10ft away looking at me,” he explained.It would be comforting to blame [the anti-immigration culture] solely on Tory policy. It would also be…
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    Business and finance

  • Watch and wait

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:19 pm
    THE launch of the new Apple Watch has unsurprisingly attracted the attention of travel-service providers. But those assuming there has been a stampede by airlines and hotel groups to rush out tailored programs would be wrong. Barely more than half a dozen travel apps were announced after the watch’s launch in March. Although that number has now doubled, plenty of notable travel firms remain absent. Some are working on it. Others are watching and waiting.The current crop of Apple Watch travel apps can be split into two areas. The first is logistics: those which purport to smooth…
  • The great disconnect

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    THE NASDAQ may have passed its record high, although like London's FTSE 100 it took its time about doing so; 15 years, to be precise. So much for the mantra that shares are always the best long-term investment; Japan's Nikkei 225 just celebrated its achievement in reaching 20,000, just over half its 1989 peak.Share are being propped up by the lack of decent alternatives; investors think bonds are overvalued and cash yields zero, or less. They may also worry that shares are overvalued, but while monetary policy remains supportive, they are not worrying too much.But what is the value of a…
  • Unwound

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:27 am
    ON THE eve of Valentine’s Day last year Comcast announced its intention to enter a surprise union with Time Warner Cable (TWC). Together the two firms were to form the largest cable company in America. But not everyone loves a power couple. This newspaper was early to point out that the $45 billion deal would give Comcast too much market dominance, particularly when it comes to internet delivery. According to Moffett Nathanson, a research firm, the combined firm would have controlled around 30% of the national pay-television market and 40% of high-speed broadband—even after it had…
  • On the edge of Grexit, trade and scrip tease

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    THIS week's print edition has an array of economics articles that may be of interest. The following have particularly caught our eye:Greece: On the Gredge (Leaders)Greece and the markets: Hellenic bruises (Finance)The politics of trade: Fighting the secret plot to make the world richer (United States)And don't forget to take a glance at this week's Free Exchange column, which looks at the feasibility of using scrip currency.
  • No longer the kiss of death

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    IN 2014 commodity prices tumbled. Many economists feared the worst for Africa. For decades the continent has been worryingly dependent on commodities to power economic growth. When prices crashed, economies would go into a tailspin. This time around, though, things seem different. The continent is holding up well.  The map above looks at how forecasts from the International Monetary Fund for African growth in 2015-16 have changed in the past year. Compared to what it was predicting in April 2014, the IMF now expects slower economic growth in most African economies. For…
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  • A letter of apology to my grandson

    Tom Engelhardt
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Dear Grandson, Consider my address book — and yes, the simple fact that I have one already tells you a good deal about me. All the names, street addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers that matter to me are still on paper, not in a computer or on an iPhone, and it's not complicated to know what that means: I'm an old guy getting older. Going on 71, though I can hardly believe it. And that little book shows all the signs of where I'm headed. It wasn't true a few years ago, but if I start (...) - 2015/04
  • Sex, drugs, and dead soldiers

    Nick Turse
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Six people lay lifeless in the filthy brown water. It was 5:09 a.m. when their Toyota Land Cruiser plunged off a bridge in the West African country of Mali. For about two seconds, the SUV sailed through the air, pirouetting 180 degrees as it plunged 70 feet, crashing into the Niger River. Three of the dead were American commandos. The driver, a captain nicknamed “Whiskey Dan,” was the leader of a shadowy team of operatives never profiled in the media and rarely mentioned even in government (...) - Open page
  • A foreclosure conveyor belt

    Laura Gottesdiener
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:35 am
    Unlike so many industrial innovations, the revolving door was not developed in Detroit. It took its first spin in Philadelphia in 1888, the brainchild of Theophilus Van Kannel, the soon-to-be founder of the Van Kannel Revolving Door Company. Its purpose was twofold: to better insulate buildings from the cold and to allow greater numbers of people easier entry at any given time. On March 31st at the Wayne Country Treasurer's Office, that Victorian-era invention was accomplishing neither (...) - Open page
  • The renewable revolution

    Michael Klare
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:47 am
    Don't hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels. Those fuels — oil, natural gas, and coal — will, of course, continue to dominate the energy landscape for years to come, adding billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon to the atmosphere. For the first time, however, it appears that a shift to renewable energy sources is gaining (...) - Open page
  • Who is to pay for South Africa's electricity?

    Lucy Baker
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    Coal-dependent South Africa is currently facing its worst electricity crisis in 40 years. Load shedding, or planned outages, which have been taking place regularly across the country since mid-2014, are now predicted to last until 2018. With the country's reserve margin on a knife-edge, approximately a quarter of the population - 12.3 million people - lack access to electricity. South Africa's energy-intensive industrial users consume over 40 per cent of the country's electricity. There are (...) - Blog posts / Exclusive
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    nzherald.co.nz - Opinion

  • It's hard to stop power going to your head

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    I am a shadow of my former self. One of the medications I'm on has made me lose a lot of weight, not through trying.I never weigh myself and I have to point out it's not attractive: now you can see my ribs. And with the weight loss,...
  • World's coolest economist hot on his numbers

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Michael Pettis must be the world's coolest economist.That's a very uncool thing to say of course. He'd probably dispute it too. But it is hard to imagine a much cooler character than the casually dishevelled American who greets...
  • Editorial: Baby needs at odds with older tots' learning

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Our investigation of early childhood education last week found a problem that invites an obvious solution. A frazzled teacher told us she was ready to quit over working conditions so intense she felt she could not give the children...
  • Satellite dream a nightmare for investors

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    There's no denying the romance of space and perhaps this is why so many investors, customers and journalists got caught up in the dream of launching Australia's first privately owned satellite.But they will be rueing the day they...
  • Matt Heath: Road rage poor reward for rescuing toddler

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    I saw a really cute toddler last Monday afternoon. She had cute little pigtails, a pink onesie and no one with her.She was toddling in the middle of traffic on a busy central Auckland road.I was riding my bike on the left, she...
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  • 男性は思ったよりも見ている

    11 Apr 2015 | 5:53 pm
    しかし大学に入った時に仲良くなった男の子に「お前、膝の毛くらい剃れよ!」と言われてしまいました。 足の毛は剃っていましたが、その時の自分にとって膝は盲点であまり気にしていませんでした。 仲がよかったから言ってくれたのだと思い、それからあちこちの毛を気にするようになりました。
  • 理想の彼氏をゲットするために脱毛を開始

    15 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    私が脱毛をはじめることになったきっかけは、 ずっと前から狙っていた外国人彼と初めて対面することになったことです。 インターネットで知り合った彼と初めて対面するため、彼の国に旅立つことになりました。念願の外国人彼氏が目の前まできた時、私は果たして女子として彼にふさわしいだろうか、そんなふうに考えました。 今では足腕、脇をしていますが、VIOも気になってきています。 無事外国人の彼氏もGETしました^^
  • 物凄くイケメンなのにハゲは辛い

    12 Feb 2015 | 12:06 am
  • 女性タレントさんの足の映像を観て脱毛に興味

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:47 pm
    私にとって、芸能人の特に女性は、全て、そのような事に関して、もう少し、神経を使っている人ばかりだと思っていましたので、正直、興ざめしたのです。 其の後、他の番組で、今度は、ある女優さんが、足の毛のみならず、全身、毛深い体質の為、共演男優に不評だという理由で、海外で、全身脱毛を行って帰国したというエピソードを聞き、案外、毛深さで悩んでいる人の多さを改めて感じたのでした。
  • 髪がないとモテない

    4 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Leading By Engaging

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:19 am
    During his presidency, Barack Obama has recognized that America’s only hope for influencing isolated countries’ behavior is to engage directly with them. While this has proved remarkably successful as a bilateral strategy, continued US global leadership will require Obama’s successor to move beyond bilateral engagement.
  • The Shareholder Spring Continues

    Lucy P. Marcus
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    It is annual general meeting season – the time of year when some of the world’s biggest companies gather to report to shareholders and have some semblance of a conversation with them. Managers and board members should not try to duck that conversation.
  • Democracy Versus Growth?

    Harold James
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:19 am
    Europe’s ongoing malaise has reignited the old debate over which form of government produces better economic performance. Are authoritarian regimes, with their ability to ram through unpopular choices, more effective at generating growth, or does liberal democracy, with its built in checks and balances, yield greater prosperity?
  • A New Deal for Greece

    Yanis Varoufakis
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Though three months of negotiations between the Greek government and its European and international partners have brought about much convergence, they have not yet produced an agreement. What steps are needed to produce a viable, mutually acceptable reform agenda?
  • Good-Government Authoritarianism?

    Alfred Stepan, et al.
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Countries like Singapore are often held up as proof that authoritarianism succeeds in fighting corruption. But, aside from this supposition’s profoundly anti-democratic implications, it also happens to be empirically false.
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    Baby Bummers Cartoons

  • Everything is Everything

    25 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    “Is it just me, or is everything getting annoying?” The post Everything is Everything appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Pulitzer Prized

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    “Target’s Lilly Pulitzer now on eBay for more than real Lilly Pulitzer – Turning florals into greedy green.” The post Pulitzer Prized appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Status Update

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    ” I’m tired of  ‘Liking’ all your Facebook posts when you never  ‘Like’ mine.”   The post Status Update appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Earthy

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    “Earth Day?  They’ll always be planet #9,577,165 to me.”   The post Earthy appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
  • Happy 420

    20 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    “To celebrate 420, Gary mows his weeds.” The post Happy 420 appeared first on Baby Bummers Cartoons.
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  • Only one minute left! Ten Minutes Later…

    Thomas Vollaro
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:48 am
    Basketball is a fast-paced, highly energized sport that can be quite a spectacle to watch. With players flying up and down the court, the game can seem like it’s zooming by. That is, of course, until the torturous pain of the final minute of the game. The last “minute” of a basketball game can range anywhere from a little over a minute to a little over 20 minutes with the average often around the four or five mark. Intentional fouls, time outs, and official replays are the main culprits of the last “minute” phenomenon. Even in blowout games the final minute often lasts more than…
  • DECA MADbudget | This week’s highlights: 26.04.2015

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    MADRID, SPAIN. Each week, DECA MADbudget prepares a list of interesting links we’ve come across in and around the web. “Think you have a great story to tell? Follow us on Twitter @ROOSTERGNNand Facebook, and add #ROOSTERGNN to your tweets or Facebook posts. The best finds will be shared each week on ROOSTERGNN, some in English, some in Spanish and some by our very own RGNN journalists. Cada semana DECA MADbudget prepara una lista de enlaces interesantes con los que nos hemos encontrado por la web. ¿Tienes un enlace que compartir? Síguenos en Twitter @ROOSTERGNNy Facebook, y añade…
  • OLYMPUS | This Week’s Highlights 24.04.2015

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    OLYMPUS. Each week, RGNN OLYMPUS CHANNEL prepares a list of interesting links we’ve come across in and around the web Think you have a great story to tell? Follow us on Twitter@ROOSTERGNNandFacebook, and add #ROOSTERGNN to your tweets or Facebook posts. The best finds will be shared each week on ROOSTERGNN, some in English, some in Spanish and some by our very own RGNN journalists. Cada semana RGNN OLYMPUS CHANNEL prepara una lista de enlaces interesantes con los que nos hemos encontrado por la web. ¿Tienes un enlace que compartir? Síguenos en Twitter@ROOSTERGNNyFacebook, y añade…
  • How to Travel Through Europe on a Budget

    Joseph Matthews
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:49 pm
    How to Travel Through Europe on a Budget The recent surge in the strength of the U.S. dollar combined with the fall in the value of the Euro has made traveling throughout Europe for American tourists cheaper than it has been in quite some time! So economically speaking, now is a good time to get your passport ready for a few more stamps! In general, travel in Europe, especially in western Europe, can be quite expensive. However, after living and studying abroad in Spain for almost a year now, I have learned a few ways to make traveling throughout Europe much more easier on the wallet. Budget…
  • Romance In NYC

    Maggie Cereghino
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    With a city so full of so many different restaurants, destinations and sightseeing opportunities it can often be overwhelming to choose one spot to take that special someone. Although there are millions of places in New York City that one can go to, the ones listed below are some of the most guaranteed romantic spots that the city of lights has to offer. © The Central Park Boathouse The Loeb Boathouse: Located in the middle of Central Park, The Loeb Boathouse rents small boats to take out on the serene lake. Romantic lovers can also rent Venetian gondolas to take them around the lake, which…
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