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Mar 14,2008
Be wary of those who plant their flags on the moral high ground to open the door for doing what is patently immoral. It is what President Bush did last weekend when he vetoed legislation that would limit the CIA to interrogation techniques contained in the Army field manual. It's about protecting us, the president said in his Saturday radio address. And he cited terrorist acts thwarted because the administration gave its interrogators some flexibility. ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
The Labor Department reports that the nation lost 63,000 jobs last month, after losing 22,000 in January. Those numbers are the clearest sign yet that the nation might be in recession. Put the emphasis on "might." When a recession gets rolling, job losses tend to be much worse. In the 2001 slump - which was mild by historical standards - monthly job losses hit 325,000, and stayed above 100,000 for nine months. We're not at ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will tighten ozone pollution standards this week. That's a victory for people with breathing problems and heart disease. But it's not as big a victory as it should be. The new standards will be only a modest improvement. That's because the Bush administration is poised to ignore the recommendations of an independent scientific advisory committee and set the new standard above where it should be. The administration is under court ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
On Monday afternoon in Baghdad's once-fashionable Mansour district, five U.S. soldiers were killed when a young man walked up to them to chat and then detonated the explosive vest he was wearing. Will that be enough to convince a nation with a famously short attention span to re-focus on the continuing tragedy that is the war in Iraq? Our guess: Probably not. These were somebody else's kids, after all. Besides, the governor of New York ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
The argument against Florida and Michigan "do-over" primary elections is that those states knew the rules: Jumping ahead without party sanction in the primary schedule would mean no delegates from those states would be seated at the Democratic National Convention. The argument for seating the states' delegates anyway, without new elections, is that - patriotic music in the background breaking in robustly here - the people have spoken. They voted. It would be undemocratic to ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
The Federal Aviation Administration is due for an overhaul in the wake of a safety scandal over Boeing 737 jets flown by Southwest Airlines. The airline missed required inspection for fuselage cracks on 46 airplanes. But when the error was discovered, the planes continued flying with a wink from low-level FAA officials. Those officials not only failed to ground the jets once the problem was revealed, they apparently did not provide much oversight to catch ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
Stanford University's announcement that it would cover the $36,000 annual tuition bills for students from families making less than $100,000 a year and also provide free room and board for students from families making less than $60,000 annually drew broad praise. Too many elite schools are simply beyond the means of many smart kids from middle-class and working-class families, even those who receive financial aid. Stanford's motives aren't necessarily pure. Senators have been pressing top ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
The presidential campaign is a highly serious matter, of course. But to any observer who can manage the slightest bit of detachment, the candidates' strategy and tactics are a constant source of comedy. Earlier this year, the challenge for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was to prove that he was a genuine Republican tough guy on foreign policy. So Romney promised to "double Guantanamo." A leaked campaign memo laid out how such red-meat rhetoric would ... [full story]
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Mar 14,2008
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's muscle has atrophied for 25 years. Its ability to protect the public from dangerous goods fell victim to budget cuts, staff reductions and blind faith that the free market would cure all ills. Last week, that began to change. The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that would drastically increase the commission's budget over the next three years. It would establish a Web site to warn consumers about safety problems; ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2008
After another twist in the presidential campaign trail, the contrasts between the Republican and Democratic contests could not be more glaring. John McCain, dismissed as a political fatality only a few months ago, has obtained the GOP nomination and now can turn his attention and resources to the fall campaign. Meantime, Hillary Clinton, written off just last week by pundits who thought her Democratic bid for the White House was doomed by the Barack Obama ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2008
Primary elections on Tuesday consolidated the field of potential presidential candidates and re-energized the dogfight between the Democrats. The inevitable coronation of Sen. John McCain as the presumptive Republican nominee became reality as he swept the four primaries, and Gov. Mike Huckabee withdrew. The Republican Party now will focus on fundraising, organizing and strategy while the Democrats continue battling for delegates and dollars, possibly all the way to their late-August nominating convention in Denver. McCain ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2008
There are, of course, the nights with only four to five hours of sleep - if that. A baby changes lives. There is no doubt. When the mother is a teenager, unmarried and without the money to support herself or a child, life virtually implodes. That, essentially, is the story that Tiera Smith, 18, of Milwaukee tells. A mother at 17 to Kamran, now 6 months old, she is walking testimony to the consequences of ... [full story]
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Mar 07,2008
It is a stunning - many would say appalling - coincidence that Virginia Tech mass murderer Seung-Hui Cho and Northern Illinois University killer Steven Kazmierczak each bought merchandise from the same Internet gun dealer in the weeks before their crimes. Cho bought a Walther P22 pistol from www.thegunsource.com and used it in the April 2007 massacre of 32 people in Blacksburg, Va. Kazmierczak bought two empty Glock 9 mm magazines and a Glock holster from ... [full story]
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