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Feb 29,2008
The style and wit of William F. Buckley Jr. will be sorely missed in U.S. politics. The founder of modern American conservatism, Buckley also was a novelist, columnist, editor, television talk show host, trans-ocean sailor, Central Intelligence Agency operative, Army officer and half-serious candidate for public office. Buckley died Wednesday at age 82. National Review, the magazine he founded in 1955, grew into conservatism's intellectual center and later translated to political success with election of ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
Former UAW President Douglas A. Fraser, who died Saturday at 91, was a tough negotiator who sought the best deal for his members. But he also knew that unless the companies where his members worked stayed in business, the best labor contract didn't mean anything. Fraser played a key role in Chrysler's survival in the late 1970s, when the company won $1.5 billion in loan guarantees from the federal government, which helped it stay afloat. ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
Two-thirds of Cuba's 11.4 million people were born after Fidel Castro came to power nearly five decades ago. Having known no ruler other than Castro, they will have to wait yet a while longer before getting a leader by any other name. To no one's surprise, the ailing dictator's younger brother, 76-year-old Raul, has been named his successor as president. For the foreseeable future, then, Cuba will remain the personal domain of the Castros. Even ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
Despite all the best intentions, all the necessary knowledge and tools and a ton of money, some things are just very hard to do. Like ridding the world of polio. In the 53 years since Dr. Jonas Salk announced the development of a safe and effective killed-virus injectable vaccine, followed six years later by Dr. Albert Sabin's live-virus oral vaccine, the disease has essentially been eradicated in the United States. There have been no new ... [full story]
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Feb 29,2008
Planning a nice family vacation this summer to one of the country's 390 gorgeous national parks? Great. But be warned: You may soon have to worry about park visitors legally packing loaded guns at the ready. Nearly half the U.S. Senate - eight Democrats and 39 Republicans, including GOP presidential nominee-in-waiting John McCain - signed on to a December letter urging Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne to eliminate the decades-old requirement that rifles, shotguns or other ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
The focus in recent months on the horse-race aspect of the presidential campaign is understandable enough. But now that one nominating race appears to be over and the other seems bound for a lengthy battle between two finalists, perhaps voters can find some time to actually think about the issues. Here's a big one: how much control the government should have over the economy. Few people know that two of the three remaining Americans with ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Suppose you're a big bank involved in a long-running lawsuit. A Texas company has accused you of violating its patents on a method for digitally scanning, sending and archiving checks. The outcome of the suit is uncertain, but just in case, you'd like to unload any liability onto the backs of American taxpayers. Fat chance, right? Not if you're Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Wachovia and Citigroup. With the help of Bryan Cave Strategies, the ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
The United States is fighting a war on two fronts. Terrorists threaten the nation's security. The economy may be headed into recession, if it's not there already. Health care and energy costs continue to surge. The list of issues that should command Americans' attention, from taxes to illegal immigration, goes on. But what has dominated news media coverage of the presidential race this week? The Clinton campaign's charge that Barack Obama plagiarized another politician's speech. ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
The scandal engulfing Republican presidential front-runner John McCain is seriously short on scandalous details. A story in Thursday's New York Times and a similar piece in the Washington Post raise alarms about the relationship between the Arizona senator and a much younger Washington lobbyist, Vicki Iseman. But the facts as presented in the story don't add up to much. The stories quote anonymous sources saying that during McCain's first run for the presidency in 2000, ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Critics of Barack Obama, in both parties, feel they have to attack him to halt his momentum toward the Democratic presidential nomination. But attacking hope and inspiration makes little sense. They should be talking about his policies and just how wrong Obama can be on some issues. On Iraq, he promises a quick retreat and won't acknowledge that, in the view of many experts, the surge is working to reduce the sectarian violence in Iraq. ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Cuba's Fidel Castro continued his slow fade into history Tuesday, giving up the nation's presidency because of failing health. That opens the door for diplomatic overtures that could pay big dividends for the United States. Castro's brother, Raul, essentially has been running the country for almost two years with Fidel's blessing as the old dictator's health declined. However, Fidel may remain the power behind the curtain until he dies or loses his intellect. "This is ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Hillary Clinton's campaign could point to many reasons the senator from New York got clobbered in the Wisconsin primary: She spent too little money. She spent too little time. She attacked Sen. Barack Obama on superficial issues (calling for a 19th debate while campaigning in the Lone Star State rang a bit hollow). She went negative for the first time in the campaign. Or the flip side of that: She didn't go negative early or ... [full story]
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Feb 22,2008
Suppose that their trial under military tribunals exceeds expectations for fairness and openness. Does anyone think that even U.S. friends in the world will believe that the six charged by the Pentagon last week with murder and war crimes for their alleged roles in the Sept. 11 attacks were justly tried? Consider: - The prosecution is seeking the death penalty, a punishment that most countries prohibit. Joining the United States in not doing so are ... [full story]
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