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Feb 01,2008
There was once a crowded field of presidential candidates from both parties. Well, don't look now but the crowd is thinning - and fast. It's a safe bet that when Democrat John Edwards and Republican Rudy Giuliani launched their campaigns for president, they were filled with confidence and never imagined that they would come to an end on the same day. But that's what happened Wednesday, when both men withdrew from the race after suffering ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
In his State of the Union speech Monday, President George W. Bush urged Congress to "fund new technologies that can generate coal power while capturing carbon emissions." It's a familiar theme for Bush. He's been touting so-called "FutureGen" clean coal technology since 2003. Last month, an industry group announced it would build a $1.75 billion plant to demonstrate that technology in Mattoon, Ill., hard by the southern Illinois coal fields. Apparently, Samuel W. Bodman, Bush's ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
John Edwards' departure from the Democratic presidential field will undoubtedly cause the two remaining candidates to focus even more fiercely on one another as the Wisconsin primary approaches. If Bill Clinton, unleashed and unfiltered, remains a substantive part of that equation, this is bad news for the quality of the discourse. There are those who invest in the Clintons far too much connivance, cleverness, calculation and conspiracy. But the former president's comparison recently of Sen. ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
So, whom have you endorsed for president? No one yet? You're kidding. You had better get on that. Everyone else is doing it. It's the battle of the endorsements. Newspapers typically endorse one candidate over another, but that practice is usually reserved for the general election. This year, perhaps the presidential races are so contested because there is no incumbent running or even a vice president considered to be the heir apparent to the sitting ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
Predictably, President George W. Bush's last State of the Union address Monday night did not contain grand initiatives, though he urged Congress to pass a much-needed economic stimulus package already negotiated with the House. Given that his other grand initiatives included remaking Social Security and invading a country without weapons of mass destruction and no involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks, the case could be made that the nation should be thankful. But this absence ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
In one way, President George W. Bush's final State of the Union speech had no modern analog. Other recent two-term presidents (Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower) gave their swan songs knowing their vice presidents were seeking to succeed them and thus would presumably defend their legacies over their final 12 months in office. But Vice President Dick Cheney long ago declared he would never seek the White House. And so the president took the ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
There is nothing wrong with running a good but tough presidential campaign. But there is something wrong with running an unfair and unseemly campaign. As they say, politics ain't beanbag. But it doesn't have to turn into a food fight. Americans have the right to expect that those who run for president will abide by certain standards. The office carries enormous dignity, and so the pursuit of it should also be dignified. Those who forget ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
Investors still reeling from a series of corporate implosions got more bad news from the U.S. Supreme Court this month. The court granted what amounts to amnesty to companies that help corporate insiders defraud investors. The court's ruling should prompt Congress to close a loophole that's been exploited in some of the largest recent business failures, including Enron Corp. and HealthSouth. At issue in this case were questionable transactions involving St. Louis-based Charter Communications and ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
Glory is not a conceit. It is not a prize for being the most clever, the strongest or the boldest. Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on whom you rely and who rely on you in return. No misfortune, no injury, no humiliation can destroy it. So wrote John Sidney McCain III in "Faith of My Fathers," his autobiography, ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
In the back and forth between Clinton and Gingrich and in the elections of 2000 and 2004, I sometimes felt as if I were watching the psychodrama of the baby boom generation - a tale rooted in old grudges and revenge plots hatched on a handful of college campuses long ago - played out on the national stage. Thus did Barack Obama, in his campaign book "The Audacity of Hope," touch on a fundamental problem ... [full story]
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Jan 25,2008
No military contractor in America delivers more bang for less buck than the Boeing Co. weapons plant in St. Charles, Mo. For a mere $20,000, Boeing's thrifty workers will provide you with an easy-to-assemble tail fin kit and a global positioning system guidance system that will turn your 2,000-pound dumb bomb into a "Joint Direct Attack Munition" that can land within 4 feet of where you aim it. No more messy carpet-bombing. Assuming you've picked ... [full story]
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Jan 25,2008
The stimulus plan announced by President George W. Bush and congressional leaders Thursday is much more about politics than economics. The plan includes targeted tax rebates to individuals and tax write-offs for businesses. Individual taxpayers with incomes up to $76,000 would get rebate checks of $600; families with incomes of $150,000 or less would get $1,200, or more if they have children. Partial rebates would go to individuals earning $87,000 and couples with a joint ... [full story]
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Jan 25,2008
In the third quarter of 2007, the nation's gross domestic product - the market value of the nation's output of goods and services - reached $13.97 trillion. How much of that should be spent on national defense? In response to a call in early December from Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., have introduced a bill that would set a "floor" ... [full story]
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