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  • Should presidents stop pardoning turkeys?

    Should presidents stop pardoning turkeys?
    A tradition -- the president pardoning turkeys from certain death just before Thanksgiving -- has come in for an unusual amount of criticism this year. A Slate.com writer suggests President Obama pardon real people instead of (or in addition to) turkeys....
  • Miami Gardens and the insanity of 'zero tolerance'

    Miami Gardens and the insanity of 'zero tolerance'
    In all the commotion about a Miami-area police force's allegedly mindless harassment of workers and patrons of a convenience store, one aspect that may have been overlooked is how the cops' behavior was fostered by a "zero tolerance" program.  You may...
  • No, Obamacare's problems aren't a threat to liberalism

    Matthew Yglesias this week has jumped on one of the more discreditable bandwagons of Obamacare revisionism: the notion that the failure of the enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, has done near permanent damage to progressive principles.  A lot of that...
  • Katie Couric backs off from her anti-vaccine show--but not enough

    Katie Couric backs off from her anti-vaccine show--but not enough
    Having taken a fair amount of heat from the science-based community for her recent show promoting scare stories about an important immunological vaccine, Katie Couric has backed off.  In a piece appearing Tuesday in the Huffington Post, the TV host...
  • 10 things you might not know about social media

    While some social media outlets are dealing with issues of privacy (is the government reading our timelines?), Twitter is going public (with plans for an initial public stock offering). And during the recent attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, both the...
  • Income inequality begins to hit business in the pocketbook

    Income inequality begins to hit business in the pocketbook
    There's a new element in the debate over U.S. income inequality, and it's one that may actually get our political leadership talking about ways to address the issue: businesses are beginning to notice that their middle-class customers have disappeared....
  • Downton Abbey

     
    My wife gives me control of the TV remote most of the time, which is why we watch so much sports, lowbrow reality shows and old movies. But occasionally, she'll request that we DVR something loftier. That's how we happened......
  • Land of Linkin'

     
    Surf's up! "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" by Princeton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, reportedly the best read story in the history of the Atlantic's website. She responds here to the controversy. The history of the remote control: Why are......
  • Plug-in Cars: Where Can You Buy Them?

     
    Thursday???s pricing announcement for the Chevrolet Spark EV likely piqued some interest on the West Coast, but chances are few others gave it much attention. GM will sell the all-electric hatchback only in California and Oregon; the automaker has...