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Keep health-care payment board alive

It’s a little awkward to defend something that doesn’t yet exist. But the Independent Payment Advisory Board is in danger of being killed before...


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The catch in the court's health-care ruling

Thursday’s Supreme Court decision to uphold a pivotal regulation under the Affordable Care Act is, of course, a tremendous victory for the Barack Obama...


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Gay marriage won't be controversial

Marriage equality is the law of the land. Perhaps the most amazing thing about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday in Obergefell, which recognizes...


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Roberts rightly looks to health-care law's intent

Chief Justice John Roberts just saved the Affordable Care Act — again. If you’re feeling déjà vu, you’re not alone. As he did...


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Half-measures against Putin

If you're out for a hike and find a deep, wide chasm in your path, you have a few options. You might give up and turn back. You might devise a way to get over it....




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Khamenei's nuclear threats

Both U.S. and Iranian officials are hinting that a final nuclear deal may not be reached by a Tuesday deadline. And no wonder, judging from the speech delivered by...


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Invest in America the beautiful

What’s the price point of purple mountain majesty? Thanks to increased entry fees at 130 national parks this summer, some double or even triple their former...


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Division over health-care act raises questions on legitimacy of

Yes, subsidies will remain available on federal health-care exchanges. So the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, in a 6-3 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts....


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Good news on the grapevine

On a typical day, business at the Supreme Court is solemn and sober, so who can blame the justices for having a little fun with a case about an unconstitutional...


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Let all candidates debate

In late 2011, during the planning for one of the debates of Republican presidential candidates, questions were raised about whether the eight-person field would be...


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