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Germany is key to reining in Russia, as in the past

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Apr 18 2014 - 3:20pm

"To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war," said Winston Churchill in 1954, supporting the principle of nations negotiating. Those wise words from a great leader who understood war should be kept in mind regarding the Geneva accord on the crisis in Ukraine.Churchill made the comment during the early years of the Cold War, after effective cooperation...

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How not to talk about wealth inequality

Cagle Cartoons, Tina Dupuy
Apr 18 2014 - 11:58am

Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you've been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy?Circumlocution: a big word meaning using unnecessarily lofty words to express an idea.Welcome to the baffling world of liberal-speak.Oligarchy, plutocracy and demagogy: The holy trinity of sesquipedalian polysyllable...

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It’s not too soon to get excited about baseball

Bloomberg News, Stephen L. Carter
Apr 18 2014 - 11:57am

It's hard to believe that one-tenth of the Major League Baseball season has already slipped into the past. Fans pay almost no attention to the standings until around Memorial Day. Baseball plays the longest season of any major sport, and is, for that reason, an excellent counterpoint to the gotta-know-right-now bustle of our world. To take...

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The Big Bang, the multiverse and you

Cagle Cartoons, Danny Tyree
Apr 18 2014 - 11:55am

In 1979 Robin Williams declared, "Reality...what a concept!" Today his exclamation might be, "Infinite realities: way too much concept!"To be sure, science fiction and comic books have for decades exploited the idea of a multiverse (e.g. our universe -- with an estimated observable width of 92 billion light-years -- is just one of many universes...

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A mental health checkup

An Editorial, The Washington Post
Apr 18 2014 - 11:53am

The country's inadequate mental health system gets the most attention after instances of mass violence of the sort that the nation has seen repeatedly over the past few months. Not all who commit these sorts of atrocities are mentally ill, but many have been. After each, the national discussion quickly, but temporarily, turns toward the mental...

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Putin has no good reason to honor deal on eastern Ukraine

An Editorial, Bloomberg News
Apr 18 2014 - 10:38am

Talks in Geneva on the unrest in eastern Ukraine have concluded with an agreement by the foreign ministers of the European Union, Russia, Ukraine and the United States for all sides to "de-escalate tensions and restore security."Measured by the hour, the talks were a success: They went on much longer than expected. Measured by results? Not so good...

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The audacity of cynicism

John Dickerson, Slate
Apr 17 2014 - 12:35pm

WASHINGTON -- How do I get you to pay attention to this story? I could type out a balanced tale about an incremental change in White House spin and message control, relying on your discernment, patience and kindness toward all the creatures of the Earth. Or, I could say that Barack Obama is a cynical and manipulative liar. The first approach would...

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Fall of the House of Bush?

Cagle Cartoons, Joe Gandelman
Apr 16 2014 - 11:23am

Are hard-line Republican conservatives about to implement their own version of political entitlement reform? Are we now witnessing the beginning of the fall of the House of Bush?If Edgar Allen Poe were alive and writing political analysis, it might make a nice story. Only a few weeks ago reports said influential Republicans were trying to draft...

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Germany is key to reining in Russia, as in the past

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Apr 18 2014 - 3:20pm

"To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war," said Winston Churchill in 1954, supporting the principle of nations negotiating. Those wise words from a great leader who understood war should be kept in mind regarding the Geneva accord on the crisis in Ukraine.Churchill made the comment during the early years of the Cold War, after effective cooperation...

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How not to talk about wealth inequality

Cagle Cartoons, Tina Dupuy
Apr 18 2014 - 11:58am

Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you've been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy?Circumlocution: a big word meaning using unnecessarily lofty words to express an idea.Welcome to the baffling world of liberal-speak.Oligarchy, plutocracy and demagogy: The holy trinity of sesquipedalian polysyllable...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 18 2014 - 11:58am


It’s not too soon to get excited about baseball

Bloomberg News, Stephen L. Carter
Apr 18 2014 - 11:57am

It's hard to believe that one-tenth of the Major League Baseball season has already slipped into the past. Fans pay almost no attention to the standings until around Memorial Day. Baseball plays the longest season of any major sport, and is, for that reason, an excellent counterpoint to the gotta-know-right-now bustle of our world. To take...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 18 2014 - 11:57am


The Big Bang, the multiverse and you

Cagle Cartoons, Danny Tyree
Apr 18 2014 - 11:55am

In 1979 Robin Williams declared, "Reality...what a concept!" Today his exclamation might be, "Infinite realities: way too much concept!"To be sure, science fiction and comic books have for decades exploited the idea of a multiverse (e.g. our universe -- with an estimated observable width of 92 billion light-years -- is just one of many universes...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 18 2014 - 11:55am


A mental health checkup

An Editorial, The Washington Post
Apr 18 2014 - 11:53am

The country's inadequate mental health system gets the most attention after instances of mass violence of the sort that the nation has seen repeatedly over the past few months. Not all who commit these sorts of atrocities are mentally ill, but many have been. After each, the national discussion quickly, but temporarily, turns toward the mental...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 18 2014 - 11:53am


Putin has no good reason to honor deal on eastern Ukraine

An Editorial, Bloomberg News
Apr 18 2014 - 10:38am

Talks in Geneva on the unrest in eastern Ukraine have concluded with an agreement by the foreign ministers of the European Union, Russia, Ukraine and the United States for all sides to "de-escalate tensions and restore security."Measured by the hour, the talks were a success: They went on much longer than expected. Measured by results? Not so good...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 18 2014 - 10:38am


The audacity of cynicism

John Dickerson, Slate
Apr 17 2014 - 12:35pm

WASHINGTON -- How do I get you to pay attention to this story? I could type out a balanced tale about an incremental change in White House spin and message control, relying on your discernment, patience and kindness toward all the creatures of the Earth. Or, I could say that Barack Obama is a cynical and manipulative liar. The first approach would...

Comments   ·   Read more   ·   Updated: Apr 17 2014 - 12:35pm


Fall of the House of Bush?

Cagle Cartoons, Joe Gandelman
Apr 16 2014 - 11:23am

Are hard-line Republican conservatives about to implement their own version of political entitlement reform? Are we now witnessing the beginning of the fall of the House of Bush?If Edgar Allen Poe were alive and writing political analysis, it might make a nice story. Only a few weeks ago reports said influential Republicans were trying to draft...

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