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Americans Unchained: Guns, Government and Justice

(86) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 12:52 AM

I'm starting to understand why there are 311 million Americans and 310 million guns in America. It's not just about hunting or collecting.

It's about self-defense -- not against street crime, which has dropped like a rock over the last two decades, but against a world that...

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Did the Mayans Predict the Fiscal Cliff?

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 10:26 AM

We're so worried about the fiscal cliff that we've all but forgotten the end of the 25,000 year Mayan calendar, supposedly on December 21, at which time - depending on who you talk to - the Earth's poles will reverse, the Sun will disappear for awhile, and a select...

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Five Things Senator Elizabeth Warren Should Do Right Away

(13) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 3:17 PM

Beating the $5.5 million that the money industry spent against Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren was the easy part.

Now Warren has to decide what she's going to do in the U.S. Senate, where just a couple of years ago, powerful pro-Wall Street Democrats like Christopher Dodd and...

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And the Loser Is... We, the People

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 4:38 PM

No matter which way it goes on Tuesday, this election -- the first presidential contest since the U.S. Supreme Court let the dogs out in Citizens United -- has to be recognized as a disaster for democracy. In thousands of races, from the presidential down to statehouse races, an...

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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 5:46 PM

Loss. That's what I felt when I watched the space shuttle land at LAX, carried to our City of Angels on the back of a close relative, the mighty Boeing 747 -- 12 years older than the shuttle and, though aging, nearly as inspiring when you happen to see one....

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How Retired Justice David Souter Can Save the U.S. Supreme Court

(15) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 7:17 PM

The reputation of the United States Supreme Court is in trouble. Americans' approval of the Court dropped 15 points from 2009 to 2011, according to a Gallup poll. Faith in the Supreme Court is dropping right along with confidence in government as a whole. Less than 2/3 of Americans...

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The Super Heroes vs the Super PACs

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 3:10 PM

The Men in Black kicked the Avengers' butts last weekend at the box office. The Avengers and the MIBsters both kicked the aliens' butts (or their biological equivalent). Gigantic movie battles between innocent, minding-their-own-business Americans and evil-doing invaders intent on destroying our cities have become a Memorial Day tradition. And...

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Identity Theft in the Matrix

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 6:51 PM

Something weird occurred on my TV when I happened to catch a few minutes of the Madrid Tennis Open on Sunday. Whatever technology these stadiums use to provide constantly changing television advertisements along the sides of the court wasn't working too well. Some of the furniture on the clay itself...

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Will the Supreme Court Split the Difference on Health Care and Immigration?

(7) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 5:56 PM

Last November, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear one of many lawsuits by conservative officials challenging the new federal health care reform law championed by President Obama. At the time, you will recall, very few observers thought there was a serious chance that the high court would invalidate...

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Obama to Wall Street: This Is How You Thank Me?

(31) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 4:22 PM

Poor President Obama. Confronted with an economic catastrophe when he took office, he made a decision -- well documented here and here, for example -- to save the financial industry from its own misdeeds, foregoing the opportunity to obtain from the Wall Street CEOs any kind...

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Corporations Gone Wild

(9) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 12:12 PM

It's a magnificent time to be alive -- if you're a giant corporation, that is.

Spring is here, and after a deep chill, the mighty mega-businesses are not merely reborn, but blossoming. "Big U.S. companies have emerged from the recession more productive, more profitable, flush with cash and less burdened...

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Why the Supreme Court Wants to Kill Universal Health Care

(39) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 2:11 PM

Name the most popular federal program of all time, and you'll understand why the Republican Supreme Court wants to kill health care reform before it gets going in 2014.

It's Social Security, of course. Part of FDR's New Deal, Congress enacted it in 1935 to provide insurance against the vicissitudes...

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Grandma Millie, Widows and Orphans

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 5:53 PM

"They're fucking taking all the money back from you guys? All the money you guys stole from those poor grandmothers in California?"

"Yeah, Grandma Millie man. But she's the one who couldn't figure out how to fucking vote on the butterfly ballot."[Laughing from both sides]

"Yeah, now she...

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Funny Money

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 10:20 AM

I had to laugh when I saw Treasury Secretary Geithner and Fed Chair Bernanke announce, with great fanfare, a new high-tech $100 bill. It's supposed to ward off counterfeiters.

How big is the currency fraud the two G-men are after? Of the roughly $625 billion in "Franklins"...

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Barack Obama, Meet Gray Davis

(102) Comments | Posted January 25, 2010 | 3:13 AM

The Massachusetts Massacre rocked the D.C. establishment. But when it comes to political earthquakes, there's no place like California. A look back at the Golden State's electricity crisis, when a cautious governor let the state's taxpayers bear the financial brunt of deregulation and was later ousted, suggests that last Tuesday's...

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