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Thatcher Insisted on Facing Hard, Uncomfortable Truths

April 10, 2013 - 6:00pm

"Divisive." That's a word that appeared, often prominently, in many news stories reporting the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Mexico Becomes a Stable, Politically Diverse Neighbor

April 7, 2013 - 6:00pm

We Americans are lucky, though we seldom reflect on it, that we have good neighbors.

Why Freight Rail Pays and Passenger Trains Flunk

March 31, 2013 - 6:00pm

Forty years ago, American railroads were in trouble. The Penn Central, the largest railroad, had recently gone bankrupt.

Republicans Grow Less Hawkish in Wake of Iraq War

March 27, 2013 - 7:00pm

Are Republicans no longer the party more inclined to military interventions and an assertive foreign policy?

It's a question raised by the enthusiastic response to Sen. Rand Paul's 13-hour filibuster and to his not-very-interventionist foreign policy.

It's raised also by House Republicans' willingness to accept the budget sequester, which includes defense cuts that former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called "devastating."

New Census Data Show People Go Where the Money Is

March 24, 2013 - 7:00pm

What parts of America have been growing during these years of sluggish economic growth?

Answers come from comparing the Census Bureau's just-released estimates of metropolitan area populations in July 2012 with the results of the Census conducted in 2010.

The focus here is on the 51 metro areas with populations of more than 1 million where 55 percent of Americans live, most of them of course not in central cities but in suburbs and exurbs.

Two growth champs stick out -- Austin and Raleigh. A half-century ago, neither of them amounted to much.

Republicans Must Show Support for Hispanic Dreams

March 20, 2013 - 7:00pm

Rarely does a political party issue a document so scathingly critical of itself and its most recent presidential nominee as the report of the five-member Growth and Opportunity Project of the Republican National Committee.

Support for Same-sex Marriage Crosses Party Lines

March 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

In an opinion article in the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced that he has changed his mind and now supports same-sex marriage.

Cardinals Wise to Ignore Journalists' Advice

March 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

The College of Cardinals met in conclave on Tuesday to begin the process of electing a new pope.

Obama Flails as Republicans Stand Firm on Sequester

March 10, 2013 - 7:00pm

They're flailing. That's the impression I get from watching Barack Obama and his White House over the past week.

Spending Cuts May Be the Answer to Slow Economic Growth

March 6, 2013 - 6:00pm

The Dow set a new high on Tuesday, but the larger economy is a different story. What if today's sluggish economic growth turns out to be the new normal? That's the unsettling question asked by some of our most creative economic thinkers.





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