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December 19, 2014
Will policies, falling prices derail fracking?
Two recent events have cast some doubt about the seemingly bright future of fracking in various parts of the country. The first has to do with a few voter-driven efforts to eliminate fracking. The second is related to the recent plunge in energy prices.
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December 19, 2014
School attack: Another Malala moment for Pakistan
Two years ago, a Taliban gunman boarded a school bus in Pakistan and fired a shot that outraged the world. He seriously wounded 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai. She recovered, became a powerful voice in the fight against Taliban extremism, and won the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
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December 19, 2014
Congressional stalemate continues
WASHINGTON — The Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee issued a fascinating and largely overlooked report the other day highlighting how little Congress and the White House have done to deal with the nation’s budget problems.
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December 18, 2014
Transparency key to health care cost control
U.S. health care spending has never grown as slowly as it did last year.
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December 17, 2014
Fight for equal justice goes on and on
I have told friends that my mistrust of the police comes legitimately. I grew up in Birmingham, Ala., during the 1960s, when the city became infamous for the brutal way that civil rights demonstrators were treated by policemen who used snarling dogs and pummeling blasts of water from fire hoses to disperse protesters. A 9-year-old classmate was one of the youngest demonstrators arrested.
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December 17, 2014
Life isn’t perfect. Deal with it
Life is full of unpleasant events and lousy surprises, and many of them are beyond remedy. Most people learn that, often, you just have to suck it up and move on. You can waste a lot of time and energy trying to undo unfair setbacks, and you may not undo them anyway.
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December 17, 2014
Wolf’s Harrisburg shake-upshould include per diems
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is setting the groundwork for an administration he vows will be financially transparent.
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December 16, 2014
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When gas prices soar, Americans wail. Inevitably Congress launches an “investigation” and discovers-over and over again that by and large prices are the result of market conditions and taxes.
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December 16, 2014
The ugly spending bill? That’s compromise
The trillion-dollar spending bill that the House of Representatives passed last week had something for everyone to hate. But it was still a step, however awkward, toward making the United States governable again.
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December 15, 2014
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As Republicans in Congress gear up in January for their most aggressive attack yet on President Barack Obama’s health-care reforms, here’s something they probably won’t mention: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced last week that U.S. health-care spending grew just 3.6 percent in 2013.
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December 15, 2014
Health spending — is it under control?
WASHINGTON — Has the monster of exploding health costs finally been slain? After five years of slow spending growth, it’s tempting to think so. This would be fabulous news, because rising health spending has had damaging side effects. It’s reduced workers’ take-home pay, as employers devoted more compensation dollars to insurance and fewer to wages and salaries.
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December 15, 2014
Old games: Congress adds favors to big, must-pass spending bill
Watching Congress at work last week, it might seem as though things were better with a do-nothing Congress.
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