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December 27, 2014
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Despite a host of financial fears, the dollar is doing pretty well — relative to the rest of the global economy, at least.
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December 27, 2014
Annual bird count aids conservation efforts
Here’s a holiday tradition you probably don’t know about. For decades, American men celebrated this season by teaming up to shoot birds, competing with other local hunters. Pictures from that era show thousands of pheasants, songbirds and wild turkeys strung up on lines hung across horse-drawn wagons.
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December 27, 2014
Two-track path tofill America’s talent gap
When the topic is immigration, Democrats and Republicans alike continue to focus almost entirely on a single question: what to do about the millions of low-skill immigrants — mostly from Latin America — who are in the U.S. illegally.
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December 26, 2014
The best stats of 2014
WASHINGTON — This is the time when we make lists. The best movies of 2014. The best books. The funniest cartoons. The greatest photos. The most amazing sports performances. The 10 best botched athlete celebrations. (No kidding, The Washington Post ran that. You can see the videos at http://wapo.st/16KovZS.) Not to be outdone, here’s my contribution: The year’s best statistics.
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December 26, 2014
Thank-you rituals matter; write that note
If we were better at saying thank you, there wouldn’t be 16 aisles in every stationery store displaying cards in multiple typefaces geared toward a wide range of age groups and socioeconomic demographics inscribed with those two words.
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December 26, 2014
Some blunt words from Pope Francis
In holiday messages at this time of year, the boss usually musters the energy to say nice things to the people who work for him. Even if he’s exasperated by the performance of his employees or beset by arrogant bullies on the corporate rungs above him.
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December 24, 2014
Dems best at tapping rich for political cash
WASHINGTON — For as often as Democrats attack the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch for their heavy spending on politics, it’s actually the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash on the just completed midterm elections.
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December 24, 2014
WWII memory: Christmas at Bastogne
“What’s merry about all this, you ask?”
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December 24, 2014
Not your grandmother’s Christmas
“It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas... everywhere you go.” Remember when this familiar melody signaled the beginning of the Christmas season? Many years have come and gone since then. The house is a mess and if you haven’t guessed, once again its time to Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly, Fa la la la ...
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December 24, 2014
Ageless reply: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
Some stories are timeless ... like the letter an 8-year-old girl wrote 116 years ago to the editor of the New York Sun.
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December 23, 2014
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The Supreme Court made the right call two years ago when it found unconstitutional state laws mandating a life sentence without parole for minors convicted of grievous crimes. But in that decision, Miller vs.
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December 22, 2014
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Just a year ago, at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, President Barack Obama set tongues wagging by greeting Cuba’s President Raul Castro with a handshake. That small gesture caused some to wonder if a little thaw might be possible in the ice-cold war that has defined U.S. relations with its island neighbor for more than a half century.
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December 22, 2014
Barack Obama’s Cuban olive branch
Candidate Barack Obama said that, as president, he would talk to anti-American dictators without precondition. He didn’t mention that he would also give them historic policy concessions without precondition.
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December 22, 2014
Sony caves to hackers: North Korea has won
NEW YORK — Now that U.S. intelligence officials believe North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the discussion has moved away finally from emails about Angelina Jolie to the real story, which is far more troubling.
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