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For the past several years, Congress has hit the snooze button on U.S. Postal Service reforms. It can do so no longer: At the end of this month, the USPS will no longer be able to pay its bills. Three pieces of legislation are pending, each offering measures to stem the Postal Service crisis, and th...

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 7:20pm

About the only thing that Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., gets right when she talks about the HPV vaccine is that she’s not a scientist or a doctor. That lack of credentials, though, can’t excuse the breathtaking ignorance that suffuses her comments about this critical health issue. Nor can it j...

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 6:53pm

It’s a truism that the U.S. economy cannot fully recover as long as millions of homeowners continue to owe more money on their houses than the property is worth. But if the past three years have proven anything, it is the difficulty of designing a housing rescue with benefits that outweigh the cos...

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 6:55pm

When quizzed on the problem of illegal immigration at their previous debate, the Republican presidential hopefuls were by turns vague, evasive, confused, contradictory and — in the notable case of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who opposes a border fence because it might prevent law-abiding Americans fro...

Mon, 09/12/2011 - 8:24pm

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Sun, 09/11/2011 - 8:34pm

When U.S. troops marched into Iraq in 2003, I, like many Americans, was outraged at what I considered a senseless and unjustified military action. As I spoke to my mother about it on the phone, I noticed that the angrier I got, the more uncomfortable she became. At first I thought perhaps she disagr...

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 8:37pm

Though it may not have been the sort of ending to a story that one local family might have hoped for, it is a happy ending that will benefit more kids than simply those in that family....

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 6:58pm

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Thu, 09/08/2011 - 6:54pm

NEW YORK — No doubt, President Barack Obama will call for stimulus when he talks about job creation in his speech Thursday. Since many of us by now recoil at the word, perhaps it helps to ask, once again: Which Obama stimulus would be the least bad?...

Wed, 09/07/2011 - 6:06pm

Back-to-school season arrives with the hope and possibilities of a new academic year, but it can also bring feelings of dread as communities brace for test results measuring adequate yearly progress, or AYP. The MCA statewide exams that determine the federally required AYP are expected to be release...

Wed, 09/07/2011 - 6:05pm