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Tue, 07/12/2011 - 6:43pm

If senators had to endure the kind of vetting that executive branch appointees are subjected to, we might have many fewer than 100 senators. The process of filling spots in the government has become so arduous that talented people have plenty of reasons not to apply: massive, redundant questionnaire...

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 8:14pm

  Apparently the jury in the Casey Anthony trial was made up of the only 12 people in the United States who didn’t feel they already had enough evidence to pass judgment on Casey Anthony. “I don’t understand juries these days!” the Internet screams. “Don’t they watch Nancy Grace?”...

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 5:09pm

Last month, the Senate voted 73 to 27 for an amendment that would have immediately cut two indefensible federal ethanol subsidies. But the bill lawmakers attached it to failed. Now supporters of the policy are trying to pass it some other way, affixed to another bill or as part of the deal the White...

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 5:03pm

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Tue, 07/05/2011 - 9:37pm

It’s a question of picking the right battles. And while the sentiment behind a campaign to boycott the July 8-9 Basilica Block Party fundraiser is understandable, it’s not the right target for gay rights supporters. The “Say NO to the Basilica Block Party” Facebook campaign had more than 15,...

Mon, 07/04/2011 - 7:49pm

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Wed, 06/29/2011 - 7:02pm

Federal lawmakers never do things easily or simply, something proven true again with recent proposals to eliminate, redirect or in some way reduce about $6 billion in federal ethanol subsidies. While the House and Senate remain far from implementing definitive change, there is merit in the core mess...

Wed, 06/29/2011 - 6:45pm

Two decades ago, if Americans thought about human trafficking at all, it was usually in the context of Russian or Ukrainian girls and young women enslaved and transported for forced prostitution. Thanks to a dedicated band of human rights advocates who have spread the gut-wrenching stories of victim...

Tue, 06/28/2011 - 6:19pm