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    Justice done in Boston’s civilian terrorism trial

    The conviction of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev quietly sealed a chapter in this, the opening stages of what may become our long battle against terrorism on U.S. soil. Tsarnaev heard his guilty verdicts – all 30 of them – including one for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass...

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    There is logic to sluggish business investment

    One of the great disappointments of the weak economic recovery has been the sluggish revival of business investment – spending on new buildings, factories, equipment and intellectual property (mainly research and development, and software). For the United States, this spending in 2014 was...

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    Misdemeanor becomes capital offense, again

    You thought, perhaps, that we were making this stuff up? That the whole “Black Lives Matter” thing was probably overblown? That the idea of African-American men having to fear routine encounters with the police was being exaggerated by self-serving activists? In North Charleston, South...

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    Iran deal finds ground gets shakier in Congress

    President Barack Obama faces two serious problems as he tries to protect his still-unfinished nuclear agreement with Iran from congressional tinkering – or destruction. One is the ferocious opposition of Republican hawks who view the deal as insufficiently tough on Tehran. The other is nervousness...

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    Gay marriage turn in Indiana is telling

    The argument is over and conservatives have lost. Some of them just don’t know it yet. That’s the takeaway from the remarkable events of last week wherein the states of Indiana and Arkansas executed high-speed U-turns – we’re talking skid marks on the tarmac – ...

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    McDonald’s wage hike is less than meets the eye

    Let’s not be too impressed by McDonald’s big announcement that it will soon boost pay for some employees by about a buck an hour. Here is why. The very business model that was birthed and nurtured by McDonald’s, franchising, will severely nip the impact of this decision.

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    State laws on data breaches need overhaul

    Chances are, in the last six months, your information has been stolen in at least one data breach. Last month, Premera Blue Cross announced that millions of its Washington customers were affected by a cyberattack. A string of such events leave our 10-year-old Washington state law on data breaches...

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    It is time for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez to resign

    Bob Menendez doesn’t belong in the U.S. Senate. It’s not just the New Jersey Democrat’s 14-count indictment Wednesday on corruption charges, though that’s plenty damning. As bad is the appalling way in which he responded: with a political rally to kick off a campaign ...

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    Some government interventions actually work

    Every so often, we ought to celebrate our victories. The auto bailout is a case in point. Six years ago, it was wildly controversial, with the fate of General Motors and Chrysler hanging in the balance. Now, it’s clear that the bailout was a solid success. The revitalized auto industry has...

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    Precarious: religious freedom vs. civil rights

    Over the past few decades the United States has engaged in a great struggle to balance civil rights and religious liberty. On the one hand, there is a growing consensus that straight, gay and lesbian people deserve full equality with each other. We are to be judged by how we love, not by whom we...

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