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    Congress should pass online sales tax bill

    It’s been nine years since Congress first took up online shopping’s unfair sales tax advantage over brick-and-mortar retailers. But Virginia’s Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chair of the House Judiciary Committee, says more debate is needed before Congress can set rules for states...

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    Moon landing 45 years ago brought us together

    Like many readers, I was sitting in a room with my family July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong hopped off that ladder onto the moon. I nearly missed it, plumb forgot, but then I happened into the living room, where my parents and huge assortment of sibs were sitting in a half-circle, watching.

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    Dodd-Frank’s four years of doing nada on risky banking

    Four years after President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law, polling suggests that most Americans think it hasn’t done enough to protect them from a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis, a disaster from which the global economy has ...

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    Florida is nation’s best state for its roads and bridges

    The nation’s roads and bridges aren’t in good shape. Twenty-five percent of bridges are rated deficient or obsolete. Fourteen percent of roads are in poor condition. But amid the potholes and crumbling pylons, one state stands out: Florida ranks near the top in nearly every measure...

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    Take the cool out of Kools

    To buy cigarettes in Australia, you have to pick up a dull green package plastered with photos of a shriveled infant, a blackened lung or an old man with a tracheotomy hole in his throat. You also need to look closely because the only difference among brands is the name in a small, prescribed font...

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    Republicans gut D.C. gun laws to curry favor back at home

    House Republicans who profess an allegiance to local democracy outdid themselves in the hypocrisy department last week as they trampled on the District of Columbia’s right to home rule. Not content with measures that restrict the District from using its locally raised tax dollars for abortions...

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    Flight MH17 and the role of Ukraine’s rebels

    There is one important reason Ukrainian authorities are so sure that pro-Russian rebels shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet: An account on the Russian social network Vkontakte, in which insurgent military leader Igor Girkin, aka Strelkov, boasted about the rebels shooting down a plane at about the...

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    The grammar of police shootings is revealing

    How police departments and the media report shootings differs depending on who is doing the shooting. This wouldn’t be troubling if it weren’t for the fact that (a) we’re talking about people getting shot and killed, and (b) in most cases, the police agencies engaging in linguistic...

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    Buffett, Gates, Adelson don’t get immigration opponents

    A trio of billionaires – Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates – say they want to “End the Immigration Impasse,” to quote the headline of their recent New York Times op-ed article. The article will do nothing to end that impasse, however, because the authors ...

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    'Dental therapists’ could give more Americans the care they need

    In 2009, 830,000 visits to emergency rooms around the country could have been prevented if the patients had seen a dentist earlier. In 2011, more than half of children on Medicaid went without dental care. One potential solution is to license less-qualified “dental therapists” to carry...

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