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    Carlos Slim says read this, take the rest of the day off

    Carlos Slim is a pretty successful guy: either the world’s richest or second-richest, depending on which measure you use and how much he spent on lunch that day. So it’s worth taking note when he has something to say about work and productivity.

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    Central America’s citizens need leaders willing to lead

    Coming amid a fight in Congress over money to deal with a surge in illegal immigration, President Barack Obama’s meeting with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador smacks of political theater. And like many a player on stage, Obama’s visitors expect to be paid for their...

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    The courts’ contradictions on the Affordable Care Act

    First blame Congress. Generally a useful rule these days, it certainly holds when considering Tuesday’s worrying, though possibly temporary, setback for the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Blame Democrats who pressed through a bill containing...

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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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