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    Why not have Joe Biden as Clinton running mate?

    Joe Biden says he’s still making up his mind about whether to run for president. As someone who urged him to pretend to run, I'll say it: Well done, Joe, but it’s time to let it go now.

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    150 years after Civil War lessons are being learned

    At least 620,000 American soldiers died during the four years of the Civil War, succumbing to bullets, illness and the elements in a fight not against an external threat but over the nation’s soul. By far the deadliest conflict fought on U.S. soil, the war came to a symbolic end 150 years...

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    On this move, Fair Isaac deserving of a top score

    Credit is a wonderful thing. Without it, most of us would never own a house or a car. We would never shop online. We wouldn’t be able to handle any number of emergencies that life throws at us from medical care to home repair. Or the absolute psychological necessity to take that Hawaiian ...

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    Insurers introduce ‘run for your life’ discount

    Someday soon, Big Brother may be watching you. Only his name will be “John Hancock.” The insurer is rolling out a program in the U.S. similar to ones already deployed in other parts of the world, where your life insurer tracks your fitness levels, then gives you rebates depending on...

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    After two years, America and Boston stand strong

    The terrorism trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev opened with the prosecutor describing how the defendant and his brother, Tamerlan, placed homemade bombs in their backpacks on an ideal day in 2013. They then calmly strolled to the finish line of the Boston Marathon to “punish America for wars in ...

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    How to even educationalplaying field for Latinos

    On the day they start kindergarten, Latino children are often already at a disadvantage. Their social skills and readiness to listen and learn are top-notch, but their cognitive and verbal skills, abilities that strongly predict future academic success, tend to be significantly less developed than...

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    Obama and Congress must reform drug sentencing

    Prior to last week, President Barack Obama had granted only 21 commutations and 64 pardons for federal crimes, making him the “least merciful” of modern presidents when it comes to such petitions. He has considered and denied 782 clemency petitions to date. But last week, Obama doubled...

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    There is no humane wayto execute our criminals

    The state of Oklahoma, which developed the nation’s first lethal injection protocol for executions, may soon approve what lawmakers say is a new, even more humane way of killing people. Following the advice of a criminal justice professor who is also a former assistant attorney general of...

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    Medicaid fraud law needsrenewal to recoup losses

    Medicaid fraud hurts all of us by driving up costs and skimming money to cheaters from legitimate safety net services. An estimated 3 to 10 percent of Medicaid outlays goes to fraudulent claims. But a state law aimed at ferreting out and punishing those who make fraudulent Medicaid claims will ...

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    So is Obamacare’s problem that it wasn’t GOP’s idea?

    The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent has figured out what some Republicans are really saying: that popular provisions of Obamacare “don’t really count as Obamacare!” He was analyzing the Facebook fiasco suffered by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, who asked her...

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