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  • Earmark Evolution
  • Earmark Evolution

    Committee tenure and pet projects kept Congress in line for years; it's time to bring them back
  • The Lost Generation
  • The Lost Generation

    Round three in the war against the liberal arts
      Then came Reagan. He reintroduced the notion that âeuro;œthe business of America is business.âeuro;� Almost overnight, business education enrollments spiked (adding again to our science and math problem). The MBA, a once-benign professional degree, took off.
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  • Replaying Prohibition
  • Replaying Prohibition

    Republicans' moves on abortion seem awfully familar
      Ken Burns’ documentary about Prohibition couldn’t have been more timely. A few days after it aired, our Republican-led House of Representatives polished up its theocratic credentials by deciding to ignore the president’s economic development and jobs bill — wouldn’t even consider it — and instead devoting their time to yet another anti-abortion bill.
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  • Class Warfare
  • Class Warfare

    If Congress doesn't act, you can say hello to a new lost generation.
      It all brings to mind the exchange Senator Pat Moynihan had with the senator who rose to call America’s tax code a “disgrace to mankind.” Never at a loss for the perfect rejoinder, Moynihan answered: “The Ethiopian famine is a disgrace to mankind; our tax code is about average for mankind.
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  • New Year, New Hope
  • New Year, New Hope

    My resolutions for the 2011 political season.
      This January there’s a sense of urgency for our nation to strive for public policy improvement. After all, with a new Congress now sworn-in, citizens have every reason for hope as one-party government in the nation’s capital has been replaced by a determined, Republican-led House of Representatives and a slimmer Democratic majority in the U.
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  • Surprise!
  • Surprise!

    Rossi’s in, Ward’s out — so what just happened?
      “Patty Murray is proud to deliver dollars to Spokane community so they can create jobs,” Murray campaign manager Jeff Bjornstadt says, citing the cash Murray has raked in for Fairchild Air Force Base, the downtown Riverpoint Campus and research for Eastern Washington.
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  • Ms. No
  • Ms. No

    Eastern Washington’s congresswoman talks oil exploration, government takeovers and why Republicans oppose everything Obama does
      But she doesn’t seem to mind. It’s become the Republican way of life to contrast sharply with — and oppose — anything the president or Democrats have to offer, whether it’s closing Guantanamo or creating a bipartisan panel to study cutting budget deficits.
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