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To Share Is Not Always to Share Alike for 07/24/2014

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

July 24, 2014

The online rental booking service Airbnb is a fast-growing empire that pairs travelers with people wanting to profit off a room in their house — or the whole house. Like VRBO, HomeAway and similar platforms, Airbnb occupies the lodging sector of the "sharing economy." I come not to address the legal concerns such services raise. They do compete with motels and hotels, which are sub ... Updated: Thu Jul 24, 2014 … Read More

Miss Manners: No excuse is necessary for declining sales party invitation

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

July 23, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: It seems like every time I turn around I am getting an invite from a friend to attend an in-home sales party. I personally despise these parties. I think the merchandise is overpriced, the products are not that great, and I cringe when I get the invite from a friend because I feel obligated to attend and buy something. Read full article >> … Read More

Readers' Review: "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

July 23, 2014

Ifemelu and Obinze are young college students in love when they leave military-ruled Nigeria. She heads to America on a scholarship, while he plunges into an undocumented life in London. For the first time in their lives they grapple with what it means to be black. They are the lead characters in the award-winning novel “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The book is many things: a romance, a story about immigration and a series of observations about race and what it means to b … Read More

Conflicting Court Decisions On Federal Subsidies For Health Insurance

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

July 23, 2014

On July 22, two federal appeals courts issued conflicting opinions on Affordable Care Act subsidies for health insurance premiums. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that, per the law as written, only consumers living in states running their own exchanges could possibly qualify for subsidies. Two hours later, an appeals court in Richmond, Virginia ruled that a state’s decision not to run its own exchange did not preclude residents from qualifying for lower premiums. … Read More

The Future of Classical Music

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

July 22, 2014

Classical music has thrived for centuries. But many say it is now facing its biggest challenges of all time, and risks becoming obsolete. Orchestras across the country face financial trouble, and there’s worry that the younger generations are connecting less and less with Brahms and Debussy. In response, many organizations are venturing into new musical and technological territory to attract loyal audiences…everything from intimate “living room” concerts organized on soc … Read More

The Latest On The Crisis Between Israel And Hamas

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

July 22, 2014

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo yesterday in a bid to broker a cease-fire between Israel and the militant Palestinian group Hamas. Their visit follows some of the deadliest days of fighting between Israelis and Palestinians since the last ground war in 2009. More than 500 Palestinians and 27 Israelis have died since fighting began July 8. Israeli fighters say their mission is to destroy a network of cross-border tunnels that Hamas militan … Read More

Will the Blabbermouths Wake Democrats Up? for 07/22/2014

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

July 22, 2014

It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans’ ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is threatened by blabbermouths of the right’s seeking self-aggrandizement by hurling darts at the sleeping Democratic bear. It’s not that they don’t know better. It’s that their fame and fortune r ... Updated: Tue Jul 22, 2014 … Read More

Miss Manners: Online status update: Leave me alone!

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

July 21, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I enjoy the convenience of being able to access the Internet from my home. Lately, however, it seems that whenever I log on to look up a piece of information or dash off a quick note, friends or relatives who have placed me on their “buddy list” are alerted to my presence online and initiate instant-messaging conversations. Read full article >> … Read More

Did Dodd-Frank Work?

By Joe Nocera

New York Times

July 21, 2014

We really have no way of knowing whether “too big to fail” is still with us until we have another crisis. … Read More

U.S. Forests And Trees

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

July 21, 2014

The emerald ash borer is a small insect doing a massive amount of damage. Tree experts say it will eventually kill nearly all of this country’s ash trees, and there’s not much that can be done to stop it. The devastation spread by the emerald ash borer is just one of many threats to the health and future of the nation’s trees and forests. Other kinds of insects, diseases, climate change and mismanaged fire areas are chief among the challenges. We discuss how our forests are cha … Read More

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