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Limited room for debate in the Republican field

By Kathleen Parker

Washington Post

May 22, 2015

Because so many Republicans want to be president — or at least pretend they do — debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.Read full article >> … Read More

Rex Smith: Retirement's not a choice for everyone

By Rex Smith

Albany Times Union

May 22, 2015

[...] in 17th-century America, the good people of Plymouth colony decided that men wounded defending the community should be granted pensions to support themselves and their families.Germans eventually settled on 65 as a fair qualifying age, and since few people lived that long, the treasury was protected as Marxism was held at bay.Workforce participation beyond age 65 was already dropping when Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed through the Social Security System in 1935, but those federal checks mad … Read More

Bagley Cartoon: Republican Science Committee

By Pat Bagley

Salt Lake Tribune

May 22, 2015

This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday, May 24, 2015.Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby.You can also check out the past 10 Bagley cartoons below.Boy Scouts Aren’t PreparedMoochers Scamming the SystemFaulty Iraq War Intelligence The Future Dystopia Is NowTrains, Planes and Military-industrial CongressesChristian AmericaYou’re Drunk With Power, DABC!The Endless SummerSexy Science EducationLone Star Lun … Read More

Why Waco? Biker brawl another blow to central Texas city with colorful history

Houston Chronicle

May 22, 2015

If there’s one man who embodies the bubbling cauldron of violence, moral rectitude and religious fervor that was early Waco, it’s Big Sandy, whose outsized exploits were matched only by his reputation for honesty and rectitude.The bodies and the weapons and the bikes had been cleared away by the time I got to town on Wednesday, but the vexing question remained: "Why Waco?" I thought it might be useful to approach the lingering mystery in a round-about way, with Gerald.When a streetcar conduct … Read More

What They Don’t Tell You about Aging

By Bonnie McFarland

Savoring Your Sixties

May 22, 2015

Poor health. Sickness Dementia. That’s about all the media has to say about aging. Except for the occasional feel-good story about someone skydiving at 90 or running a marathon at 86. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the inspiring stories and they nudge me about any fixed ideas I have about aging. But I don’t […] … Read More

Honk If You Like Bumper-Sticker Politics

By Stephen L. Carter

May 22, 2015

There’s no debate, just slogans and shouting. … Read More

Gender Shouldn’t Stop Republicans from Criticizing Hillary

By Mona Charen

National Review

May 21, 2015

Carly Fiorina is articulate, thoughtful, and accomplished. For those who keep track of such things, she was the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business, and she ran a credible if unsuccessful campaign for a U.S. senate seat from California. In the early going, she is receiving enthusiastic responses from Republican audiences. Though I’ve long been skeptical of non-politicians running for president of the United States, I’m open to the possibility that she has what it takes -- but o … Read More

Bagley Cartoon: Boys Scouts Aren't Prepared

By Pat Bagley

Salt Lake Tribune

May 21, 2015

This Pat Bagley editorial cartoon appears in The Salt Lake Tribune on Friday, May 22, 2015.Want more? Become a fan of Bagley on Facebook at www.facebook.com/notrobertkirby.You can also check out the past 10 Bagley cartoons below.Moochers Scamming the SystemFaulty Iraq War Intelligence The Future Dystopia Is NowTrains, Planes and Military-industrial CongressesChristian AmericaYou’re Drunk With Power, DABC!The Endless SummerSexy Science EducationLone Star LunaticsAmerican Jesus … Read More

CEO salaries defy gravity and any sense of shame

By David Horsey

Los Angeles Times

May 21, 2015

How much money would it take to make you feel properly compensated for your work? I enjoy my job so much that, often, I feel like I’m getting away with something by getting paid for it. Still, I like being valued for what I do and I can imagine I would feel especially appreciated if someone wanted... … Read More

Who Are These Outlaw Bikers? for 05/21/2015

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

May 21, 2015

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas — a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up violence over the seemingly adolescent concern of who belongs to their group and who doesn’t? Who are they? For answers, I consulted James F. Quinn, a University of North Texas sociologist who has studied the Bandidos and other outlaw bike ... Updated: Thu May 21, 2015 … Read More

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