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GOP race coming into focus

Jeb Bush's plunge into presidential waters -- few politicians "actively explore" a White House run without knowing where those explorations will lead -- ends some uncertainties about the 2016 campaign and creates others.

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Cuba decision a good start

Last Wednesday, President Obama announced his decision to improve relations with Cuba.

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Business Pulse: 12-21-14

Business Pulse: 12-21-14

Just a few days remain before the biggest gift-giving occasion of the year. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

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Column ends, questions remain

Dear Readers,

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Jeb, Hillary need each other

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton badly need each other. They cancel out each others' greatest weaknesses and deprive their foes of some of their strongest arguments.

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We're obsessed with royalty

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited America recently. Maybe you heard about it. If you didn't, I'm sorry to hear about your coma and hope they can wake you up soon.

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Primed for more fraud

President Obama's unilateral executive action on immigration will make hundreds of thousands, perhaps more than 1 million, illegal immigrants eligible for federal transfer payments. That will be done primarily through two widely used programs -- the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and the Additional Child Tax Credit, or ACTC.

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Experience the joy of giving

 Christmas is just around the corner, and the sights and sounds of the season are all around us. From Christmas parades and pageants to shopping sprees and songs of “Sweet Decembers,” folks are getting into the yuletide spirit.

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Help for pregnant students

"How can a scared, pregnant student, one probably racked with anxiety and facing a totally unplanned situation, find the resources and support she needs to parent her child and continue her education?"

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Business Pulse: 12-14-14

Business Pulse: 12-14-14

Folks who have noticed all the vehicles parked outside the old Ryan’s building have been asking me about the status of that renovation project. They are curious when Shoe Dept Encore will open its doors in McMinnville.

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No defense for Rolling Stone

Like the best crime fiction, Rolling Stone's infamous article about a purported gang rape at the University of Virginia was vividly written. I'm embarrassed to say that it almost convinced me.

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Decline of the dealmakers

With the defeat of Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, not a single Democrat from the Deep South will hold a Senate seat come January. That stark fact represents the last chapter of a long story that has been altering American politics for more than a half-century.

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'Tis the season for catalogs

'Tis the season to jam the mailbox with catalogs. I get four copies of some of them. One to J. Mullen, one to Jim Mullen, another to James Mullen and a fourth to J. Molehead, whoever he might be.

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Obama's dangerous legacy

Now that the 2014 elections are over and national politics is all about 2016, Democrats have good reason to worry that, for all his success at the polls, President Obama will leave his party with a toxic legacy.

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