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The right to buy an election

If you believe money is speech, corporations are people, and the wealthiest 1 percent are a persecuted minority, then you will love the recent Supreme Court decision on campaign finance (McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission) and where it is pointing our political process.

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Racists are real, and wrong

Racism is an incendiary word. It should be used carefully and cautiously. But when racism does appear, it should be identified and indicted.

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Wonderful signs of spring

Today I saw my first crocus popping up after the long winter. It was in a picture a friend posted on Facebook. Suddenly, it seemed everyone was posting pictures of buds on trees, robins on the lawn, green shoots coming up in the garden. It was almost enough to make me go outside and take a look for myself.

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Hillary leans on Bill, Barack

Recently, Hillary Clinton gave what appeared at first to be a rambling and unfocused answer when asked to name the proudest achievement of her four years as Secretary of State. The short version is, she doesn't have one.

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Will Jeb Bush make a run?

The presidential nomination race is frozen. The big money and the gritty organizers won't make 2016 election commitments until the putative front-runner makes a move, in or out of the campaign.

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On idiots and Congress

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” Mark Twain penned those words more than a century ago.

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Business Pulse: 4-13-14

Cellphones may be one of the great conveniences of the past 20 years, but they continue to be an absolute nightmare for criminals, who seem to get caught on a weekly basis because of some sort of cellphone mishap.

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The guys don't get it

The guys still don't get it.

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An alternative to prison time

At last, more emphasis -- particularly from Attorney General Eric Holder -- is being placed on how to reduce the large numbers of inmates in our overflowing prisons. Once released, these people are often re-arrested, and then locked up again.

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How long can the same story air?

How long do you think you'd continue to buy this newspaper if every single story on every single page for the last three weeks was about a missing airplane? Or a hurricane? Or a baby down a well? Or any other single topic?

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Anti-Obamacare ads

Some conservative political groups have run into trouble making ads that criticize Obamacare. The ads were intended to showcase "horror stories" from the Democrats' national health care overhaul, but instead attracted zealous fact-checking and ferocious pushback from liberal activists.

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TN Promise falls short

During  Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s fourth annual State of the State address to the General Assembly on Feb. 3, he unveiled his visionary “Tennessee Promise” proposal to offer free community and technology college education to graduating high school seniors.

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Let loose the purse strings

With its members holding lifetime tenure and sheltered from elections and polls, the Supreme Court has the capacity to structure the politics of the other two branches. It did so in 2000, when it settled the electoral standoff between Al Gore Jr., and George W. Bush. It did so in 2010, when it permitted corporations and nonprofit organizations to make unlimited "independent expenditures." And it did so again Wednesday.

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Business Pulse: 4-6-14

If you’re looking for jobs, jobs, jobs, the big news last week came Wednesday from Manchester where Aspen Technologies announced it will be locating a new plant. The company is expected to create 160 jobs.

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