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Gruber's uber super bloopers

Are you stupid? Am I stupid? Dr. Jonathan Gruber (rhymes with uber) an MIT economist and one of the architects of Obamacare, seems to think so. He has been caught on video explaining how the so-called Affordable Care Act was sold to the American public.

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Webster reason to give thanks

In a nation with fewer and fewer shared experiences, one remains resilient, rich and redolent of memory. Thanksgiving is one of our most beloved American holidays, and its story -- about grace and gratitude, played out on a wilderness tableau of brotherhood -- is a venerated part of our national narrative.

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Business Pulse: 11-23-14

Business Pulse: 11-23-14

As we go through this great journey of life, sometimes we get the shaft. Whether it’s a mechanic who claimed to do work he didn’t, or a handyman who leaves our home in shambles, sometimes things don’t turn out the way we plan.

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Dogs bring great joy to life

As I write, the love of my life is off to the state penitentiary. I expect her back at the farm in late afternoon. She's a volunteer with Paws in Prison, an organization that matches homeless dogs with inmate trainers.

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There can be compromise

The economic news from abroad is not good. Japan has plunged into a recession and Europe could soon follow. America's performance -- 3.5 percent annual growth, 5.8 percent unemployment rate -- looks positively robust by comparison.

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I am one man who is unhandy

Sue can always find some silly excuse to go to the building supply store. Like: If we don't fix the leak in the roof, the living room ceiling will collapse. If we don't replace the three missing risers on the front porch steps, someone will trip, break a leg and sue us. If we don't fix the freezer, all the food will melt and spoil.

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Obamacare's downward spiral

There were 60 Democrats in the Senate on Christmas Eve 2009, when they voted in lockstep to pass the Affordable Care Act. Soon there will be 46 Democrats in the Senate, or perhaps 47, if Sen. Mary Landrieu ekes out a win in Louisiana. In plain numbers, the post-Obamacare trajectory is not good for Senate Democrats.

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GOP moderates have heartbeat

LEBANON, N.H. -- Can you discern, deep in the new Republican Party -- amid the conservative warriors and tea-infused crusaders -- a faint moderate heartbeat?

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Obama: Denier in Chief?

Nearly two weeks after their midterm mauling by the GOP, hardcore Democrats are stuck somewhere between denial and desperation.

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Business Pulse: 11-16-14

Business Pulse: 11-16-14

I was surfing the Internet for news Thursday night when I discovered a neat story from London where the world’s tallest man, at 8-foot-3, had an arranged meeting with the world’s shortest man, at 1-foot-9. The two men, despite their vast differences, admitted they have endured similar struggles in life because of their freakish size.

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It's more gong show politics

In the bipolar gong show of Washington politics, it's the Republicans' turn. Count on them to opt for televised spectacle over governing. It's what they do.

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Give workers a pay raise

American workers need a raise, and there's one simple way to boost incomes at the lower end of the pay scale: Increase the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009.

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Why are political ads so awful?

One of the great things about the recent election is we won't have to see another political commercial ... for at least two or three months. That's when the campaign ads for the 2016 election will begin.

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Obama dodges responsibility

President Obama did something extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented, in his news conference immediately after the midterm elections: He claimed a mandate on behalf of voters who didn't vote.

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