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Dionne: The social justice majority

Why are we arguing about issues that were settled decades ago? Why, for example, is it so hard to extend unemployment insurance at a time when the jobless rate nationally is still at 7 percent and higher than that in 21 states ? As the Senate votes this week on help for the...

Scotland secession could lead to re-Balkanization of Europe

Lord George Robertson was secretary general of NATO from 1999 to 2003. He was Britain’s defense secretary from 1997 to 1999 and the Labour Party’s principal spokesman on Scotland from 1992 to 1997. This time next year, the country known as the United Kingdom may be...

Strategies for sustainable growth

Lawrence Summers is a professor and past president at Harvard. He was Treasury secretary from 1999 to 2001 and economic adviser to President Obama from 2009 through 2010. Last month I argued that the U.S. and global economies may be in a period of secular stagnation in which...

Samuelson: The hidden consequences of Snowden’s NSA revelations

There is more than a little hypocrisy to the outcry that the government, through the National Security Agency (NSA), is systematically destroying Americans’ right to privacy. Edward Snowden’s revelations have been stripped of their social, technological and historical...

Longest Streaks Without A Playoff Win In NFL

Longest streaks without a playoff win in NFL history, according to STATS LLC. 50 years, Chicago/St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1948-97) 37 years, Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers (1933-71) 33 years, New Orleans Saints (1967-99) 33 years, Detroit Lions (1958-90) 28 years,...

Cavs’ Irving Misses 3rd Game With Knee Injury

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers are missing starting All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and his backup, Jarrett Jack, against Indiana. Irving is out for the third straight game with a bruised knee. Jack was expected to make his third start in a row for Irving, but he was a late...

Sex offender seeks admission to Kentucky bar

This undated photo provided by Kentucky State Police shows Guy Padraic Hamilton-Smith, a University of Kentucky law school graduate, who is battling to be allowed to take the bar exam. The Kentucky Supreme Court has rejected his efforts so far. Hamilton-Smith pleaded guilty to...

Below-zero temps push into Midwest, Northeast

Allan Umscheid, owner of Yards By Al in Lawrence, Kan, feels the bitter wind and catches drifting snow on his face as he runs a snowblower early Sunday morning, Jan. 5, 2014. Several inches of snow fell on the Lawrence area overnight and wind chill values are forecast to be as...

1 killed, 2 injured in Aspen, Colo., plane crash

Emergency crews work near a passenger plane that crashed upon landing at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, Colo., Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/The Aspen Times, Leigh Vogel) Emergency crews work near a passenger plane that crashed upon landing at the Aspen-Pitkin County...