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Wildfire burns homes in San Diego County

A wildfire climbs a canyon toward homes Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Carlsbad, Calif. More wildfires broke out Wednesday in San Diego County — threatening homes in Carlsbad and forcing the evacuations of military housing and an elementary school at Camp Pendleton —...

Youngstown Mayor Indicted In Corruption Probe

CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors in Ohio are bringing conspiracy and bribery charges against the mayor of Youngstown and a county official. A grand jury has indicted Mayor John McNally and Mahoning (MUH’-hoh-ning) County Auditor Michael Sciortino (shoor-TEEN’-oh). The...

In Cleveland, Biden Urges Infrastructure Spending

CLEVELAND (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the country must invest in infrastructure if it is to remain the world’s preeminent economic force. Speaking Wednesday at a rail car repair shop in Cleveland, Biden said improvements such as a new train station in the...

In Cleveland, Biden Urges Infrastructure Spending

CLEVELAND (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the country must invest in infrastructure if it is to remain the world’s preeminent economic force. Speaking Wednesday at a rail car repair shop in Cleveland, Biden said improvements such as a new train station in the...

Dionne: The two GOP establishments

The language commonly used to describe the battle going on inside the Republican Party is wrong and misleading. The fights this spring are not between “the grass roots” and “the establishment” but between two establishment factions spending vast sums to gain the upper hand. Their...

Will: The effect of one-party rule

CHICAGO Democracy can be cruel because elections deprive the demos of the delight of alibis and the comfort of complaining. Illinois voters have used many elections to make theirs the worst-governed state, with about $100 billion in unfunded public pension promises and $6.7...

Lane: Thomas Piketty identifies an important ill of capitalism but not its cure

The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in the United States. The Allies liberated Paris 70 years ago. And, of course, it’s been 135 years since “Progress and Poverty,” by the American journalist Henry George, was published in 1879....
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Editorial: Montgomery County’s school-funding gimmickry buys a year of peace

WITH THE aid of budgetary sleight of hand, Montgomery County has papered over the latest dispute over funding between the County Council, which holds the purse strings, and the school system, which accounts for more than half of the jurisdiction’s spending. The school...
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Editorial: MERS is still a mystery virus

SAUDI ARABIA crossed a grim threshold Wednesday, announcing that the number of cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome, caused by a novel coronavirus, has exceeded 500 in the kingdom, with 157 deaths among them. The global number of MERS cases is now more than 570, with two of...
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Editorial: Partisan sabotage in the Senate unplugs a useful bill

TO THOSE who believe that the partisan warfare dominating Congress is merely the result of a healthy clash of ideas, we present to you the sad low point the Senate hit on Monday. For years, seemingly everyone in Congress has agreed that the country should waste less energy and...