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Let’s face it…Pork is with us to stay

Those expensive non-crucial items -- also known as "earmarks" -- lawmakers stick into nearly every spending bill to help assure their reelection would be better labeled "nose marks" for all those snouts in the public trough. Even the fact deficit spending is expected to reach unprecedented levels hasn't deterred the collective gluttony.


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Is a Disunited States in our future?

Top Russian diplomat Igor Panarin has been predicting for more than 10 years now that the United States will break up into six separate pieces that will become client states of China, Mexico, Canada and the European Union. Alaska will revert to Russia, although Sarah Palin will surely have something to say about that.

Now he's come up with more specifics. There will be economic and moral collapse this year, followed by martial law and civil war, with the breakup coming next year.


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Good etiquette for a bad economy

As you know, the best minds in Washington, D.C., are working to fix the economy. That strongly suggests to me that the recession is going to be around for a while yet.

So how are we to behave in our reduced state of prosperity? What etiquette should we observe? To answer these questions, I am writing an important and timely book, "Good Manners That Poor You Can Afford."


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Bush’s lust to become a dictator

The Obama Justice Department has released nine legal memos drafted in the aftermath of 9/11 that bypassed the Constitution to justify near-dictatorial powers for then-President Bush.

A memo for the file written five days before the Bush administration left office formally repudiated the still-secret memos "because of the doubtful nature of these propositions." Doubtful, indeed.


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Our problems go deeper than just the economy

It's difficult to find a noun or adjective related to the circumstance of disaster that hasn't been used to describe our current economic dilemma.

It's been called a "crisis" many times. Sometimes the crisis "deepens." Other times it "cascades." President Obama warns that inaction could turn "crisis into a catastrophe."


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A wise politician should learn to just say ‘no’

If you are a prominent politician with big time ambitions, say like running for president, and someone approaches you about delivering your party's response to the incumbent chief executive's address to the Congress, State of the Union or otherwise, you probably should come down with a sudden case of laryngitis.


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Feds ready another deal to save Citigroup

The government is on the verge of closing a deal to significantly boost its ownership stake in Citigroup. In return, it will demand changes be made on the troubled banking giant's board and other conditions, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.


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Trillion? Get used to that word

President Obama's new budget, unprecedented in size, scope and borrowed, money takes the federal government's finances into uncharted realms. Someone who never ran an enterprise larger than his Senate office staff is asking Congress and the American people to put a lot of trust in his financial savvy.


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