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Misery is a growth industry

While Congress is mulling how best to deal with the housing crisis, it might want to consider a not-altogether-reassuring outgrowth of that crisis. According to The New York Times, because of the great number of foreclosures, "a small army of law firms and default-servicing companies, who represent mortgage lenders, have been raking in mounting profits."
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You are who you do business with

Turn your clock back 70 years. Imagine that Wall Street banks and brokerages sold Nuremberg-compliant bonds and stock funds in 1938. American Nazi sympathizers bought financial instruments certified by Berlin-based advisors as free of "Jewish profits" from, say, Salomon Brothers and Bloomingdale's.
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Is true love worth the hassle?

Every once in a while I scan the advice columns for a little view into humanity. It's interesting to see what folks are struggling with and especially interesting to see how advice columnists respond. More than every once in a while I come across something that seems to encapsulate where our crazy culture is in its thinking about relationships.
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Firestorm over torture memo

Lawmakers and rights groups on Wednesday blasted the US government's tactics in the "war on terror" saying a 2003 legal memo had given the military a green light to use torture in interrogations. The Justice Department memo, dated March 14, 2003 and released on Wednesday, was sent to the Pentagon as it struggled to set guidelines for interrogators.
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The infamous torture memo

The Justice department has released the full text of the infamous 2003 "torture memo" dismissively brushing aside the legal restraints on military interrogators. The torture part of the memo -- and cruel, degrading and humiliating treatment whether dressed up as "enhanced" or "aggressive" interrogation is still torture -- is alarming enough but what is really chilling is the legal underpinning.
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Wait ’till next year…

Sports metaphors get used a lot in politics, but there are some key differences between the two endeavors. The biggest is that in sports they keep score. For example, you'll never hear a football coach explain after his team is outscored by seven touchdowns that they really won the game, but this fact isn't being reported by the liberal media.
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Time to honor Jackie Robinson

Gleaming white against the black night sky just beyond the outfield fence, the Capitol dome looms as a reminder that Washington's new ballpark is not just spectacular, but also a national monument of sorts.
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