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Measles, vaccines and autism

February 12, 2015 The current controversy over whether parents should be forced to have their children vaccinated for measles is one of the painful signs of our times. more »»

Brian Williams and the loss of credibility

February 11, 2015 There’s this speech I give my students. Distilled, it goes like this. more »»

Mommy truce

February 10, 2015 In the early ’90s, I used to perm my hair into spring coils and wore padded shoulders that gave me the wingspan of a whooper swan, but I thought my biggest problem was my 5-year-old daughter’s... more »»


February 10, 2015 As if we aren’t already divided enough by race, class, gender, political party, economic status and sexual orientation, the federal government is reportedly thinking about creating a new category of... more »»

Alabama issuing marriage licenses

February 10, 2015 MONTGOMERY, Ala. more »»

Death toll from General Motors ignition switches rises to 52

February 10, 2015 DETROIT (AP) — The families of 52 people killed in crashes caused by faulty General Motors small-car ignition switches will receive millions in compensation from a company fund. more »»

$355M returned to Madoff investors

February 10, 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — About $355 million distributed last week to investors cheated in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme means over half of allowable claims have been paid in full, the trustee recovering mone... more »»

Emirates launches airstrikes on IS

February 10, 2015 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes today against the Islamic State group from an air base in Jordan, marking its return to combat operations against the... more »»

Car bomb explodes in Niger

February 10, 2015 NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram escalated its attacks in neighboring countries Monday, as a car bomb exploded in one Niger town repeatedly targeted by the... more »»

Netanyahu says he will go ahead with speech to Congress

February 10, 2015 JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will travel to Washington to speak before the U.S. Congress next month despite calls to cancel his speech. more »»

Obama’s comparison defies logic

February 9, 2015 On Tuesday, the so-called Islamic State released a slickly produced video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a steel cage. more »»

Borrowed valor

February 9, 2015 Let me see if I understand this: Chris Kyle was not a hero, but Brian Williams was? What do we make of Williams’ attempt to snatch some vicarious honor? The response to “American Sniper” should not... more »»

A life well lived

February 7, 2015 This weekend is not only MTU’s Winter Carnival, but is an important event — my birthday. I am one of those people that loves to celebrate a birthday. more »»


February 7, 2015 Politicians and lawyers pretend that they are important people doing important work. But often they're important because they are parasites. more »»

The share-the-scraps economy

February 7, 2015 How would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance, and almost all profits go to the robots’ owners? Meanwhile, human beings do the wor... more »»

A candidate for both suburban and countryside Republicans

February 7, 2015 Can a single speech at an Iowa political event change the course of a presidential nomination race? Maybe. It actually has happened. more »»

Co-ops and internships, a value greater than a paycheck

February 7, 2015 Co-ops are opportunities for students earn college credit while working in industry. more »»

Obama versus America

February 5, 2015 In his recent trip to India, President Obama repeated a long-standing pattern of his — denigrating the United States to foreign audiences. more »»

We could have predicted Cake Wars II

February 4, 2015 We should have seen this one coming. This is America, after all, a country having no shortage of people with, apparently, too much time on their hands. So someone should have predicted Cake Wars II. more »»

Obama tightens rules on use of bulk intelligence data

February 4, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has tightened rules governing how the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies use Internet and phone communications of foreigners collected by the Nationa... more »»



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