Opinion

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Veteran's voice: a soldier's death

A soldier in my old unit who deployed with us to Afghanistan committed suicide. He was only 25 years old. What caused this young man with so much promise to feel that there is no way out?

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NBC's "Obama knew" charge on health care problem doesn't hold up

The debate was widely covered in the press as early as 2010, so it's unclear what exactly the NBC investigation unit has uncovered.

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Shutdown: New phase in a very American coup

They didn't wear jackboots, but the shutdown of government by an extremist faction of the Republican Party can only be described as a new phase in a very American coup.

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What does Obamacare mean for young people?

At this point in time, there are about 47 million people in the U.S. without health insurance. This includes a good amount of young people.

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GOP strategy: Tune out, turn off, drop out

The antics of GOP Senator Ted Cruz are only the latest example of an effort to pull the political discourse further to the right.

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Tea party's shutdown showdown could crash the economy

Republican obstructionists have prevented any agreement, so cuts are in effect and have already damaged health, nutrition, education, public safety and many other programs.

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Behind the headlines: Walmart and workplace safety

Walmart and companies like it have few responsibilities to their employees to balance management's right to hire and fire at will, and what legal responsibilities they do bear have been eroded over the past decades.

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Need health care? Sign up for Obamacare!

Largely obscured by the Syrian crisis in recent weeks have been the moves - from joke to extortion to possible treason - by Republicans in their rabid war against Obamacare.

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"We've got a long way to go" for decent health care

Recently I have had the misfortune of visiting the emergency room twice - once with my father, who had had a stroke, and once as a patient, due to a dislocated knee.

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Paula Deen, Inc. filled America with junk food

Paula Deen lived by the cleaver and she died by the cleaver. She skyrocketed to fame and fortune based on a caricature.

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