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    Getting real about pensions

    Slowly but surely, reality is taking hold in the debate over the massive liabilities state and local governments have accumulated for their workers' pensions and other benefits. ...

    Jobs growth is not enough

    U.S. business is once again creating jobs in bunches. Payrolls increased 217,000 in May, according to Friday’s monthly update from the Labor Department; it was the fourth straight month of above-200,000 employment growth. All 8.7 million jobs lost during ...

    No road work ahead

    Both parties want to do nothing but squabble before this year’s election. Not much will stop them — except, perhaps, this dose of reality: If political point-scoring is all they accomplish over the next several weeks, work on the nation’s roads, bridges a ...

    Best-case budgeting

    Congress has many ways to achieve its many purposes. The transparent way is to enact a program and pay for it annually out of general revenues or borrowing. The politically easier but less transparent method is to go “off-budget,” via government loans and ...

    A price for repression

    For years the Obama administration, like its predecessors, has avoided punitive action or even harsh words against the authoritarian, populist government of Venezuela, despite its systematic violations of human rights. The thinking is that Hugo Chavez and ...

    The retreat continues

    You can’t fault President Obama for inconsistency. After winning election in 2008, he reduced the U.S. military presence in Iraq to zero. After helping to topple Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, he made sure no U.S. forces would remain. He has ste ...

    Rush diagnosis

    The men and women who have served their country in uniform deserve better than delay or denial of the medical care they need and have earned. So it is crucial to get to the bottom of allegations of misconduct at the nation’s veterans hospitals. America’s ...

    A half-baked school lunch program

    The federal government spends more than $10 billion a year on the National School Lunch Program, which serves more than 30 million students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For that, taxpayers should expect schools not to feed their children junk. That ...

    A taxing situation

    Someday, the wolf and the lamb will lie down together, and, shortly thereafter, perhaps, Republicans and Democrats will pass tax reform. It shouldn’t be that hard, actually, given the broad recognition in both parties that exchanging lower tax rates for a ...

    Forced to forget

    Many people have a link or two they wish wouldn’t pop up when they Google their own names. They will appreciate the motivation of an audacious ruling the European Court of Justice handed down Monday. But the ruling could easily damage the flow of informat ...

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