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Misreading Putin, and history

One hundred years after a spark in Central Europe ignited a conflagration from which the world has not yet recovered and from which Europe will never recover, armed forces have crossed an international border in Central Europe, eliciting this analysis from Secretary of State John Kerry: “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century. It really puts at question Russia’s capacity to be within the G8.”

GOP’s crocodile tears over jobs

WASHINGTON — At the risk of repeating myself, the federal minimum wage is far too low and needs to be raised. Republicans who claim to be worried about lost jobs can dry their crocodile tears, because a few simple measures would get all those jobs back — and lots more.

As a nation, we’re still too fat

CHICAGO — If the recently announced dramatic decline in obesity among 2- to 5-year-olds holds steady, then in about 18 years it will be fair to say a dent has been made in the obesity epidemic.

GOP choosing candidates more wisely

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In today’s unforgiving politics, both parties often think: “If at first you don’t succeed, don’t darken our door again.” Ken Buck, however, had another idea.

Obama’s best hope for change

President Obama’s new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color — “My Brother’s Keeper” — is cause for cheer.

Putin’s Ukraine gambit

Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year. All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the (20th) century.”

The discipline of parenting

American parents seem to be producing three different and fundamentally broken childhood experiences by pushing, coddling or shrugging off their kids.

Perfect climate for liberals

The many jaundiced assessments of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on the fifth anniversary of its enactment were understandable, given that the sluggish recovery, now drowsing through the second half of its fifth year, is historically anemic. Still, bleak judgments about the stimulus spending miss the main point of it, which was to funnel a substantial share of its money to unionized, dues-paying, Democratic-voting government employees. Hence the stimulus succeeded. So there.

Republicans are getting to yes

WASHINGTON — Republicans have excelled at concealing their brilliance in recent years and Democrats have exalted in their own good fortune.

The Cold War’s final episode?

One hundred years ago this coming Aug. 4, the day Britain declared war on Germany, socialists in the German Reichstag voted for credits to finance the war. Marxists — including Lenin, who that day was in what now is Poland — were scandalized. Marx had preached that the proletariat has no fatherland, only a transnational class loyalty to proletarians everywhere. “In 1918,” wrote Louis Fischer, Lenin’s best biographer, “patriotism and nationalism, born of the ‘subjectivism’ Lenin so disliked, were ideological crimes in Soviet Russia.”

Join hands, and good things happen

They arrived at the base of Saddle Rock on April 20, 2013, by themselves, as couples, in groups of 10 or more. All with one goal in mind: Hike up the hill to their assigned spot as part of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust’s Hands Across the Foothills event.

A big vote, breaking unions’ grip

This year’s most important election will not occur in November, when more than 90 million votes will be cast for governors and national legislators. The most important election, crucial to an entire region’s economic well-being and to the balance of the nation’s political competition, has already occurred.

Talking to our customers — why?

You may have noticed that there is a lot of talk recently about ways your public utility is trying to engage in a conversation with you. You might be asking yourself, “Why is the PUD doing (what seems like) a bunch of surveys?” It’s a reasonable question and deserves an answer about what we are doing when it comes to surveys and outreach, and why.