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Economic research points the way for different education policy

Michael J. Hicks The past decade has seen a blossoming of research on the geography of employment and the effect of automation on the demand for workers and skills. However, I have become frustrated at how few insights from the past quarter century are underst

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Nobody eats wolf

Kathleen Parker WASHINGTON — From Little Red Riding Hood’s terrifying encounter with the Big Bad Wolf to Kevin Costner’s balletic romance with some kindred, four-legged spirit in “Dances With Wolves,” Americans have long had a love-hat

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Trump's executive order will help lower kidney disease

An executive order that President Donald Trump signed last week has the potential to cut kidney disease rates, make dialysis more convenient and increase the number of organs available for transplant. That means an improved quality of life for some Americans and a

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Safety research needs a transformation

More women than men are licenced to drive cars in the United States and they influence 80 percent of car purchasing decisions there and in Canada, too. But you’d never know that by the disturbing facts in a new study that shows auto accidents are much more da

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Truman Library spruces up to match president's legacy

David M. Shribman Who today thinks about Harry Truman? A lot of people, it turns out, and that is one reason why the Truman Presidential Library and Museum is closing next week. That may sound like the kind of riddle that was prominent in this region during the Tru

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To defeat Trump, Democrats should nominate Bennet

George F. Will WASHINGTON — With a disgust commensurate with the fact, Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, says that during 40 percent of his 10 Senate years the government has been run on “continuing resolutions.” Congress passes these in orde

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Perot left lasting legacy

Ross Perot was not a large man: barely 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and maybe 150 pounds. But he was a giant. Perot died in Dallas (July 9) at age 89. A family spokesman said the cause was leukemia. He led an amazing life serving his country, amassing a fortune on his ow

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Baseball offers three hours of needed escape

Gene Lyons The worse it gets, the more I need baseball. The worse what gets? Well, what have you got? Watched the evening news lately? Some days, the promise of a three-hour break from what novelist Philip Roth called “the indigenous American berserk” d

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Acosta displayed rare cowardice before justice - and needs to step down

Kathleen Parker It helps to know people in high places, especially if you’re a sex offender and your name is Jeffrey Epstein. Some might say that Epstein, the multimillionaire financier, reached the summits of wealth and self-indulgence by his own volition. H

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America is greater than 'just OK'

Marc A. Thiessen WASHINGTON — Maybe President Trump was right that we needed a “Salute to America” last week, because apparently some Americans have lost sight of the greatness of our country. Case in point: To mark Independence Day, The New York

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Dems can't convince voters to overlook economy

Byron York On Oct. 28, 1980, in the final debate of his race against Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan asked a question that has come to define presidential politics. “Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls, will stand there in the polling place and make a de

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Less red tape is working

It’s often said that the stock market is not the real economy, meaning: Wall Street traders make educated guesses about the future, so don’t read too much into this or that moment’s results. Stocks bounce around. GDP numbers, hiring and other data

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The SS Sultana: A Civil War tragedy lost to history

Leo Morris This will be on the honor system, so tell the truth. Let’s have a show of hands from all those who’ve heard of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. OK, looks like a lot of you, a solid majority, in fact. Now, how many of you have heard of the

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The USWNT deserves champion-level pay

Eugene Robinson The superb athletes of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, once again winners of the World Cup, shouldn’t be paid as much as their counterparts on the men’s team. The women should be paid more. A lot more. If the field of sports

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U.S. needs to increase cyber security protection

So what if the entire history of you was under scrutiny? For many, maybe most of us, no big deal. On the other hand, that late-night call to an old flame just before you got married might be embarrassing to have surface. But what if it’s way worse? What if so

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