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After watching an entertaining episode of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," I was compelled to do a little research of my own concerning wage disparity in the U.S.According to a Sept. 10, 2013 report from The Associated Press, the top 1 percent of U.S. wage earners in 2012 earned 19.3 percent of total household income, while the top 10 percent earned 48.2 percent.According to the report, this is the widest wage gap since 1928.So if my calculations are correct,...

Updated Jul 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Many of those who oppose gay marriage couch their arguments in the idea that marriage is for procreation. Point out that millions of married couples — gay and straight alike — who want children cannot create them, and most of them will invariably...

Updated Jul 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM

The United States government has a commitment to take care of its military veterans. In case you haven’t heard, however, there’s a scandal rocking the Veterans Administration. A recent investigation by CNN revealed that...

Updated Jul 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Thanks to Rick Santorum, the Kansas governor’s race took a very theatrical turn.

Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

I remember attending a panel discussion at the John F. Kennedy Library on the topic of “transformative presidencies,” at which a pair of Harvard professors and a pair of pundits considered how Barack Obama might find himself up there with Ronald...

Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I’ve never been a political consultant, but insulting specific groups of potential voters just doesn’t sound like good strategy.

Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

The headlines say that the Supreme Court dealt a blow to “Obamacare.” Maybe, and maybe not. What their recent ruling did was to cast a shadow over the approach our country has taken to providing health care to our people. In short, Hobby Lobby...

Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Immigration continues to be a hot topic in America, especially right now.The latest issue making national headlines involves the thousands of Central American children who are sent unaccompanied by their parents to cross into the...

Posted Jul 11, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin delivered his annual State of the State address in January, and according to Rolling Stone Magazine, Shumlin devoted his entire speech to what he perceived as the state’s biggest threat — heroin addiction.

Updated Jul 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Let’s have a conversation about humans and corporations. Later we’ll move onto robots, so hang on for the exciting science fiction portion of today’s column.

Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Over the holiday weekend, an "unpatriotic float" featured in the Fourth of July parade in Norfolk, Nebraska made national headlines. The float, which depicted an emaciated figure standing outside an outhouse labeled "Obama...

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