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Randy Carlyle distances himself from Ducks' recent Game 7 failures

The<p>Duckshave been trapped in a continuous loop of the movie “Groundhog Day,” living the same unchanging events over and over again. In their case, it’s taking a 3-2 lead in a playoff series but losing the sixth game on the road and the seventh at home. The fourth time through that scenario was the …

RNC clarifies part of Christmas message after social media criticism

A Republican National Committee official lashed out at critics after part of a Christmas statement it made Sunday sparked outrage on social media.<p>RNC Chairman Reince Priebus released a three-paragraph statement on the holiday, but it was the first paragraph that drew critics’ attention.<p>“Over two …

5 Reasons for Dodgers Fans to be Thankful

Here in the U.S. of A., today is Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful holiday filled with food, family, and football; two of those things are wonderful, …

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Scott Garrett, Hero Man

<b>One of the less appreciated aspects</b> of the Reign Of The Morons, now entering its second smash week, is the fact that the country is currently being led into the abyss by an incredible passel of drama queens. People are quick to mention that the people behind all of this are economically innumerate, …

The GOP’s Gotta Know When to Fold

A presidential democracy depends on two things: compromise and a recognition that the other side has a legitimate claim to power. Obama gets it. Now …

GOP launches race war to boost the 1 percent

From Newt’s epithets to the gutting of food stamps, Republicans try to unite white people to serve a hideous agenda<p>The recent vote of House Republicans to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program reflects a deep-seated and insidious racial resentment toward Americans of color. This racial …

He'll Be Coming Round the Mountain

<b>If there is a lesson</b> to be pulled to the present from the past for today it is a simple one: The obsessive micromanagement of military leaders in the field did not start with Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Siege of Khe Sahn. If anything, it started with Lincoln and his generals in Washington during …

Elizabeth Warren Wants To Take This Goldman Sachs Aluminum Story And Run Right Over Wall Street With It

"...I share the concern of many of my colleagues about asset managers at huge Wall Street banks exercising control of key parts of America's infrastructure," she said.<p>This discussion is crucial, as all of that will come up for consideration in September.<p>Back in 2003 the Federal Reserve decided to …

Snowden Is Just Hanging Out In Hong Kong, Giving More US Intelligence Secrets To The Chinese

But that doesn't mean the U.S. is close to apprehending him.<p>Snowden remains a free man in Hong Kong, Lana Lam of the South China Morning Post is reporting.<p>And, while he hangs out in a "safe place," Snowden is now sharing more U.S. intelligence secrets with the Chinese (and world) through the South …

We're Paying to Protect Chinese Oil

The national press corps made a big deal about cybersecurity when President Barack Obama met for two days with Chinese President Xi Jinping. And climate change. And currency manipulation. And even Smithfield Ham.<p>What did not appear to have been on the agenda was energy and oil, and particularly oil …

We Can't Arrest Our Way Out of This Problem

<i>How to Make Money Selling Drugs</i>, an independent film due in theaters at the end of this month, makes a number of arguments for why we should end the war on drugs. A cop for 34 years, my reasons are simple: Drug prohibition is bad for public safety, and it's never going to work.<p>I worked the streets …

Marco Rubio decides whether he wants to kill immigration reform or not

Does the conservative Florida senator still want to be instrumental in passing reform?<p>The Senate has just begun the weeks-long process of debating and voting on the immigration reform bill crafted by the "Gang of Eight." Harry Reid would like the bill passed on July 4, for the rather obvious …

Gun Violence in America: The Continuing Tragedy

Saturday, yet another troubled young man, this time in Santa Monica California, went on a rampage with a semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle equipped with high-capacity magazines. During that rampage, he fired his weapon numerous times from a vehicle he hijacked to the library of Santa Monica …

Obama Has Lost The War On Leaks

Whoever is leaking top secret NSA documents to the press doesn't appear to be afraid of the White House. Leakers as heroes.<p>If there's one early takeaway from this week's bombshell revelations about government agencies spying on American citizens, it's that President Obama's aggressive, years-long …

The NSA Non-Scandal

At a time when the Constitution is being trampled and the Attorney General has an unmitigated inability to tell the truth it is easy to see the most recent disclosures about NSA's collection of metadata from Verizon and possibly other carriers as yet another scandal involving the invasion of …

Millennials alone can’t save us

We’ve left our children a crumbling economy — and planet. It’s a burden they shouldn’t shoulder by themselves<p>Here may be the most commonplace sentence anyone could write about graduation day in any year: when I think back to my own graduation in 1966, an eon, a lifetime, a world ago, I have no …

The Separation of Church and State -- Then and Now

A public high school in Muldrow, Oklahoma, recently decided to remove plaques of the Ten Commandments from its classrooms after an atheist student urged the Freedom From Religion Foundation to threaten a lawsuit. The removal of the Decalogue displays offended numerous community members, thereby …

What Do Bengazi, IRS, and Social Security Have in Common?

The Bengazi attack, the IRS Tea Party scandal, and fixing Social Security -- what do they have in common? Money. Or lack thereof. It takes money to run government, and a strident minority have decided that strangling government is the best way to make it run better. So their representatives in …

Apple: Bad Model for 'Tax Reform' -- California, New Tax Thinkers, Chart a Better Way

In testimony last week, Apple CEO Timothy Cook proudly described the ingenious ways in which Apple tax attorneys have gamed the U.S. tax system to make sure their company pays a whole lot less in taxes to the USA -- their supposed "home country" -- than U.S. users of their products or tax writers …

20 Things We Wish Someone Had Told Us At Graduation

So we decided to ask our editorial and senior staff here at Business Insider, "What do you wish someone had told you at graduation?"<p>Our colleagues had a lot to say, from how important it is to take care of your finances to not worrying about the first five years after graduation (you read that …

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