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A Matter Of Opinion archive for Jan. 2011

MONDAY, JAN. 31, 2011

Turmoil in Egypt 30 

This is a good place to keep updated on rapidly changing events. Any thoughts? UPDATE: Many attacks on media. Mubarak says he can't leave now. That would be chaos. So, instead, he'll literally bash the coverage. Thugs. Plain and simple. UPDATE: Egypt photos from former...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

State of the Union 

The president presented his case. So did the Republicans, via Paul Ryan and Michele Bachmann. The Libertarians said a pox on all their houses. And you?

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TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011

No saving seats 

There's been a lot of talk on the political TV channels today about the change in seating arrangements for tonight's State of the Union Address. Rs and Ds will mingle rather than divide into partisan blocs in the House chamber. Or, as Republican Sen. Lisa...

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MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011

The Creach case 12 

Spokane County Prosecutor decides not to seek charges in the shooting death of Wayne Scott Creach. It's is a tough situation. Two people involved in the encounter. Only one lives to tell about it. Would it help to have coroner inquests in cases like these?....

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FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

Myth of Hero Gunslinger

Interesting column by Timothy Egan (formerly of Spokane) about the notion of increasing safety by carrying a gun. It is related to the Tucson shootings. It defies logic, as this case shows once again, that an average citizen with a gun is going to disarm...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2011

Backpack bomb 

The backpack found downtown during the MLK march had a bomb in it, and the FBI is treating this as an instance of domestic terrorism. Rachel Maddow interviewed the S-R's Tom Clouse. You can watch that here. Otherwise, this has not become a national story....

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The Jan. 17 thread 26 

Put your thoughts here. Heard this lyric driving in today: "Ain't it like most people -- I'm no different -- we like to talk on things we don't know about."

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SUNDAY, JAN. 9, 2011

Tragedy in Arizona 104 

We live in a free and open society, and I doubt many of us would give that up in return for the efficiency of a dictatorship. Our freedom lets us say, write and do pretty much anything in reason and go where we want. It...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 6, 2011

New House Speaker John Boehner takes the gavel from outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday.  (Associated Press)

Remedial history 54 

The new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives drew some snarky comments for its decision to open business Thursday by reading the Constitution. I don't see the problem. Everyone ought to read our main historical documents every so often. About an hour after...

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Hello to 2011 97 

Open thread here. Members of Congress are reading the Constitution. Wonder who gets this part? Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to...

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2011

Has the budget deficit grabbed our attention? 64 

Alice Rivlin, former budget director for President Clinton, has been probably the most outspoken Democrat in recent years about the need to deal with the federal budget deficit. In a commentary from the Brookings Institute's website, she sounds hopeful that bipartisan progress could be made...

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