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US middle class feeling tighter economic squeeze

US middle class feeling tighter economic squeeze

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son — so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child.

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Bakken gets $1.4 million to curb domestic violence

WASHINGTON — Efforts to stop domestic violence and violence against women in the fast-growing Bakken oil patch are getting some federal help.

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60-year marriage: 'You must keep communicating'

60-year marriage: 'You must keep communicating'

CODY, Wyo. — “Honest brokers” — that’s a role Ann and Al Simpson have learned to play during their long marriage.

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Target signs legal brief backing gay marriage

Target Corp. has for the first time come out publicly in support of gay marriage, as a growing number of high-profile businesses take positions on the divisive issue.

August 10, 2014 12:15 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: America's future hinges on fearsome mega-trends

WASHINGTON — Just why is American politics so dysfunctional?

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: How Arizona's anti-gay bill would have hurt religion

WASHINGTON — Social and religious conservatives should have been the first to oppose the Arizona Legislature’s effort to allow businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds.

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5 siblings reconnect; 2 crossed paths at Wal-Mart

5 siblings reconnect; 2 crossed paths at Wal-Mart

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The lives of five brothers and sisters born in North Dakota who were separately adopted at infancy took the twists and turns that 50 years bring. Some moved to different states; some married; some had children. But none of them ever knew the others existed.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Ending rancor: Can gays help save marriage?

WASHINGTON — The rapid evolution of attitudes toward gay marriage is a wonder to behold.

August 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: To a late, gay uncle — we have come a long way

This column is dedicated to my Uncle Curtis, a gay man.

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Guest opinion: Paid family leave would let dads take time to be dads

“Take Time to Be a Dad Today!” exhorts a nationwide public service announcement promoting fathers’ involvement with their children. But if the U.S. government really wants to promote fathers’ involvement, it should adopt a proven policy: paid family leave.

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Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Agents of intolerance hinder GOP

A group of rich Republicans is raising money to support same-sex marriage. By doing so, they reveal a fundamental split in conservative ranks between two very different philosophies.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Slow U.S. economy accelerates family meltdown

WASHINGTON -- The discouraging March employment report, with a job increase of only 88,000, raises questions well beyond the dreary state of today's labor market. Prolonged high unemployment may be silently shredding the social fabric in ways that last for decades. Even before the Great Rece…

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George F. Will: Same-sex marriage case veers into uncharted territory

WASHINGTON -- When on March 26 the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about whether California's ban on same-sex marriages violates the constitutional right to "equal protection of the laws," these arguments will invoke the intersection of law and social science. The court should tread cauti…

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Guest opinion: On International Women’s Day, let us pledge to end poverty

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, and activists have celebrated it for 100 years now. This year’s theme, set by the United Nations, is “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.” Here at home, to gain momentum, women need to gain economic power.

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David Ignatius: Women drive sea change in Muslim world

WASHINGTON — Something startling is happening in the Muslim world — and no, I don't mean the Arab Spring or the growth of Islamic fundamentalism. According to a leading demographer, a "sea change" is producing a sharp decline in Muslim fertility rates and a "flight from marriage" among Arab women.

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George F. Will: Taking America's pulse on least worst option

PRESIDENT: The leading figure in a small group of men of whom — and of whom only — it is positively known that immense numbers of their countrymen did not want any of them for president.

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With fewer wedding bells ringing, marriage in America has evolved

With fewer wedding bells ringing, marriage in America has evolved

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — She wore a brown floral dress for the ceremony. He wore his U.S. Army uniform, and after all this time, he still worries that it looked too rumpled to pass muster.

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Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Friends celebrate Barney and Jim's wedding

Our friend Barney is getting married. That’s hardly newsworthy — this is the wedding season, after all — except for one thing. Barney’s last name is Frank, he was the first gay congressman to talk openly about his sexuality. Now he’s the first to have a legal wedding.

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Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: Vatican tries to make nuns sound like bishops

Really? Women religious in America will now have a bishop grading their morals?

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Wyoming House gives early nod to anti-gay marriage bill after impassioned debate

Wyoming House gives early nod to anti-gay marriage bill after impassioned debate

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming House on Thursday advanced legislation that would stop recognition of out-of-state gay marriages.

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