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Gubernatorial candidates face off in Riverton

Gubernatorial candidates face off in Riverton

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Republican Gov. Matt Mead says addressing all of Wyoming’s priorities, including education and health care, requires a robust economy.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: A Tar Heel rebellion against rightwing reaction

BURLINGTON, N.C. — The clergy gathered in the second-floor conference room at the First Baptist Church here were pondering whether this midterm election might be different from other midterm elections.

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5 things to know about Wyoming's primary elections

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Five things to know about Wyoming’s midterm elections on Nov. 4:

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Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature

Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said he expects to be ready to brief state lawmakers early next year about the best deal Wyoming could get from the federal government if the state agrees to expand Medicaid coverage to thousands of low-income workers.

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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.: Must the Obamacare debate be stupid?

WASHINGTON — One of the best arguments for health-insurance reform is that our traditional employer-based system often locked people into jobs they wanted to leave but couldn’t because they feared they wouldn’t be able to get affordable coverage elsewhere.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Will U.S. health costs continue slowing?

WASHINGTON — Call it the $2.8 trillion enigma. That’s what Americans spent on health care in 2012. The good news is that health spending slowed unexpectedly for the fourth consecutive year. The enigma is that no one really knows why. Despite many theories, there’s no expert consensus.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Public bankruptcy reveals clash of generations

WASHINGTON — We are locked in a generational war, which will get worse before it gets better. Indeed, it may not get better for a long time. No one wants to admit this, because it's ugly and unwelcome. Parents are supposed to care for their children, and children are supposed to care for the…

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Guest opinion: Is Obamacare already a failure?

The torrent of criticism that has accompanied the opening of health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act — known as Obamacare — has continued unabated. Republicans say the problems with the program’s websites (and with some private insurance customers having their old policies c…

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Robert J. Samuelson: Fat cats vs. tax facts: Exaggerations of power

WASHINGTON – How often have you heard that we have the best government money can buy? Washington is overrun, it’s said, with fat-cat lobbyists whose lavish campaign contributions and insider connections manipulate the White House and Congress to serve big corporations and the rich. Meanwhile…

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: What's the matter with motherhood?

WASHINGTON — If you’re a conservative strongly opposed to abortion, shouldn’t you want to give all the help you can to women who want to bring their children into the world? In particular, wouldn’t you hope they’d get the proper medical attention during and after their pregnancy?

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Robert J. Samuelson: Liberals make Grandma their poster child

WASHINGTON — Two analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis have produced an important study that should (but probably won’t) alter the climate for Washington’s stalemated budget debate. The study demolishes the widespread notion that older Americans need exceptional protection agains…

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Robert J. Samuelson: Political fallout: Obamacare backfires on everyone

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) turns out to represent dreadful miscalculations by both the president and his Republican adversaries. Doubtlessly, Barack Obama imagined that achieving something close to “universal” health insurance would guarantee his legacy. It would make h…

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Robert J. Samuelson: The entitlement hang-up obscures real debate

WASHINGTON — Let’s drop the whole notion of “entitlement.” Just eliminate it. Politicians, pundits and academics who talk about entitlements would then have to name the actual programs and argue their merits and demerits. This would encourage clarity and candor. Of course, that’s why it won…

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Robert J. Samuelson: An exit strategy for dangerous Washington standoff

WASHINGTON — Here’s a way out. President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders meet at the White House. After the meeting, the president announces that the administration commits to negotiations with Congress over spending reductions that will explicitly in…

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Robert J. Samuelson: Why slow down now? The health spending mystery

WASHINGTON — In today’s contentious political climate, when hardly anyone agrees on anything, here’s a rare subject of consensus: Health spending is slowing, and almost everyone thinks that’s a good thing. Aside from relieving pressures on federal and state budgets, it could help reverse sta…

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Robert J. Samuelson: Schools vs. nursing homes: Government budgets tighten

WASHINGTON — The bankruptcy of Detroit is an extreme example, but it is not an isolated case. State and local governments face a prolonged squeeze between costly commitments to retirees and demands for better services. Think schools, police, libraries, parks, roads and prisons. As the Great…

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Guest opinion: IRS collection of health tax reinforces conservative credo

WASHINGTON — For a law whose admirable goal is to ensure better health care at lower cost for all Americans, the Affordable Care Act has come under remarkably varied and persistent attack.

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E.J. Dionne: Political history exposes Libertarianism's Achilles' heel

WASHINGTON — In politics, we often skip past the simple questions. This is why inquiries about the fundamentals can sometimes catch everyone short.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Is health care's cost slowdown for real?

”If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”

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