COMMENTARY: Winners and Losers in the Fiscal-Cliff Deal
Senate Democrats and Republicans reached a deal to undo the majority of the so-called "fiscal cliff" by extending most of the Bush tax cuts while levying Clinton-era rates on households with more than $450,000 in income.
OPINION: Slate: Vow to do less, not more
It's that season again, when we resolve to accomplish a list of goals in the coming year. Not infrequently, these are the goals that we were resolved to accomplish during the preceding year.
COLUMN: Children need to know worth, value
Today I find myself crying in my office at 7:30 am. I just read a letter from John, a six year old best friend of Jack Pinto, one of the children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary. What touched me the most was the picture attached. It was of Jack and John walking together an arm around the other’s shoulder as first grade friends often do. The letter said in big uneven letters that Jack was his best friend, John misses him and he will talk to him in his prayers. So simple and innocent…
COMMENTARY: Why I taught my 13-year-old daughter to shoot
A few years ago, I taught my 13-year-old daughter to shoot. She had asked to learn, so we took my brother's single-shot .22 rifle out in the woods, set a beer can against a stump and began plinking away.
COMMENTARY: To cut health care costs, pay doctors less
As Democrats and Republicans argue about how to spread the pain of health-care spending cuts, one group has been curiously excluded from the discussion: doctors. There's good reason to change that.
COMMENTARY: Raising federal revenue the Libertarian way
Reality-check time. By returning the same political alignment to Washington in the last election, the American people in effect decided that solving the country's budget problems will involve increasing revenue.
COMMENTARY: We waited years before having kids. Big mistake?
I'm wishing we had started popping out kids, oh, say, five years earlier than we did, so that maybe, by 40, my bedroom and my sons' bedroom wouldn't be separated by a fake wall.
COMMENTARY: In times of tight budgets, questions arise over what the Pentagon's Tricare Health-Care Program should cover
Who should pay for costly special treatment for autistic children in families of active and retired military service personnel?
COMMENTARY: Slate - The dark dangers of tunnel vision
The best magazine piece I've read this year is by Pamela Colloff, in Texas Monthly, about the murder conviction of Michael Morton and the 25 years he spent in a Texas prison as prosecutors insisted he'd killed his wife, despite the mounting proof that he hadn't.
COMMENTARY: Obama's sanctimony proves who the real Scrooge is
As right as Dickens. That's what President Barack Obama suggested about his tax plan when he recently used "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens to frame his case for rate increases.
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