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  • US Mint to issue $1 Grant coin. Meh. His spouse's coin? Wow!

    US Mint to issue $1 Grant coin. Meh. His spouse's coin? Wow!

    US Mint's series of $1 presidential coins have lost value with the dollar's slide. But the US Mint's presidential spouse coins, made of gold, have doubled in value.

  • Budget battle: Four points of advice from Ike

    Opinion Budget battle: Four points of advice from Ike

    We can only begin to imagine the depth of the political fissures once Congress seriously addresses our budget challenges as opposed to punting tough compromises down the road with last-minute, stop-gap spending bills. Just consider the intensity of the heat generated today over the Republicans’ continued resolve to cut “only” $100 billion from President Obama’s proposed budget for this year, which still would leave a massive deficit in excess of $1.4 trillion. Ultimately, Americans must consider a painful, indelicate balance of much larger spending cuts along with tax increases, coupled with the need for crucial investments in our nation’s future. In confronting these agonizing political choices, both parties, and the electorate, would benefit from advice from “Ike.” Such advice can be found in President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s memorable (though little remembered) radio and television address on taxes in 1954. The address was delivered on March 15, which was Tax Day back then. Its value lies not in its details but in what he said about the government’s role domestically, about sound budgeting, and about being a “good American.” These words, from a Republican, challenged listeners then regardless of party, as they will challenge listeners today. Mount Holyoke College tax-policy scholar John O. Fox gives us Ike's four critical pieces of advice.

  • Reblooming lilacs: The hype and the reality

    Diggin' It Reblooming lilacs: The hype and the reality

    Josee and Bloomerang lilacs are sold as rebloomers, which will flower in late summer and fall as well as in spring. How do they really perform in the Midwest?

  • Eight low-tech ways to revive broken gadgets

    Eight low-tech ways to revive broken gadgets

    Mouthwash. Rice. A handful of quarters. What do these household items have in common? They constitute the perfect emergency-repair kit for gadgets. When device disasters strike and warranties turn their backs on you, it's time to get in touch with your inner MacGyver. So, here are eight low-tech solutions to high-tech disasters.

  • Opinion Muslim Americans: What would Jesus (or George Washington) do?

    Muslims, in the minds of many Christians, have become America's great spiritual enemy. But attitudes can change. Americans once regularly burned the effigy of the pope.

  • Senate's annual reading of Washington farewell address: wisdom for ages

    Decoder Buzz Senate's annual reading of Washington farewell address: wisdom for ages

    Today the Senate continues the tradition of reading President George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address to the People of the United States. That’s the letter in which the most Founding Father of all announced that he had had it and was not going to be president for a third term, no how, now way.

  • Opinion Battle over health-care reform: vital lessons from America's founding fathers

    Despite the ongoing attempts of House Republicans to kill President Obama's health-care reform law, the history of America's intense debate over ratifying the Constitution should make us optimistic about the law being accepted, improved, and implemented.

  • To celebrate Washington's birthday: 5 best books about George Washington

    To celebrate Washington's birthday: 5 best books about George Washington

    If you're an American, you know that George Washington was "the Father of Our Country." But how many of us really know what that means? As we celebrate his 279th birthday, here are five outstanding books that help to bring George Washington and his accomplishments to light.

  • Why India's PM Singh pledging sharper attack on corruption

    Why India's PM Singh pledging sharper attack on corruption

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been under political pressure to address corruption more directly. New data indicate that corruption concerns are affecting both foreign and domestic investment decisions.

  • The Donald and Sarah Palin hair: a CPAC carnival of conservatism

    The Vote The Donald and Sarah Palin hair: a CPAC carnival of conservatism

    Day 1 of the Conservative Political Action Conference – or CPAC – included Donald Trump touting himself, Michele Bachmann slamming 'Obamacare,' and Rand Paul talking about massive budget cuts. In other words, a classic CPAC day.