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Hard lessons from the ACA roll-out

In Commentary

1:02 am on Mon, 11.25.13

The Affordable Care Act's woes could not be worse or more undermining of the law’s long-term acceptance had the GOP been responsible for introducing the president’s signature health policy reform.

Designed for deadlock: structural issues at heart of shutdown

In Commentary

6:30 am on Wed, 10.23.13

Structural problems, include the debt ceiling, which is a creation of Congress and thus can be altered or eliminated by Congress; gerrymandering and rising entitlement spending, which increases the split between those who see the government's role as protecting the have-nots and those who want debt reduction without higher taxes.

The fiscal cliff lies just ahead

In Commentary

12:03 am on Mon, 11.05.12

At the end of 2012, unless the president and Congress act to stop it, the provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2011 will end the 2011 payroll tax cuts as well as certain business tax breaks and the 2001-03 tax cuts. Also, spending cuts that were part of the 2011 debt ceiling deal will also begin. We should worry.

World views clash in campaign

In Commentary

12:57 am on Mon, 10.08.12

As befits a man who made his fortune as a venture capitalist, Mitt Romney is a staunch individualist. Obama’s speeches indicate that he is a communitarian, which is not to be confused with socialism. Thus, this election is at its base, about the role of government.

When political campaigns become defined by missteps

In Commentary

11:43 am on Wed, 08.22.12

It is still too early to tell whether Todd Akin has earned the highest honor among political gaffes: the Big Kahuna Gaffe, or the single cataclysmic moment in a politician’s career when what he/she says jeopardizes a whole political career.

More than money: well being can't be measured by just income

In Commentary

7:54 am on Thu, 07.26.12

“Beyond household income of $75,000 a year, money ‘does nothing for happiness, enjoyment, sadness or stress’.” Research says individuals with higher incomes seem unable to appreciate the small things in life. However, those little things contribute to one’s overall sense of well being.

Mantra redux, It's the Economy, Stupid

In Commentary

6:40 am on Mon, 06.11.12

The situation in 1992 was not too different from the one we are in now. George H.W. Bush, was running for re-election during a downturn in the economy. Clinton won tby convincing the voters he could do a better job managing the economy. This is the task Mitt Romney faces.

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Conference of American nuns will mull response to Vatican charges

In Nation

7:55 am on Fri, 08.03.12

Meeting in St. Louis next week, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will have its first opportunity as an assembled group to consider what to do after the Vatican issued a mandate for change this spring. It calls on the conference to reorganize and more strictly observe church teachings.

The 'free' Zoo

In Commentary

7:51 am on Tue, 05.22.12

When a family of four goes to the St. Louis Zoo, they can be forgiven for not knowing it will cost them $60, $72 if they park. If they can't pay, the alternative is to tell the kids they can't do what kids do at the zoo.

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House sends Boeing incentive bill to Nixon

In Economy

12:55 pm on Fri, 12.06.13

The Missouri House easily passed legislation aimed at attracting production of the 777x, a move that wraps up a legislative special session that saw little suspense and few surprises. The bill now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon, who has strongly supported the legislation.

Gandhi inspired Mandela on South Africa's 'Long Road to Freedom'

In World

10:10 am on Fri, 12.06.13

Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, was a towering moral figure of the 20th century -- along with Mahatma Gandhi. It was no coincidence that Gandhi and Mandela, whose paths never crossed directly, both embarked on their campaigns against discrimination in South Africa. It was when Mandela won election as South Africa’s first black president that Gandhi's influence became apparent.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

Encore: Dead before death

In Performing Arts

12:58 am on Fri, 12.06.13

For years , the author was certain he would never come to appreciate The Grateful Dead, let alone be a Deadhead. But little by little, he's come around. He talks about his conversion and relates a real evolution: by a musician who went on to play with the Schwag, a Dead cover band.

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Schlichter honored with St. Louis Award

In Region

4:57 pm on Tue, 12.03.13

The attorney has founded Arch Grants, which brings together nonprofit philanthropy and commercially viable opportunitiesto fund new business startups, and Mentor St. Louis, which finds adult mentors for elementary students in the St. Louis Public School System. He was the driving force behind the state's historic tax credit program.

BioGenerator sets open house to celebrate new digs for entrepreneurs-in-residence

In InnovationSTL

12:29 pm on Tue, 11.12.13

BioSTL's BioGenerator organization is on the move as its entrepreneurs-in-residence find a new home in 4,300 square feet of office and conference space in an old automobile factory. The blossoming program, which helps BioGenerator's portfolio companies to get off the ground, continues to pay dividends within the growing biotech community.

Ambassadors aim to soften rough landing for St. Louis immigrants

In InnovationSTL

6:34 am on Fri, 11.08.13

The St. Louis Mosaic Project is set to hold an orientation for its new ambassadors -- dozens of foreign and native-born volunteers who aim to help make the community a more welcoming place for those from other nations. Participants will be expected to do everything from visiting local restaurants serving international cuisine to having dinner with an immigrant to the area.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

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