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Paper checks forever?

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The check has to be one of the strangest objects of the digital age — utterly obsolete, but somehow totally essential.

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Luxury buildings drive up housing costs, suck up energy, and help rich people warehouse wealth. In exchange, they should pay a lot more than property taxes.

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Few seem as determined as Haley to emerge unscathed from the wreckage of the Trump presidency.

JEFF JACOBY

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Relentless profanity is both a cause and an effect of the coarsening of American society.

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Forget red states and blue states. The way to understand politics today is red farms and blue cities.

Opinion | Richard North Patterson

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What set the former First Lady apart was how completely she epitomized, yet transcended, her role.

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Different modes of transportation cause friction.

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The costs of blocking financing for a new natural gas pipeline in New England — both financial and environmental — are already piling up.

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This study is one of the first to examine viruses’ environmental distribution.

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Gun safety activism is paying off on Beacon Hill.

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The problem is that, while the arithmetic works, the politics often doesn’t.

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The costs of blocking financing for a new natural gas pipeline in New England — both financial and environmental — are already piling up.

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Relentless profanity is both a cause and an effect of the coarsening of American society.

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Billionaire is a role model in shifting his support from GOP to Democrats

“Please, more courageous people with financial impact must stand up.”

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Ideas | David Scharfenberg

Paper checks forever?

The check has to be one of the strangest objects of the digital age — utterly obsolete, but somehow totally essential.

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Time to tax the ‘swanktuaries’

Luxury buildings drive up housing costs, suck up energy, and help rich people warehouse wealth. In exchange, they should pay a lot more than property taxes.

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