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Feb. 21, 2011 buzz: Changing views of American prosperity, labor, international influence

February 21, 2011 |  1:08 pm

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Susan Jacoby pokes holes in her (frightening) Op-Ed about The nest-egg myth. "This image of prosperous geezers and crones is just not accurate. The notion of an aging population well prepared to take care of itself -- not only in its relatively healthy 60s and 70s, classified by sociologists as the 'young old,' but throughout the 'old old' 80s and 90s -- is a delusion that threatens to undo 75 years of social progress that began when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935."

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On the occasion of protests in Wisconsin, Tim Rutten's column, A tipping point for labor in America, sparked a lively debate, though one commenter -- clearly not a regular reader -- asked if Rutten didn't get it because he was a "selfish old rich person." Not quite the reaction Rutten usually gets…

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Patt Morrison's post suggesting that we donate money to Planned Parenthood in the names of Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.)  seems to have morphed into a full-fledged campaign on Facebook.

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Andrew J. Bacevich's Op-Ed, They're doing it without us,  added to the robust conversation about the Middle East taking place on Twitter. His take: "Rendering a decade of U.S. policy irrelevant, the people of the Middle East are transforming the region themselves."

--Alexandra Le Tellier

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