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Insurance and Freedom – NYTimes.com

President Obama will soon release a new budget, and the commentary is already flowing fast and furious. Progressives are angry (with good reason) over proposed cuts to Social Security; conservatives are denouncing the call for more revenues. But it’s all Kabuki. Since House Republicans will block anything Mr. Obama proposes, …

Vietnam Communists face ban on ‘lavish’ weddings | GlobalPost

Vietnam’s Communist Party has banned members from throwing fancy weddings. Vietnam’s Communist Party has banned its members from throwing “lavish” weddings, Agence France-Presse reported. The move comes as the authoritarian party is struggling to cool public outrage over a poor economy. A government directive now limits the number of guests each …