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  1. OTHER VIEWS: New password: It's 'sur**nder'

    Wednesday, Apr 16 2014 11:02 PM

    Have you changed your passwords since the security flaw known as Heartbleed emerged? Have you made sure they're all long, alphanumeric and randomized? Did you use a unique one for every site -- every bank account, every e- mail address, every music-streaming service, every social media profile and so on? Congratulations! Your information still isn't safe. That's because passwords, by themselves, can't make it safe.

    Every company is vulnerable to digital intrusions. By one estimate, 97 percent of Fortune 500 companies have been hacked. And stolen passwords, according to a report last year from Verizon Communications Inc., are usually the way in. True, people tend to use dopey passwords (the most popular password of 2013 was "123456"). But...

  2. OTHER VIEWS: Two realities of contentious cable merger

    In the hot debate over the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, there are two competing versions of reality. In one, increasingly massive communications firms gobble up ever-larger shares of various, increasingly interrelated...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: Hey, Congress: Extend jobless benefits again

    How's this for irony: Having allowed federal unemployment benefits to run out in December, some lawmakers are balking at a bill to renew them retroactively because it might be hard to figure out who should receive them. Congress made this...

  4. OTHER VIEWS: Our markets need to stay open and fair

    In "The Financier," his great novel of American capitalism, Theodore Dreiser describes the thinking of his hero, Frank Cowperwood, who exploited banks, the state and investors. It isn't wise to steal outright, Cowperwood concludes; that...

  5. EVAN SOLTAS: Explaining the gender pay gap

    President Barack Obama commemorated Equal Pay Day this week by saying that women are paid less than men, only to undercut his argument with a lousy comparison. The larger problem isn't that women are paid less than men for the same work;...

  6. GRAY BRECHIN: FDR's New Deal lives today

    Imagine what the U.S. might be like had President Franklin D. Roosevelt not launched his New Deal in 1933, and you might get something like the 19th century. Not the Hollywood version, mind you, but a nation of often-impassable country...

  7. ESTHER CEPEDA: Getting strung along on immigration reform

    The week's award for truer words were never spoken goes to David Martin, who served as deputy general counsel at the Department of Homeland Security in the first two years of the Obama administration. Martin made a blunt observation to a...

  8. TRUDY RUBIN: Why recent elections in Afghanistan matter

    When Afghans went to the polls last week to elect a new president, Afghan social media enthusiasts sent out some incredible photos of women voters. The long, snaking lines of women in burkas, holding up sheets of plastic for protection...

  9. OTHER VIEWS: Why? Another violent attack on a quiet campus

    In the midst of shock and sorrow, there is bewilderment. The mass attack Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa. -- with 19 students and a security guard stabbed or slashed, including at least one critically...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: To curb waste, ease rules on healthy stuff

    No one should have expected that putting more vegetables in front of elementary school students would instantly turn them into an army of broccoli fans. Plenty of food has been thrown out since new federal rules took effect in 2011...

  11. DANA MILBANK: Kiss these votes goodbye

    This was not the way Republican leaders had planned to observe Equal Pay Day. On the eve of Tuesday's commemoration -- the day symbolizing how far into 2014 women must work to catch up to the wages men earned in 2013 -- a small newspaper...

  12. OTHER VIEWS: The human and political costs of deportation

    In the fiscal year that ended in October, U.S. authorities deported almost 370,000 immigrants, continuing a record-setting pace begun late in the Bush administration and sustained by the Obama administration. Obama has defended this policy...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: Obamacare should cut off drug coupons

    Even for people who have health insurance, brand-name prescription drugs can be expensive. If the companies that sell those drugs want to give some patients a little help covering the cost, well, what could be the harm in that? A lot, it...

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