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INDEPENDENCE: America's fight inspired many

The Fourth of July is a day for fun, fellowship, sunshine, hot dogs and fireworks. Families and friends gather in backyards and around area lakes from early in the day to late in the evening to celebrate our summer holiday.

But like so many other national holidays, often the reason for the celebration can be lost in the festivities. And so it is up to each and every one of us to remember exactly why the fourth day in July is such a special day in our history.

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DOLLAR'S DEMISE: As debt grows, U.S. power wanes

For decades, the United States has benefitted from the dollar's status as the world's main reserve currency. The dollar is the currency used in setting prices in international commodity markets and is the one most commonly held in foreign exchange reserves by other nations and large companies. It has represented the country's economic power and bestowed faith in the U.S. economy.

Could it be, though, that all that is beginning to wane?

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‘UP’ MATH: We've got next year's science project covered

Here is an idea to save away for the next school year, when your favorite student has the maddening task of coming up with a science project and, naturally, turns to mom and dad for a little guidance (and usually a lot of help). If it works, you can thank the good folks at Wired magazine. If it doesn't, well, you can blame them, too.

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KING OF POP: Nobody did it better

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Say what you will about Michael Jackson – and love him or hate him, there will be much conversation over the next few days — he was an American icon and one of the most brilliant talents of our times.

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WRONG PATH: Czar-crazy President is over-stepping

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President Obama has gone a little crazy — Czar crazy, that is. The U.S. has so many "czars" now even the Soviets would be impressed. We've got Drug Czars and  Internet Czars and Iran Czars and on and on and on. It is the popular title around D.C. these days.

But the latest Czar appointed by the President might need watching, because if early reports are true, President Obama is trying to take the U.S. to a place we probably don't want to go.

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