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The Next Page: 15 big news stories you missed

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Beltway Confidential,Mark Tapscott,Analysis

Here's the best news about the Internet for news junkies — there are so many news outlets just a mouse click away but who's got time to read them all? Here's the worst news — nobody, that's who!

So in the Washington Examiner's never-ending obsession with helping readers make sense of it all, herewith is the first installment of what is hoped to be a staple of everybody's Saturday morning surfing: Fifteen significant news stories — three for each day of the workweek just past — that probably got lost in the shuffle:

Monday

Remember the Great Housing Bust of 2007? RealClearMarkets' Jeffrey Dorfman says one of the key factors that caused the collapse is still with us.

Never heard of the "Earnings Tax"? Detroit and other major cities with the biggest population exodus to the suburbs all have it, according to Forbes contributor Rex Sinquefield. Cities with growing economies don't.

Will you go to India next time surgery is required? The New York Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal says growing numbers of Americans now say yes.

Tuesday

Cheapest city in America to have a baby and raise it in its first year? Oklahoma City? Lincoln, Neb., maybe? Think again - Jacques Couret of the Atlanta Business Chronicle says it's Hot-lanta!

Was Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" a critique of FDR and the New Deal? Yes, apparently so, according to Christine Woodside, writing on Boston.com.

Japanese defense planners assume war with China is inevitable. The Aviationist's David Cenciotti has the animated version of how they believe the Rising Sun will win.

Wednesday

Does the decline of the traditional family lead to economic decline indicators like growing income inequality and persistent unemployment? Economist Nick Schulz says yes. Michael Hendrix explains in Mere Orthodoxy.

Never heard of "peer-to-peer" banks? They aren't covered by Dodd-Frank and that's why, according to Forbes' Bill Frezza, they just may be the wave of the financial future.

Did you know most of the online dating sites refuse to match Democrats with Republicans? Alan Greenblatt explains why at NPR.

Thursday

The fracking-led U.S. energy revolution is generating internal pressures in Russia that may someday undermine President Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule. Washington Free Beacon's Daniel Wiser explains why.

Mexico can't possibly teach the U.S. anything on welfare reform? Actually, it can, according to Jacob Goldstein in the New York Times.

Bill Glauber of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel would like you to meet the Tea Party senator who opposes the Tea Party senators' movement to defund Obamacare.

Friday

Want to live in a state where welfare pays more than work? Check out the think tank that did the numbers and can tell you where to go.

Never read Dostoevsky? Don't know Raskalnikov? Michael Ellis and Scott Glabe at RealClearPolitics explain why Edward Snowden should have read the Russian novelist long ago and taken the hint from his main character.

Got any "young invincibles" in your family? Investor's Business Daily will help you answer that question.

That's it for this weekend. Be back here same time, same place next Saturday.

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