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December 11th

Why did it take a gang-rape allegation to make us care about U-Va. sex assault?

    The story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity may have fallen apart Friday.

    But it doesn't mean that everything at U-Va. is OK. It doesn't mean that rape doesn't happen. It doesn't mean that Virginia and other universities treat rape, sexual assault, non-consensual sex or whatever they want to call it as serious crimes that deserve serious criminal investigations and serious punishments.

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Über vs. Uber

    Herta Kriegner, a graphic artist from Austria, likes the German word "über." It conveys, she told me recently, both a European sensibility and a sense of going "above and beyond" for a customer. In fact, she likes the word so much that 15 years ago, when she started her own small New York design firm, that's the name she gave it: über.

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The Woes of Working Women

    Today, let's take a look at the Little Bill That Couldn't.

    Say hello to the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act. It's sort of shy, but if you look over there behind the ottoman, you may see it peeking out.

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Taxes still fund 'perpetual war footing,' at home and abroad

    Two disparate news items caught my eye recently that demonstrate how our government can act in ways that mystify and anger the taxpayers who support it with their hard-earned money.

    The first was the report from the new prime minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, that about 50,000 Iraqi men were on his broken military's payroll who weren't even in the army, but were drawing as much as $600 a month in salary.

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Deck the Malls

    It’s now been about a week after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.

    During the four-day spree, about 133.7 million shoppers spent about $50.9 billion, according to AP and TIME magazine. 

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A Multi-Billion Dollar Secret

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We Are Not Immune

    This thanksgiving season in our nation is a welcome pause from the sorrows of the world, although we dare not forget that much of the world has little to celebrate. While many of us revel in our plentiful sustenance and, despite the results of this last election, recognize how fortunate we are, much of the planet is again tied up in war. As for this nation, political division within is rife.

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The Eric Garner case's sickening outcome

    I can't breathe.

    Those were Eric Garner's last words, and today they apply to me. The decision by a Staten Island grand jury to not indict the police officer who killed him takes my breath away.

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Talking past each other on race

    The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves. But it is the same conversation we always have: not a dialogue but entirely separate discussions in which participants reinforce each other in the views they had going in.

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Marion Barry's mourners recall him fondly

    In the summers of their youth, they worked as a groundskeeper, a rec department counselor, a youth leadership organizer, a crossing guard, a nurse.

    Marion Barry gave them those jobs. That's what you'll hear most anytime you talk to native Washingtonians of a certain age: "Marion Barry gave me my first summer job."

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