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January 15th, 2015

Tamir Rice and the Value of Life

       An extended video released last week of the shooting death of Tamir Rice in Cleveland appears to show an unconscionable level of human depravity on the part of the officer who shot him, a stunning disregard for the value of his life and a callousness toward the people who loved him.

       His black life didn't seem to matter. But it does.

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Sorry, I am not 'Charlie'

    Je ne suis pas Charlie.

    I am not Charlie, although they have my sympathies and support.

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For the Love of Carbon

    It should come as no surprise that the very first move of the new Republican Senate is an attempt to push President Barack Obama into approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canadian tar sands. After all, debts must be paid, and the oil and gas industry - which gave 87 percent of its 2014 campaign contributions to the GOP - expects to be rewarded for its support.

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A Textbook Case of Willful Distortion

    HarperCollins says it’s sorry. It says it regrets not including Israel on a map of the Middle East in an atlas it published and distributed in the Middle East. It says all remaining copies of the atlas will be pulped.

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A new voice for sexual assault victims in uniform

    It took the Air Force to change -- to radicalize, really -- Maribel Jarzabek. Specifically, it took the Air Force lawyer serving in the newly created role of "special victims' counsel" to become convinced that sexual assault cases cannot be fairly handled under the existing rules.

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Your God and My Dignity

    I've been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I've deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label:

    A threat to your religious liberty.

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The Deano Chronicles, Continued

    Kissing the sun. Swilling merlot. Plotting revenge. Life is good for John Boehner.

    Lying in a hammock at his new condo in Marco Island, Florida, the speaker of the House is even closing in on his goal of getting darker than the oxblood leather wingback chair in his Capitol office.

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January 14th

Race, the Police and the Propaganda

    Welcome visitors to New York City! This has been the best time ever to urinate on a street, sneak onto the subway or run a red light, for the police force has been on a virtual strike.

    Police officers may be making a point for contract negotiations. But many also are genuinely frustrated and, along with millions of other Americans, seem sympathetic to an argument that goes like this:

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Arrest of inspirational editor Shen Hao marks end of an era for Chinese journalism

    He was an inspiration to a generation of Chinese journalists, a writer whose belief in the power of truth symbolized an era of optimism and idealism in the profession, an editor who helped direct a surge of investigative reporting meant to defend the helpless and hold the imperious to account.

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AFL-CIO is on sound political ground to push for wage increases

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