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August 6th, 2015

Why Obama freed his inner 'Kenyan'

    It must make the birthers' heads explode to hear President Barack Obama ridicule the ridiculous charge that he is a secret Kenyan. That's only one good reason for him to do it.

    "Birthers" are people who just can't -- or refuse to -- get it through their narrow minds that Obama was born as he and documentation says he was, a legal United States citizen. Yes, I'm thinking of you, Donald Trump.

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Blood from a Stone

    Like many other proud Greek-Americans, I’ve visited the country of my ancestors many times over the years. I even lived in Athens for two years while working for the U.S. government.

    I recently returned to Athens for a week to help the Greek government draft a new whistlebIower protection law. It was my first trip to the country in nine years — and suffice it to say, a lot’s changed.

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Big data can predict whether your new product will flop

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A Hidden Hand in Obesity

    If you looked at me, you might not be able to tell that I’m obese.

    According to the measure of my Body Mass Index (BMI), I am. Slightly.

    I don’t wear plus-sized clothing, I’ve only got one chin, and you wouldn’t mind sitting next to me on an airplane.

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Who's afraid of Uber and the shift it represents?

    There's a lot of worry around about the "gig economy," a fear that Uber-type jobs are "driving inequality" and could be bad for workers. Everywhere you look it seems that some columnist is fretting about what Uber means for the future of society, and its workforce. Not to mention those who are forced into such contingent jobs already.

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When a traffic stop isn't routine

    Early one December morning in East Baltimore in 2000, I saw a car drive by with its headlights off. For minor traffic violations, for honest mistakes - if the driver was sober, polite and carrying a valid license and registration - I would usually just issue a warning.

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Today’s Exhausted Superkids

    There are several passages in the new book “Overloaded and Underprepared” that fill me with sadness for American high school students, the most driven of whom are forever in search of a competitive edge. Some use stimulants like Adderall. Some cheat.

    But the part of the book that somehow got to me most was about sleep.

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Jim Crow lives on in America's prisons

    War is hell. Post-Civil War, Reconstruction was hellish.

    In a beauty contest, however, Reconstruction was in a dead heat with the Redemption for ugliness.

    The difference had to do with the losers in both. In the former it was Dixie. In the latter, it was people with black skin.

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Get Government out of Marriage Altogether

    When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal scholars have responded that yes, the arguments for gay marriage could apply to relationships among more than two partners, as well.

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For the Mideast, It’s Still 1979

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