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Date

May 28th, 2015

Progressive frenemies

    You probably think there is a big struggle over the Democratic Party's soul and the meaning of progressivism. After all, that's what the media talk about incessantly, often with a lot of help from the parties involved in the rumble.

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Tubman Versus Jackson

    Let's discuss putting a picture of a woman on the $20 bill. But, first: How many of you remember Ivy Baker Priest?

    OK, nobody. Good thing I'm hard to discourage. But stick with me for a minute, and then we'll talk about Harriet Tubman versus Andrew Jackson.

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The Sound And The Fury Of 'Deflategate'

    The bombast and grandiosity of NFL football have always put me off. Fans too often treat ballgames as if they were wars between rival tribes or nation states; symbolic struggles between good and evil. As somebody who watches probably 150 major league baseball games a year, I find the hype alternately exhausting and ridiculous.

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The Power of Hope Is Real

    An awkward truth for bleeding hearts like myself is that there has never been much rigorous evidence that outside aid can sustainably lift people out of poverty.

    Sure, evidence is overwhelming that aid can overcome disease, boost literacy and save lives. But raising incomes is trickier - and the evidence in that arena has been squishier.

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The Latest Victim in the War on Whistleblowers

    Jeffrey Sterling recently stood before a judge as his sentence was read. The former CIA officer, the judge declared, would spend 42 months — that’s three and half years — behind bars. The feds had convicted Sterling on nine felony charges, including seven counts of espionage.

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The High Cost of Low Taxes

    Earlier this month, I arrived in San Diego following five days of driving across the country from Wisconsin. I pulled into my friend’s driveway, brought my things inside, and went back to my car to park it on the street.

    Almost immediately, a cop’s siren and flashing lights went off. I’d left my license in my friend’s apartment, so I was in trouble no matter what.

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The Graduates

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Policing went wrong when nobody was looking

    On Monday President Barack Obama announced new rules for the distribution of surplus military hardware to local police forces and unveiled a report on 21st- century policing. The new procedures and recommendations rightly acknowledge failings in the U.S. criminal-justice system, and they're a step in the right direction. Obama deserves credit.

    Just don't expect much to change.

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Police brutality can't be fixed by African-American self-improvement

    Maybe some people didn't understand the question.

    It was posed in this space a few weeks ago by Tracy, a self-described 55-year-old white woman from Texas who is sick and tired of the mounting litany of police violence against unarmed African-American boys and men. She wanted to know what actions she, as an average person, might take to help bring about change. "What can I do?" she asked.

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Of Course Jeb Bush Would Have Invaded Iraq

    Jeb Bush must have set some kind of record for political flip-flopping this month.

    “Knowing what we know now,” he was asked — that Saddam Hussein didn’t have any weapons of mass destruction, for example — “would you have authorized the invasion” of Iraq?

    “I would’ve,” he said.

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