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July 23rd, 2015

When The Media Plays By 'Clinton Rules'

    Having coined the phrase "Clinton Rules" to explain the national news media's obsession with phony scandal narratives involving Bill and Hillary Clinton, I should be gratified to see it pass into general circulation.

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Summer of Sanders -- and Trump

    What are we to make of the two biggest political pseudo-surprises of this mid-summer: the spectacular crowds drawn by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

    I say pseudo-surprises because, in some ways, we should have expected both men to do well in polls. Trump has higher name recognition than any of the other 15-and-counting major Republican contenders, except perhaps the Grand Old Party's current frontrunner in the polls, Jeb Bush.

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Smashing the Austerity Idols

    I’d like to apologize to the people of Greece.

    I’ve been pretty hard on them over the years. I’ve made fun of their freewheeling spendthrift habits, their unwillingness to pay their taxes, and their early retirement ethos.

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Republicans must disinfect political process by disowning Trump

    What do you do with a problem like The Donald? Probably not since the U.S. Senate in 1954 censured the odious Joseph McCarthy for his reckless witch hunt for communists in the Eisenhower administration has such a bull in a china shop rummaged through American politics.

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Poor-Shaming 2.0

    Being poor means a life of sacrifices, frustrations, and constant struggle. So what is it about Republican officeholders that causes them to go out of their way to make life even harder for low-income people?

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Lindsey Graham -- refreshingly unfiltered

    Ask Sen. Lindsey Graham his greatest political accomplishment, and the South Carolina Republican does not point to any individual piece of legislation. Rather, he says, it is that "I have not become job scared. I have not been so enamored with the job that I'm scared to lose it."

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Lighting a Legal Fuse

    Climate action is finally gaining ground in Washington. No, not that Washington.

    Following their victory in a Seattle court, eight children are pressing Washington State’s Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon pollution. The agency has until August 7 to reach an agreement with the youths, who sued after the department rejected their petition. Otherwise, the kids will go back to court.

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Greece's imaginary numbers will destroy any deal

    Mathematicians use "imaginary numbers" for abstract concepts such as the square root of -1 (which, since you asked, has two answers: i and -i). The European Union seems to be using a similar trick in constructing a bailout for Greece. Unfortunately, the magic that works for arithmetic seems likely to doom the rescue efforts in Europe. Here's a selection of the numbers that could add up to disaster for Greece.

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Dalai Lama Gets Mischievous

    The Dalai Lama, who may be the only octogenarian spiritual leader with a profoundly mischievous streak, has a suggestion for China’s Communist leaders: Take up reincarnation.

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Correcting Unfair Sentencing Laws

    In becoming the first president ever to visit a prison with his trip to the medium-security El Reno Federal Correctional Institution near Oklahoma City, President Barack Obama has signaled that he’s serious about pushing prison reform before he leaves office.

    Together with his recent move to commute the sentences for 46 drug offenders, Obama is doing more than his predecessors. But it’s not good enough.

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