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February 26th, 2015

It's hard to remain a reporter sitting in the anchor's chair

    There no doubt has been some unsympathetic chuckling from purveyors of print journalism -- the underpaid and unrecognized foot soldiers of the reporting trade -- at the fall from grace of Brian Williams, the "NBC Nightly News" anchorman. He has been suspended from the astronomically lucrative job of, as some would describe it, reading the news off a teleprompter.

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Honoring Our Presidents

    The headline that caught my attention on Presidents Day could not have been starker, colder: "Intense Republican Hate Is Skewing Obama Polls."

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GOP's new goal: A less-white party

    Republicans are starting to show some color again. The midterm election that swept Republicans into control of both houses of Congress also brought in the party's largest group of black lawmakers since Reconstruction: three.

    Hey, it's a start.

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Goosey as Ever

    Ready or not, the race is on — for president, I mean.

    Yes, Election Day is still nearly two years away, but the candidates are already on the loose. And they’re as goosey as ever.

    So far, the goosiest has been Mitt Romney.

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Forget the Stereotypes

    When an angry neighbor murdered three Muslim students in North Carolina, my Facebook feed lit up.

    Tragic, I thought, and I scrolled on.

    Then another post caught my eye. A Muslim friend cried out that the triple murder was a hate crime — and fumed that the news was reporting it as a “parking dispute.”

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A Gun on Every Corner

    Earlier this month - right between Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day - Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced a bill that would allow people from states with lax gun laws to carry their concealed weapons all around the country.

    The goal, Cornyn said in a news release, is to treat local gun permits "like drivers' licenses."

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Denmark's tragedy wasn't caused by liberalism

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Democracy Is in Recession

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College, Poetry and Purpose

    Over four decades at two universities, Anne Hall has taught thousands of students, enough to know that they come to college for a variety of reasons, with a variety of attitudes. Many are concerned only with jobs. Some are concerned chiefly with beer.

    All would like A's. And too many get them, she said, even from her, because a professor standing up to grade inflation is in a lonely place.

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Boehner's classroom run amok

    The House of Representatives seems to be trying mightily to make itself irrelevant, with Speaker John Boehner leading the effort. I can't help but think of the old proverb: "The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on."

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