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April 23rd, 2015

Walter Scott Is Not on Trial

    I not only watched television pundits discuss the shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, last week, I participated in some of those discussions.

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It Takes A Party

    So Hillary Clinton is officially running, to nobody's surprise. And you know what's coming: endless attempts to psychoanalyze the candidate, endless attempts to read significance into what she says or doesn't say about President Barack Obama, endless thumb-sucking about her "positioning" on this or that issue.

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Can the GOP learn from California?

    Jim Brulte, California's Republican chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party's leaders and 2016 candidates: If they don't learn from what happened to the GOP here, they may doom themselves to repeating its decidedly unpleasant experience.

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April 16th

Probing Hillary's vulnerability

    As the 2016 Republican presidential aspirants assess the best way to confront Hillary Clinton as the Democratic frontrunner, a Republican-turned-Democrat, Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, thinks he's found her weak spot, and may take her on for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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What if we didn't have video?

    Once again, what a difference a video makes.

    As soon as I saw the cellphone video of the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by Officer Michael Slager of the North Charleston Police Department in South Carolina, I wondered how the apologists for police misconduct were going to spin this one.

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Extending Rights To Transgender People

    The White House now offers a gender-neutral restroom, for use by men, women and anyone whose gender is less than certain. If this news tempts you to giggle -- please refrain.

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Smart Girls vs. Bombs

    Last fall, President Barack Obama slapped back at critics by citing what he called a foreign-policy success: Yemen.

    Oops. Yemen is now collapsing into civil war, with gains, so far, for both al-Qaida and Iran.

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Grandmama Mia!

    When my brother Michael was a Senate page, he delivered mail to John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, who had offices across the hall from each other.

    He recalled that Kennedy never looked up or acknowledged his presence, but Nixon would greet him with a huge smile. "Hi, Mike," he'd say. "How are you doing? How's the family?"

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Best, Brightest - and Saddest?

    I had heard about all of the dying, about all of the grief, and still I didn't immediately understand what I was seeing when, at a railroad crossing here, I spotted a man in a blaring orange vest, the kind that road crews and public-safety workers wear. He wasn't carrying any equipment. He wasn't engaged in any obvious activity. He shuffled his feet, staring into the distance.

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'Women's issues' concern us all, and four men get that

    Equal pay. Child care. Paid family leave. An end to pervasive domestic violence and sexual assault on college campuses and in the military.

    You know who's going to make the breakthroughs on these issues happen? Men.

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