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April 16th, 2015

Remains From His Last Day

    Imagine him in the last week of his life, 150 years ago this month. Shuffling, clothes hanging loosely on the 6-foot-4-inch frame, that tinny voice, a face much older than someone of 56. "I am a tired man," he said. "Sometimes I think I am the tiredest man on earth."

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Rand Paul: Vive le difference

    In the continuing competition among 2016 Republican presidential aspirants, freshman Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is out front in his bid to be the party's Un-Romney.

    In his formal declaration of candidacy, Paul indicated he had no intention of re-defining himself the way Mitt Romney did in declaring himself in 2012 to be "severely conservative," in order to woo the party's doubting conservative base.

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Rand Paul and Ted Cruz secretly gave the same speech

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Misdemeanor becomes capital offense, again

    You thought, perhaps, that we were making this stuff up? That the whole "Black Lives Matter" thing was probably overblown? That the idea of African-American men having to fear routine encounters with the police was being exaggerated by self-serving activists?

    Let's go to the videotape.

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Is Death Ever Justified?

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Iran deal is about restraining a barbaric regime

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, writing about Iran in the New Jersey Jewish Standard on April 1, sought to alter perspectives on that country with some speculation about race. "Imagine if Ayatollah Ali [Khamenei] was threatening to murder all blacks in the Middle East," he wrote. "What if he tweeted regularly that people of dark skin are of the devil and must be annihilated. Would the American government be negotiating with him?"

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A Call for Fair Pay for College Athletes

    Some people foolishly believe the purpose of a college education is to further one’s education. To explore new cultures and views. Perhaps to help make a difference in the world.

    They, of course, are wrong.

    The purpose of going to college is to party, make contacts, and get a job.

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Will the GOP rethink its 'morals' high ground?

    Indianapolis may go down in history as the Gettysburg of the culture wars, the place where forces flying the flags of modernism, diversity and individual rights outflanked the would-be upholders of traditional values, forced them into a tactical retreat - and maybe even set them on the road to long-term defeat.

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Where Government Excels

    As Republican presidential hopefuls trot out their policy agendas - which always involve cutting taxes on the rich while slashing benefits for the poor and middle class - some real new thinking is happening on the other side of the aisle. Suddenly, it seems, many Democrats have decided to break with Beltway orthodoxy, which always calls for cuts in "entitlements." Instead, they're proposing that Social Security benefits actually be expanded.

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The unpolarized Moynihan

    The problem with most discussions of political polarization is that they reach quickly for technical causes and solutions. Our politics are polarized, we are told, because of gerrymandered districts, the rise of opinionated media sources and party primaries closed off to independents or voters in the other party.

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