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July 16th, 2015

A ‘Lost Boy’ Battles AK-47s With Education

            If there’s a world center of despair, it may be South Sudan, enveloped in an increasingly brutal war in which children are raped and then burned alive. But against that grim backdrop, one local man has undertaken a journey that is an affirmation of hope, inspiration and the transformative power of education.

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What BP Taught Takata

            On Thursday, the office of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., released a letter from Kevin M. Kennedy, an executive vice president at Takata, the company whose defective air bags have killed at least eight people and wounded more than 100.

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The Laziness Dogma

            Americans work longer hours than their counterparts in just about every other wealthy country; we are known, among those who study such things, as the “no-vacation nation.” According to a 2009 study, full-time U.S. workers put in almost 30 percent more hours over the course of a year than their German counterparts, largely because they had only half as many weeks of paid leave. Not surprisingly, work-life balance is a big problem for many people.

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Sanders Is a Fighter, But Not in the Fray

            Back in the 1960s, Bernie Sanders burned hot as a civil rights activist. He led sit-ins against segregation and participated in the 1963 March on Washington. A few years later, he joined the exodus of countercultural lefties from the cauldron of New York City to the bucolic hills of Vermont -- the whitest state in the nation.

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How to remember all the people running for president in 2016

            Today, we are all Rick Perry.

            At least insofar as we are being confronted with a list that has too many items in it for us to remember with ease or convenience. The list of candidates for president in 2016.

            But never fear! I have come up with a couple of mnemonic devices that may or may not be helpful.

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Hillary: Campaigning in cellophane?

            Despite all the efforts to demonstrate Hillary Clinton is not taking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination for granted and is working hard for it, her campaign still exudes an air of entitlement and coronation.

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Eugene McCarthy 2.0?

            Is Bernie Sanders the political reincarnation of Eugene McCarthy? I doubt it, but let's hope he makes the Democratic presidential race interesting.

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Bringing down a twisted fantasy

            For most of my life, a flag representing white supremacist violence against black people flew at the capitol of my native state. It is a very big deal that this emblem of hatred and oppression is finally coming down.

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Witnesses to a stabbing didn't confront killer, but would you?

            What should they have done? What would you have done?

            There's a young man being brutally slaughtered - punched, stabbed 30 or 40 times, stomped and repeatedly kicked in the head - in a subway car, in the middle of a holiday afternoon, in the nation's capital, in front of almost a dozen witnesses.

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Will Washington blow up again?

            When it comes to politics, attention is now being lavished on the 2016 presidential campaign. When it comes to economics, the bright lights are on the Greek crisis. The nation's capital seems almost sleepy, a relief from the bitterness of manufactured showdowns and an actual shutdown.

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