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Date

July 23rd, 2015

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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A Luxury Vacation with No Modern Conveniences

    When you read this, I’ll probably be out in the wilderness on a 220-mile hike along the John Muir Trail. Embarking on this journey through California’s breathtaking Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks reminded me of a conversation I had in Mexico five years ago.

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Walker enters race as the quieter Trump

    On Monday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially became Republican presidential candidate No. 15.​

    First, he came out with a campaign video that was more amber waves of grain and fruited plains than about the candidate, but he made his point that he is a conservative who will "fight and win for the American people."

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The GOP Can Clear the Trump Dump

    You can count on Donald Trump to spark a conversation. Not necessarily an intelligent one but a conversation. His provocatively offensive anti-Mexican comments have energized a significant segment of the Republican right wing. Some polls now put Trump ahead of other contenders for the party's presidential nomination.

    Everyone says these insults hurled at the growing Latino electorate will harm Republicans. Everyone is correct.

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Release Greece from the trap of euro membership

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Jeb's Foot in Mitt Disease

    Jeb Bush ought to be running away with the Republican nomination. He isn't, and his persona as a national candidate looks increasingly -- how shall I put this? -- Romneyesque.

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Haste, Hustle and Scott Walker

    In the formal announcement of his presidential campaign on Monday, Scott Walker mentioned God right away, introduced himself as a preacher’s son and invoked religion repeatedly, as he has throughout a perpetual candidacy that stretches back to his college days, when he told the Marquette University yearbook: “I really think there’s a reason why God put all these political thoughts in my head.”

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