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April 2nd, 2015

Talk Climate to Me

    Guffaws punctuated a Florida legislative hearing the other day.

    Lawmakers and onlookers chuckled as Florida Division of Emergency chief Bryan Koon tied his tongue in knots to avoid saying “climate change” while talking about — well, climate change.

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Specialized license tags come before the Supreme Court

    The right to free speech means nothing if not the right to express ideas that other people might find offensive. Protecting the exercise of that right is essential to democratic government, as the world was reminded, horrifically, by the mass murder of Muhammad-mocking cartoonists at France's Charlie Hebdo magazine in January.

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Shilling for the Biggest Trade Flim-Flam in History

    All right boys and girls, gather ’round and I’ll tell you the story of the “Investor State Dispute Resolution” clause.

    Wait, children. Where are you going?

    OK, the wonkish gibberish the powers that be use to write those corporate boondoggles they call “trade deals” is tooth-achingly-boring and incomprehensible.

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Senators, Do Your Job

Let's get a few things straight about the delay in confirming Loretta Lynch as attorney general. It's outrageous. It also has nothing to do with her race or gender.

    Contriving prejudice where none exists demeans the importance of fighting discrimination. And it demeans those who drop such ugly hints.

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Saving Tax Dollars by Treading More Lightly

    I can’t easily reduce my own footprint on the planet in some of the ways that I’d like. Sure, I can walk and take the bus instead of driving some of the time, and I can turn off the lights when I leave a room.

    What about the big stuff?

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Journalists Must Rediscover Skepticism

    Some years ago, I had an interview with a homicide detective that got delayed. I used his office phone to postpone a tennis match.

    "Tennis, huh?" he said after I'd hung up. "I wondered."

    "Wondered what?"

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Health coverage in 6 places named Denver

    Ninety-four percent of the residents of Denver, Colo., have health coverage. By contrast, if state averages apply, only 76 percent of those in Denver City, Texas, do.

    Do you live in Denver, Fla., east of Gainesville? Based on the state average, you have a one-in-five chance of having no health coverage. Good luck to you.

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Feeling that post-Monica remorse

    A surprising contriteness has taken hold of Bill Maher and David Letterman about one of their favorite high-value targets: Monica Lewinsky.

    After reading Lewinsky's first-person essay in last June's issue of Vanity Fair, Maher said on his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" that, "I was moved by it. I gotta tell you, I literally felt guilty."

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Empowering small campaign donors

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Critics say 'disease mongering' has created a multibillion-dollar hormone industry

    Are you tired? Do you have low energy? Have you put on some weight recently?

    Despite the advances of modern medicine, there is no magic pill or fountain of youth to combat aging, poor food choices or bad exercise habits.

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