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September 24th, 2015

Bernie Sanders and the Black Vote

    Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke Saturday to a half-empty gymnasium at Benedict College in South Carolina. The school is historically black, but the crowd appeared to be largely white.

    This underscores the severe challenge facing the Sanders campaign: African-American voters have yet to fully connect to the man and the message.

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How to Measure a College’s Value

    We know all too well which colleges are the hardest to get into. The news media swoons over and trumpets this information, which is advertised as well by the most selective schools themselves.

    We know which colleges supposedly produce the highest earners, because there are lists and rankings devoted to that.

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Francis' actions speak louder than his words

    A danger for all of us in the column business is that we'll look for political meaning in Pope Francis' big speeches and ignore what he actually does while he's here.

     Yes, his words will matter, and Francis will have an enormous impact both on American politics and on politics inside a divided American Catholic Church.

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September 17th

Trump Is Right on Economics

    So Jeb Bush is finally going after Donald Trump. Over the past couple of weeks the man who was supposed to be the front-runner has made a series of attacks on the man who is. Strange to say, however, Bush hasn’t focused on what’s truly vicious and absurd — viciously absurd? — about Trump’s platform, his implicit racism and his insistence that he would somehow round up 11 million immigrants in the country illegally and remove them from our soil.

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As world turns forward, don't march backward

    CNN does less news and more retrospectives these days. Hence, one would have been excused to assume it was showing another century in China the other day.

    Missiles nose to tail, soldiers goose-stepping, China was parading every ounce and centimeter of its military might. And for what?

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Aylan Kurdi’s Europe

    Oh, Europe, the Mediterranean, cradle of civilization, is a watery grave. At the side of an Austrian highway, 71 nameless refugees perish, asphyxiated in a modern-day boxcar. Czech authorities, armed with indelible markers but bereft of a sense of history, inscribe identification numbers on the skin of 200 migrants. Others are duped by Hungarian police with promises of “freedom” and find themselves in a “reception” camp (where presumably they are offered a shower).

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Meet the Donald Trump of the House of Representatives

    Mark Meadows wears his gray hair neatly trimmed and parted. He has been happily married to one woman for 36 years. And "humble" does not begin to describe the two-term Republican congressman's aw-shucks, nonconfrontational manner.

    Donald Trump, in other words, he is not.

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Obama's Syria achievement

    This may be the most surprising of President Barack Obama's foreign-policy legacies: not just that he presided over a humanitarian and cultural disaster of epochal proportions, but that he soothed the American people into feeling no responsibility for the tragedy.

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The right question about government

    Many conservatives and most libertarians argue that every new law or regulation means that government is adding to the sum total of oppression and reducing the freedom of individuals.

    This way of looking at things greatly simplifies the political debate. Domestic issues are boiled down to the question of whether someone is "pro-government" or "anti-government."

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Zuckerberg’s Expensive Lesson

    It’s just hitting bookstores, but Dale Russakoff’s new book, “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?,” has already become a source of enormous contention, both in Newark, where the story takes place, and among education advocates of various stripes.

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