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September 3rd, 2015

The Odd Politics of Fighting Wildfires

    As wildfires plague much of the American West, one must ask, Who is paying to put them out? The answer is largely the American taxpayer. By that, we mean the taxpayers of Maryland, Tennessee and New Jersey -- as well as those in California, Oregon, Washington and Montana, the states where the worst fires now rage.

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The next debate topic

    In a few weeks, the Republicans will hold their second presidential debate, and if it's anything like the first, it's bound to be a doozy. The continued ascent of Donald Trump, and his unmitigated displays of ego, id, racism and sexism, guarantee a viewership many times larger than what a "normal" intraparty debate 14 months before the general election would draw.

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The loan boon for grad schools

    Income inequality bedevils the United States, as does debt, of the public and private varieties. Under the circumstances, you'd think that the federal government's priorities would not include channeling billions of dollars in cheap credit for the benefit of highly paid lawyers who train more lawyers.

    Yet that is essentially what happens each year through the student loan program known as Grad PLUS.

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She survived Katrina but lost her city

    It was 10 years ago that Lois Rice began counting down the rest of her life in the number of breaths that remained in those few inches of air between the water and the ceiling.

    Soaked, shivering and 60 years old, she was trapped under the roof of her childhood home in New Orleans for hours before rescuers arrived.

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Merkel seeks to calm anti-refugee fury

    Seeking to counter a rising tide of neo-Nazi rage in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to the eastern city of Heidenau on Wednesday to deliver what critics called a long-overdue public statement against a terrifying wave of attacks on asylum-seekers.

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Crash-Test Dummies as Republican Candidates for President

Crash-Test Dummies as Republican Candidates for President

 

Paul Krugman

 

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What Colin Trevorrow got right about women directors and big movie franchises

    With every new installment of a mega-franchise that gets announced, from "Star Wars" to superhero movies, it becomes more glaringly obvious how dismally Hollywood studios have failed when it comes to finding women and people of color to direct some of the industry's most profitable outputs.

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Trump's brash 'platform'

 

    We're going to have Donald Trump around for a while, which prompts the question: What is Trumpism? Or, to put it more tartly, is there a coherent political philosophy underlying his candidacy?

    Spoiler alert -- no -- but first a discussion of how long we might be talkingTrump. It is no longer inconceivable that Trump could win the GOP nomination -- unlikely, but not inconceivable.

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The summer of Trump ... and Deez Nuts

    What does Donald Trump have in common with Deez Nuts, except for the way that their names make some people laugh?

    Both Trump, the billionaire Republican presidential frontrunner, and Deez Nuts, the registered independent presidential candidate made up by a 15-year-old Iowa schoolboy, offer a measure of voter discontent with both major political parties.

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The Media Chases Hillary, Time And 'Times' Again

    At the expense of pedantry, here's how a serious newspaper covers an important story: "Tom Brady hearing transcript details judge's comments to NFL, NFLPA," reads the Boston Globe headline.

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