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August 27th, 2015

Julian Bond kept his wit, despite tragedies of race

    Unlike most of the people who are sadly reminiscing about Julian Bond, I fondly recall how my last conversation with the iconic civil rights veteran occurred at a zombie movie.

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GOP jumps on the immigration bandwagon

    With Donald Trump's help, Republicans are laying claim again to the mantle of family values. For those who've been concerned that the GOP's preference for deporting undocumented immigrants might separate parents from their U.S.-citizen children, Trump has devised a family-friendly solution: He'd deport the children, too, their citizenship be damned (more precisely, if Trump gets his way, revoked).

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Euthanasia's slippery slope

    If you were a psychiatrist and a chronically depressed patient told you he wanted to die, what would you do?

    In Belgium, you might prescribe this vulnerable, desperate person a fatal dose of sodium thiopental.

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Do the Rich Rule America?

    Is America’s political system controlled by a small financial elite? One former president thinks so.

    Almost 40 years after he was elected, former President Jimmy Carter commented recently that our political system is now “an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery.” He may be right.

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Byline Inequality Matters

    Anna Quindlen relayed an eye-opening and hair-raising experience to her readers in 1990.

    “A newspaper editor said to me not long ago, with no hint of self-consciousness, ‘I’d love to run your column, but we already run Ellen Goodman,’” the New York Times columnist wrote. “Not only was there a quota; there was a quota of one.”

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Bear This in Mind

    On August 7, an experienced hiker was found dead and half eaten by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. The offending bear was later euthanized.

    A week later, a black bear injured a man near Yosemite National Park. The man had left a bag of trash outside his house, and the bear was eating it. When the man went out at 4 a.m. and discovered the bear, it attacked.

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Audience Members Are Getting Lousy Reviews

    Broadway star Patti LuPone made headlines recently when she grabbed a cellphone from a woman texting in the second row. It may have helped that she was in character, playing a tough-broad diva from a community theater.

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Underestimating Ted Cruz is a mistake

    Ted Cruz is a man with a plan. The Republican presidential candidate, bete noire of his party's establishment, has carefully calculated a path to becoming the right-wing standard-bearer.

    That makes him the most underestimated candidate in the field.

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The World’s Hot Spot

    Here’s my bet about the future of Sunni, Shiite, Arab, Turkish, Kurdish and Israeli relations: If they don’t end their long-running conflicts, Mother Nature is going to destroy them all long before they destroy one another. Let me point out a few news items you may have missed while debating the Iran nuclear deal.

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The anti-choice disinformation war

    In the hyperbolic chariot race waged by Republican presidential candidates, we can report the first breastplated contestant to have thrown a spoke.

    That would be the supposed moral standard-bearer of the field (of mankind?), the estimably sainted Ben Carson.

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