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August 27th, 2015

All votes matter

    Many find politics frustrating because problems that seemed to be solved in one generation crop up again years or decades later.  The good thing about democracy is that there are no permanent defeats. The hard part is that some victories have to be won over and over.

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When Travel Means Putting Your Life on the Line

    Millions of Americans travel overseas every year, whether it’s across the border to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls or Tijuana or to more exotic locales. But nobody expects to die violently while abroad, and especially not a 17-year old.

    That’s what happened to Alex Villamayor.

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Trump flunks immigration

    Donald Trump's immigration proposal rests on three assumptions: that immigration hurts American workers; that illegal immigration, in particular, is linked to violent crime; and that illegal immigrants drain government resources. Each of these beliefs is belied by the available academic evidence.

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Shielding Wall Street from the Ravages of Bigotry

    Phil Gramm, the former right-wing senator from Texas, has surprised me.

    I assumed he had zero charitable instincts. In office, he kept trying to kill safety net programs, such as food assistance: “We’re the only nation in the world where all our poor people are fat,” Gramm smirked back in 1981.

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Partisan Pundits Predict Hillary's Downfall -- Again

    Same as it ever was. Once again, according to pundits on the influential Washington, D.C. cocktail-party circuit, Hillary Clinton is in deep trouble. The National Bitch Hunt is definitely on.

    Surely you didn't think we could have a woman presidential candidate without one?

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'Mad as hell' demogoguery won't win Trump GOP nomination

    Nearly 40 years ago, a fictional television anchor called Howard Beale captured a public mood of despair by telling his viewers to go to the nearest window, throw it open and shout: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

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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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