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August 27th, 2015

Tales from a working mother's August juggling act

    "Mom? What was that lady doing with her hands?" came the 8-year-old voice from the back seat of the van as I did some reporting in Baltimore.

    "She was doing drugs, Sweet Pea," I replied. "Are you buckled in?"

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No need to apologize for being successful

    A ripple of controversy in the world of philanthrocapitalism recently caught my attention. Anand Giridharadas gave a talk at the Aspen Institute in which, in the friendliest possible way, he called on the capitalist plutocrats who pay for such gatherings to reflect on their sins and stop imagining that writing checks to support good causes is sufficient penance.

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A Tax to Save Lives

    A smokeless tobacco product called snus, which a user puts between his gums and his upper lip, has a long history in Sweden. At the start of the last century, it was the most common way Swedes ingested nicotine. By the early 1950s, however, sales of snus had been overtaken by cigarettes, a trend that continued for two decades.

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August 20th

Obama vs. the Cavaliers of Unilateralism

    If you wondered why President Obama gave such a passionate and, yes, partisan speech on behalf of the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, all you had to do was tune in to the Republican presidential debate the next night.

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Bernie Sanders, the Capitol's surging anti-celebrity

    Thousands may flock to his rallies outside Washington, but when Sen. Bernie Sanders rides the subway through the Capitol, he's usually alone.

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Europe’s Deepest Debt

    From time to time I am reminded of all that Europe lost. It can happen in the most unlikely places, like in San Diego for example.

    I was sitting the other day with a friend named Bonnie Richins. She told me that, as children, she and her sister were not allowed to wear striped clothes. They reminded her father, Kurt Lorig, of the pajama-like attire the Nazis forced him to wear in Auschwitz.

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Football’s Bogus Settlement

    Thanks to the ham-handedness of the National Football League’s Hall of Fame, the inane “deflategate” scandal, which has been the dominant NFL headline this off-season, was pushed to the sidelines this weekend and replaced by a genuinely important issue facing the country’s dominant sports league and its players. That issue is the serious cognitive impairment that appears to affect so many former professional football players.

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Hindsight from Iraq

    Last week President Obama defended the Iran agreement in part by dismissing its critics as people who supported the war in Iraq 13 years ago - "the same people who seem to have no compunction with being repeatedly wrong," he said.

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On the couch: Discuss your 'PC' problem

    Donald Trump is a misogynist. If not, he’s determined to win the title.

    This guy is gunning for the finals of American Chauvinist Ninja Warrior. The last obstacle will melt before him and his bare chest, and that obstacle will be a “she.”

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A party in turmoil

    The Republican Party is in total chaos. Democrats aren't there yet but may be approaching the neighborhood. It's time to acknowledge that our political system simply isn't doing its job.

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