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Date

May 7th, 2015

Can we face up to our inner-city powder kegs?

    It could have been billed as a postmortem on what we have been witnessing in Baltimore, except the event occurred 10 days before "Charm City" unceremoniously lost its luster. The event was an April 16 forum at Howard University - "From Protest to Policy: A Bipartisan Approach to Criminal Justice Reform" - moderated by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

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Bridgegate is still a BIG problem for Chris Christie

    Bridgegate just won't leave Chris Christie alone.

    Friday's indictments of two top aides to the New Jersey governor and the guilty plea of another of his close confidantes over politically-motivated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in fall 2013 will re-pick the political scab that has already cost Christie so much in the early 2016 presidential jockeying.

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Baltimore, then and now

    Of all the images captured of this week's riots in Baltimore, none was more arresting that of an irate mother chasing, berating and striking her protesting son.

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The roots of Baltimore's anguish

    The violence that has engulfed Baltimore is visible and heartbreaking evidence of a city that has been under siege for decades.

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Police need to try to win back the trust they've lost in poor communities

    The mistrust between police and the people they are sworn to protect has crumbled in too many poor neighborhoods in this country. And we see the devastating results in the protests rocking Baltimore and other American cities, as those appalled by the deaths of Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and other black men take to the streets to express long-simmering rage at the way police interact with their communities.

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Ideology and Integrity

    The 2016 campaign should be almost entirely about issues. The parties are far apart on everything from the environment to fiscal policy to health care, and history tells us that what politicians say during a campaign is a good guide to how they will govern.

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Hillary Clinton always seems to be zigging when others zag

    As if the flap over fundraising at her family foundation weren't enough, now Hillary Rodham Clinton has to deal with Bernie Sanders.

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Germany shows the way on labor

    "Policy," says David Rolf, the Seattle union official chiefly responsible for the first successful campaigns for a $15 minimum wage, "is just frozen power." By which measure, the problem with U.S. trade policy for the past quarter-century is that it reflects the growing imbalance of power between investors, able to profit from global markets, and workers, who have lost the institutions that once enabled them to improve or at least maintain their jobs and incomes.

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Defeatism in Baltimore

    Using the most bloodless terms, an economist explained the failure or inability of so many African-Americans to rise from their impoverished circumstances. They do not respond to the economic incentives that push others to study and strive, he said.

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Clinton cash: No smoking gun

    Her enemies finally found it. Forget Benghazi, emails, Vince Foster, or Whitewater. This is the scandal that will bring Hillary down. And you have to admit, it does sound pretty sleazy when you first hear about ... "Clinton Cash!"

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