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September 18th, 2014

Crime, Bias and Statistics

    Discussions of the relationship between blacks and the criminal justice system in this country too often grind to a halt as people slink down into their silos and arm themselves with their best rhetorical weapons - racial bias on one side and statistics in which minorities, particularly blacks, are overrepresented as criminals on the other.

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Obama caught in a Catch-22 in Syria

    In reluctantly deciding to take the fight against the terrorist Islamic State into Syria, President Obama finds himself caught in a political and military version of "Catch-22."

    He is poised to launch heavy air attacks on the Islamic State for the threat they pose to the Western democracies, theoretically from Western turncoats with British and American passports who could return as suicide bombers.

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September 11th

The e-cigarette dilemma

    E-cigarettes pose a public policy conundrum. They are a gateway drug -- but it's not, or hasn't been, entirely clear in which direction most traffic through that gateway flows.

    For some existing smokers, particularly those for whom other efforts to quit have failed, electronic cigarettes offer the advantage of a nicotine delivery device without risking the health consequences of smoking tobacco.

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Is Mitt Romney contemplating another run?

    As the crystal ball on the 2016 Republican presidential nomination remains blurred , two-time loser Mitt Romney appears willing at least to entertain the possibility of trying a third time.

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When Whites Just Don't Get It, Part 2

    In my column a week ago, "When Whites Just Don't Get It," I took aim at what I called "smug white delusion" about race relations in America, and readers promptly fired back at what they perceived as a smugly deluded columnist.

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Leading From Within

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Fight against Islamic State needs patience because justice takes time

    In August 1968, many of us in the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, West Germany, read reports with disgust and sadness as Soviet troops with tanks and artillery rolled into Czechoslovakia, closing exit routes and brutally destroying the budding season of freedom that reformers in that country called the Prague Spring.

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Don't blame victims of nude-photo hacking

    There are two schools of thought when it comes to the massive theft of celebrity nudes that has been lighting up certain darker corners of the Internet. One of them is wrong.

    Comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted: "Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer."

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Demanding More From College

    I'm beginning to think that college exists mainly so we can debate and deconstruct it.

    What's its rightful mission? How has it changed? Is it sufficiently accessible? Invariably worthwhile?

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'Virginia Way' sounds a lot like 'Chicago Way'

    When their far-fetched marriage-gone-bad defense failed to save former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, from guilty verdicts in their corruption trial, I could not help but wonder: Why didn't they take a plea deal when they had the chance?

    Federal authorities had offered to avoid charging the state's first lady if the then-governor pleaded guilty to one felony fraud charge, according to news reports.

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