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Date

May 7th, 2015

How Can We Serve Our Public Servants?

    Back in my 20s, I had a modest dream: By my 40s, I hoped, I’d be able to pay off my student debt. I’d even give some of my hard-earned money to my mom and rent a nice apartment. Maybe I’d get a dog, too.

    And I wanted to do it while making a difference for working-class families like my own.

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Gay marriage's moment for justice

    My three takeaways from Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage involve the justices' reasonable anxiety about overstepping their constitutional roles; the ridiculous argument that same-sex marriage would harm the state's interest in protecting marriage as a vehicle for procreation; and the irrelevance of Roe v. Wade as historical precedent.

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Coal’s Collateral Damage

    Coal’s death throes are drawing closer, especially in Appalachia.

    Nearly three-quarters of the coal extracted from West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky these days is being mined at a loss. The number of coal companies declaring bankruptcy or edging toward it is mounting.

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School Vouchers: Flimflam By Any Name

    Our subject here is two self-evident and highly political truths: (1) School vouchers, by whatever name they’re called, are deceitful at their core. (2) Whatever proponents may call them, school vouchers aren’t really about education at all.

    We’ll talk about the ramifications of this deceit regarding vital K-12 public institutions, but first:

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On Trade: Obama Right, Critics Wrong

    I strongly support President Barack Obama's efforts to conclude big, new trade-opening agreements with our Pacific allies, including Japan and Singapore, and with the whole European Union. But I don't support them just for economic reasons.

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Love, Marriage, and Music

    At some point in my childhood, just before my teens, I was struck by the fact that almost all of the songs that I was hearing on the radio, half-consciously humming along to or committing to memory were about love.

    Different shades of love, yes, and different stages of it: the heat and hunger of its infancy, the expansive warmth of its maturity, the bleeding pain when all that's left of it is shards. But love nonetheless.

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In Baltimore, a lush scene out of Renoir in a riot-torn city

    A white-haired man in coral slacks and a navy blue, brass-buttoned blazer stepped back and admired this year's blooms.

    The pink and white tulips - a Darwin hybrid known as Ollioules - were spectacular, and all around him, families lounged on blankets, nibbling on picnic food as children frolicked on the lush lawn.

    This Renoir scene? Baltimore.

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GOP candidates against the tide on gay marriage

    No one can be certain which way the Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage, but the direction of history's arrow is plain for all to see -- except, apparently, the Republican candidates for president.

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Gingrich Is Right: Double Medical Research Budget

    Newt Gingrich recently recalled the bipartisan deal that doubled the budget for the National Institutes of Health -- with fondness. This was about 20 years ago, when Bill Clinton was president, and Republicans under Gingrich had just taken over Congress.

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Europe's Google Problem

    Have you heard the term Gafa yet? It hasn't caught on here in the United States - and I'm guessing it won't - but in France, it has become so common that the newspapers hardly need to spell out its meaning. Everyone there already knows what Gafa stands for: Google-Apple-Facebook-Amazon.

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