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Date

June 19th, 2015

Can Clinton rally Obama's coalition?

    His campaign is a long shot, but I'm happy to see Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders putting forth a good impersonation of a serious challenge to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Like a near-sighted javelin thrower, the self-described democratic socialist may not score many points but he'll keep the crowd alert.

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A cry for help from the FEC

    It has come to this: The chairman of the Federal Election Commission and a fellow Democratic commissioner have filed a petition asking their own agency to do its job.

    Don't hold your breath.

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It's Not Just About Bad Choices

    Whenever I write about people who are struggling, I hear from readers who say something like: Folks need to stop whining and get a job. It's all about personal responsibility.

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Flickering Greatness

    On Saturday mornings, I love to watch reruns of the TV Western "The Rifleman." Each show is a little moral fable, with Chuck Connors' widowed rancher and crack shot, Lucas McCain, teaching his son, Mark, about actions and consequences.

    If you neglect to do this now, you will pay a penalty later. If a corner is cut here, you will regret it there.

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Baseball and Black History

    Last summer, a 13-year-old named Mo'ne Davis landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated, a national sensation after she pitched a shutout in the Little League World Series, where almost all of the other players are boys. She's believed to be the only black girl ever to participate in the competition.

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Some evangelical leaders are splitting over gay marriage

    Ahead of a highly anticipated Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, many evangelicals are wrestling with the question of whether you can support the issue and remain an evangelical.

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Scott Walker's Wisconsin Audition

    Anticipating a Republican presidential bid by Scott Walker, the two-term governor of Wisconsin, both The New York Times Magazine and The Washington Monthly recently published lengthy articles about him. (The Times feature, which is in the magazine this weekend, was published online Friday.) Both articles focus on Walker's successful battles with labor. As they should: If he runs for president, his record of union-busting will be at the very center of his campaign.

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Presidential reticence on Iraq

    Don't feel bad if you're confused about what the United States is trying to accomplish in Iraq. President Obama doesn't seem to know, either -- or else he won't say.

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Guns in Your Face

    Life in America requires a lot of advance preparation. For instance, when you're getting ready for a plane trip you imagine what you'll do if a problem arises - flight delay, long lines at security. But I bet you haven't considered the best way to react if the man in front of you on the airport escalator has a gun dangling from his shoulder.

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A journalist lets the Internet supply her 'facts'

    Sooner or later it was bound to happen. A highly regarded talk show host, widely considered nonpartisan and scrupulously fair, picked up an unverified report from the Internet and used it as fact. When the subject of the report flatly and justifiably denied it, she had to apologize on the spot.

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