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May 7th, 2015

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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Baltimore mom's slaps echo through the ages

    I understand why some are applauding the beatdown that Toya Graham, "the Baltimore mom," gave her son in the middle of Monday night's rock-throwing.

    I get why her pastor said she should be "mom of the century," and the New York Post put her on its front page.

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When Good News Is No News

    There are times, in our national political conversation, when the good news is so pathetically puny that it actually makes you feel worse.

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When Baltimore Burned

    Conservatives have sometimes been too quick to excuse police violence. And liberals have sometimes been too quick to excuse rioter violence.

    It's outrageous when officers use excessive force against young, unarmed African-American men, who are 21 times as likely to be shot dead by the police as young white men. It's also outrageous when rioters loot shops or attack officers.

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Wall Street Banks on Buying the Democrats’ Love

    Wall Street arrogance seems to be accelerating even faster than our infinite cosmos is expanding.

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The wrong professionals run global monetary policy

    The Japanese government did something weird last week, but weird in a good way that other governments should follow. It nominated (drumroll) a new member of its central bank (fanfare) who has actually (fireworks) worked in industry (huge applause, fade to sunset) -- namely Yukitoshi Funo, 68, who used to run Toyota Motor's North American business. Equally surprisingly, the guy he'll replace later this year is Yoshihisa Morimoto, himself a former executive of Tokyo Electric Power Co.

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The selling of a hero

    The Lone Ranger knew what he was doing when he inspired the famous inquiry as he rode off into the sunset: "Who was that masked man?"

    The American tradition of mystery and modesty surrounding our heroes, especially those in the military, has well served the notion that anonymous bravery and other self-sacrifice for the nation best suit those who put on the uniform.

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