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April 16th, 2015

Hillary's Role Model: Bush 41

    It's Hillary Clinton, not Jeb Bush, who will take former President George H. W. Bush as her role model. Her road to victory was blazed by Jeb's dad in 1988.

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April 8th

Pennsylvania School is Flushed by a Problem

    Ten-year-old Kaitlyn Montgomery, a fourth grade student at Park Elementary School in Munhall, Pa., now has access to that school’s restrooms.

    Like most schools, Park Elementary has separate restrooms for male and female staff and faculty, and separate restrooms for boys and girls.

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Obama's Iranian gamble

    The deal tentatively struck with Iran to divert its path to a nuclear weapon will affect American domestic as well as foreign policy in determining President Obama's legacy, as he winds down his White House occupancy.

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Indiana's odious law

    There are three essential questions to ask elected officials -- and those running for office -- in the usefully messy aftermath of the fight over Indiana's ill-intentioned law to protect religious freedom.

    Before I get to the questions, let me expand on that description:

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Gay rights will continue to divide Republicans

    Gay rights won't fade as a political issue. The Republican base won't let it.

    Prominent Republicans calculated that if the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was constitutionally protected, the issue would become settled law and disappear politically. This would be welcome, they reasoned, as the party was on the wrong side of the politics and history.

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Corporate activism finds its footing on religious freedom laws

    You can tell that a movement is scoring some important points when its opponents want to change the subject.

    That thought comes to mind when I hear critics charge Apple CEO Tim Cook with hypocrisy in his recent protests of "religious freedom" legislation in Indiana and Arkansas that has been criticized by Cook, among others, as anti-gay.

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Al-Qaida exploits chaos in Yemen to rebuild, officials say

    The CIA's drone base in the rippled surface of the Saudi Arabian desert has undergone major renovations over the past few years. Satellite imagery shows dozens of additions that appear to include living quarters, a new clamshell hangar for hiding aircraft and neat rows of freshly planted palm trees.

    That base is one of the few components of the Obama administration's counterterrorism campaign in Yemen that remain intact.

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Same-Sex Sinners?

    The drama in Indiana last week and the larger debate over so-called religious freedom laws in other states portray homosexuality and devout Christianity as forces in fierce collision.

    They're not - at least not in several prominent denominations, which have come to a new understanding of what the Bible does and doesn't decree, of what people can and cannot divine in regard to God's will.

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Good Riddance, Carrie Mathison

    The co-creator of "Homeland" on Showtime revealed recently that when the new season starts, Claire Danes' Carrie Mathison will no longer work at the CIA.

    Her real-life counterparts can't wait for her to clean out her desk.

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Women In The Political World

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