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April 8th, 2015

Why Politics Matters

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The wage movers and shakers

    "We're too big and complicated a system to do anything in reaction to a particular group or something happening," Karen King, who has the wonderful title of "chief people officer" at McDonald's, said this week, explaining her company's decision to raise wages for some of its employees.

    If you believe that, don't go near anyone purporting to sell you a bridge, even if it comes with fries on the side.

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She was no dumb bunny, this 1930s fairy-tale hero

    It's that time of year again.

    Daffodils are blooming, the days are finally warmer and it's time to sit my boys down to read my favorite feminist, racially enlightened manifesto. It's an Easter book: "The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes."

    I know, this sounds kooky, but stay with me.

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Pizza with a side of hate

    The only purpose of the "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and other states is to assert that discrimination against gay people is acceptable. The only way to "fix" such measures is to repeal them.

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Jerry Brown's latest water woes

    California Gov. Jerry Brown has reason to appreciate the saying that what goes around, comes around. Some 38 years after coping with a massive drought in the Golden State in his first governorship, he's beleaguered again by the same natural disaster.

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Hatred in the name of God

    From the beginning of recorded history, religious zealots have performed all kinds of atrocities -- from genocide to pure bigotry -- in the name of God. And the shocking fact is, they're still at it. Today, Islamic extremists in the Middle East behead captives in the name of Mohammed. Today, Christian extremists in the United States deny service to gay and lesbian Americans in the name of Jesus, just like they once used the Bible to justify slavery and segregation.

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And Now, Political Virgins

    On Tuesday in Texas, the state House of Representatives voted to take $3 million earmarked for prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and spend it instead on abstinence-only sex education. It was a fascinating moment - particularly when the sponsor of the motion, a Republican named Stuart Spitzer, told the House that he had been a virgin until he got married at age 29.

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The freedom comedians really need

    The debate over tweets Trevor Noah, the new host of "The Daily Show," sent in earlier years has resurrected a debate that's become a regular feature of conversations about pop culture.

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The Anarchy Of 'Religious Liberty'

    It's a good thing Americans have no serious problems, because the time and energy we expend fighting over symbolic issues could become a problem. Sure, symbols can be important. The swastika is a symbol, also the U.S. flag. But this week's farcical casus belli involves a couple of spectacularly ill-conceived "religious freedom" statutes in Indiana and Arkansas.

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Suing Over Soft Sexism Can Hold Women Back

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