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February 26th, 2015

Forget the Stereotypes

    When an angry neighbor murdered three Muslim students in North Carolina, my Facebook feed lit up.

    Tragic, I thought, and I scrolled on.

    Then another post caught my eye. A Muslim friend cried out that the triple murder was a hate crime — and fumed that the news was reporting it as a “parking dispute.”

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A Gun on Every Corner

    Earlier this month - right between Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day - Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced a bill that would allow people from states with lax gun laws to carry their concealed weapons all around the country.

    The goal, Cornyn said in a news release, is to treat local gun permits "like drivers' licenses."

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Denmark's tragedy wasn't caused by liberalism

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Democracy Is in Recession

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College, Poetry and Purpose

    Over four decades at two universities, Anne Hall has taught thousands of students, enough to know that they come to college for a variety of reasons, with a variety of attitudes. Many are concerned only with jobs. Some are concerned chiefly with beer.

    All would like A's. And too many get them, she said, even from her, because a professor standing up to grade inflation is in a lonely place.

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Boehner's classroom run amok

    The House of Representatives seems to be trying mightily to make itself irrelevant, with Speaker John Boehner leading the effort. I can't help but think of the old proverb: "The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on."

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Is the Bush family brand a liability for Jeb's run?

    The legacy matchup -- Jeb versus Hillary -- has politics aficionados salivating, or recoiling, with the first 2016 presidential votes almost a year away.

    The former secretary of state, a prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination, won't simply be coronated, as some anticipate. Already, there are internal frictions in Clintonland that recall her 2008 campaign.

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He was saved from an abusive father by a woman who broke the rules

    Yes, there are moments in our lives when someone says something that changes everything.

    "He's harmless," were those words for Michael Trotter Jr.

    Fatu Songowa drank in everything about the frightened boy when he and his mom arrived at her door almost 20 years ago before she made the decision to break the rules and take him in.

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Dwarfed by one Himalaya of a lie

    As any track athlete knows, after training at high altitude, distance running at lower levels barely shocks the system.

    This explains, in part, why I’ve not read up much on the lie attributed to NBC’s Brian Williams. It was a behemoth, apparently. I just can’t bring myself to know any more about it.

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Beware Too Much Religion

    Far be it for me to denigrate religion but all too often in the political world there is too much of a good thing. As a disclaimer, I will note that I am deeply involved and active in an established church. The liberal kind, of course, that does not demand that its views be forced on all.

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