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June 19th, 2015

Obamanomics, sidetracked

    It's not only on trade that President Barack Obama seems to be losing his party. With inequality rising and wages flat, Democrats are pushing Hillary Clinton to move beyond Obamanomics and offer something more dramatic and more radical.

    But before repudiating Obama's entire program, it's worth recalling this: Obamanomics has not failed. It just has not been tried.

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Jeb Bush and Single Mothers

    Last week, Jeb Bush was asked to answer for a passage from his book from two decades ago, "Profiles in Character," in a chapter titled "The Restoration of Shame," in which he blamed the "irresponsible conduct" of births to unmarried women on a flagging sense of community ridicule and shaming.

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Democrats Being Democrats

    On Friday, House Democrats shocked almost everyone by rejecting key provisions needed to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement the White House wants but much of the party doesn't. On Saturday Hillary Clinton formally began her campaign for president, and surprised most observers with an unapologetically liberal and populist speech.

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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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