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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:41am
    How often will President Obama come to House Speaker John Boehner's rescue even when Republican leaders aren't willing to give much in return? And does the president want to preside over a split in his party?   ...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:41am
    The cost President Obama was willing to pay to avert another government shutdown -- wiping out protections against the sorts of financial excesses that greatly contributed to the Great Recession -- risks a divisive final two years of...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:41am
    During my decades of journalism I have been alternatively amused and appalled by the sarcastic newsroom slogan: "A story too good to check out."     I've been amused by the battlefield sarcasm that...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:40am
    The so-called "Cromnibus" is an ugly piece of work. On balance, I'm glad -- no, make that relieved -- it passed.     The Cromnibus is the giant $1.1 trillion spending bill that will keep the government...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:40am
    This has been a pretty bleak month or two. There are so many Serious and Important Things going on that I think it's best if we took a moment and talked about Seasonal Gifts.     If you are anything like me,...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:39am
    I was just about to go with a column that started like this: When they write the history of the global response to climate change, 2014 could well be seen as the moment when the balance between action and denial tipped decisively...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:39am
    As brothers who governed large states at the same time, each Bush was bound to be defined in terms of the other. George was the impulsive one who'd stumbled and then swaggered toward success. Jeb was the cogitator, the toiler....
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:39am
    Clutching newspaper clippings in one hand and a medical bag loaded with seeds in the other, my ersatz friend Dr. Franklin Peterson Comstock III, knocking down pregnant ladies, students, the elderly, and two burly construction workers...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:38am
    The police killing unarmed civilians. Horrifying income inequality. Rotting infrastructure and an unsafe "safety net." An inability to respond to climate, public health and environmental threats. A food system that causes...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:28am
    Ian Manuel is a black man who has spent most of his life in prison. Yet he still has a most unusual advocate calling for his release: a white woman whom he met when he shot her in the face.     Manuel fired the...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:27am
    In the summer of 1991, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit overturned the conviction, for stock manipulation, of a man named John Mulheren.     Mulheren was a stock trader who had been arrested three years...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:27am
    The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's sickening report about the torture of terrorism suspects by CIA officers and contractors, with its revelations about "rectal feeding" and prolonged sleep deprivation, should...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:26am
    The burdens of being an Informed Citizen are many. This weekend, you'll probably be going out to some holiday party or dinner where your friends will expect you to have an opinion about the monster spending bill that's been...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:26am
    There has been much gnashing of teeth over the Senate Intelligence Committee's report documenting use of "enhanced interrogation techniques," widely labeled as torture, that were approved in the George W. Bush...
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:25am
    The "debate" over torture is almost as grotesque as torture itself. There can be no legitimate debate about the intentional infliction of pain upon captive and defenseless human beings. The torturers and their enablers may...
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