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Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:11pm
    A few weeks ago, I spent a delightful afternoon and evening with Bill Cosby. I was the emcee of a gala for historically black Claflin University, which is in my hometown; Cosby was the headliner. Both of us were donating our time to...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:11pm
    The current lame duck session of Congress, which ends on Jan. 3 and includes senators and representatives defeated on Nov. 4, began with the same old partisanship that characterized the last few years in Washington, as the Senate...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:09pm
    For the first time since high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as nonconventional fracking, was developed, more Americans oppose it than support it.     According to a national survey conducted...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:07pm
    "Smiles at the gas pump," my local headline reads. The price of gasoline has fallen below $3 a gallon.     When the national average rose last year to $3.51, Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, complained that...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:07pm
    The Tenement Museum, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, is one of my favorite places in New York City. It's a Civil War-vintage building that housed successive waves of immigrants, and a number of apartments have been restored...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:07pm
    The commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall have thrust into the public spotlight the border guard who ordered the gates opened. The subject of both a new German-language book and film, one-time Stasi Lt...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:04pm
    Building the Keystone XL pipeline, to speed the flow of crude from Canada's oil sands to refineries in Texas, would be "game over for the climate," says NASA-scientist-turned-climate-activist James Hansen. Heeding...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:04pm
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in American politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:01pm
    Scientists say that fur seals in the Antarctic are having sex with the penguins.     This may have been going on for some time. A South African research team has published a paper on it, "Multiple Occurrences of...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:01pm
    Thanksgiving is an occasion when we gather with our families for festive meals. It’s also a time when many of us donate to help the less fortunate celebrate with their families.     This holiday binds us all...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:01pm
    Reflecting on World War I, California Senator Hiram Johnson famously said: “The first casualty when war comes is truth.”     Actually, in America’s recent wars, officials have slaughtered the truth...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:00pm
    Before President Obama does anything else in the lame-duck Congress or the new one in January, he needs forthrightly to seek an update or new authorization for the new war he's fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 6:59pm
    Was Obamacare sold on a pack of lies or just political spin? Questions like that have turned Jonathan Gruber, who helped to create President Barack Obama's health care plan, into a possible threat to its survival.   ...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 6:59pm
    We Americans love children.     Indeed, we love them so much that, on average, child care workers earn almost as much per hour ($10.33) as workers who care for animals ($10.82), according to a new study from the...
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 6:58pm
    Republican and Democratic leaders don’t often see eye to eye on taxes.     But surprisingly, corporate tax reform looks like one area where there might actually be some potential for bipartisan action in...
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