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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:48pm
    In Saudi Arabia, the Mutaween are 3,500 public officials and thousands of volunteers who work for the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. They are responsible for enforcing strict religious laws. Among...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:48pm
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is urging baristas to engage customers in discussions about race and inequality -- as if his employees already were not busy enough trying to tell my coffee-and-espresso-shot from the next guy's...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:47pm
    Last week the Ghost of Gridlock Present crossed paths in Washington with the Ghost of Gridlock Future. It makes for a spine-chilling tale.     Gridlock Present was haunting the Senate, where legislators dissolved...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:46pm
    As if more proof were needed about congressional dysfunction, witness the spectacle of the last two weeks, in which the Senate managed to grind itself to a halt over a human trafficking bill that both sides want to pass.  ...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:45pm
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election victory -- won on the strength of his temporary promise never to approve a two-state solution for Palestine and Israel -- was akin to pulling a rabbit out of a hat.   ...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:44pm
    Pity the poor cat.     Somehow that creature of infinite detachment emerged as the symbol of incessant attachment here at South by Southwest.     In this festival of interactivity, connectivity,...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:44pm
    This is the tale of two women, each an emblem, in her own way, of one of the world's most corrupt and dysfunctional nations.     One of the women is Isabel dos Santos, Africa's richest woman. The daughter of...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:43pm
    You probably know from his weepy reminiscences that the speaker of the House, John Boehner, once worked as a bartender and a janitor, and took seven years to get out of college. Maybe you've heard that Gov. Scott Walker of...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:43pm
    Has it come to the point where politics rules over all? Politics - bad, as we have come to think of it - has always played a part but now it seems to have become the whole picture. While the Democrats are not exactly pure the...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:43pm
    What was Ryan Giroux doing free on the streets of a Phoenix suburb -- free, that is, to go on a shooting rampage that killed one person, left five more injured and traumatized countless witnesses?     He was free for...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:42pm
    The smell of burned cloth, wood and plastic lingered in the silent ruins eight months after a mob torched the row of modest homes. Nothing had been removed. Leaders of the small Christian community in Gojra, a district near Lahore,...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:42pm
    The furor over Hillary Clinton's private email account has brought undesired attention to her pre-candidacy for president. It resurrects old questions not only about her penchant for privacy but also about her political skills...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:41pm
    You may have heard that there's a movement afoot to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman. Finally, we've got a current event that's not depressing.     The only woman who has...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:41pm
    By now it's a Republican Party tradition: Every year the party produces a budget that allegedly slashes deficits but which turns out to contain a trillion-dollar "magic asterisk" - a line that promises huge spending...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:40pm
    Wednesday was a hard day for pro-Israel liberals.     Some of the dejection arose from sheer surprise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's victory, and especially the size of his margin. The pre-election...
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