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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:53pm
    The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall's elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that "Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats....
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:51pm
    Televised scenes of fires and looters ravaging storefront buildings in Ferguson, Missouri brought flashbacks in my memory to other urban riots a half-century ago -- and to lessons that Ferguson officials failed to learn.  ...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:50pm
    I've thought for some time that the Obama administration could look better in the rearview mirror of history than it does in the bumpy ride of the day to day. That may still turn out to be correct.     Yet events...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:49pm
    The United States is swamped by refugee children from collapsing Central American countries; efforts to contain the major Ebola outbreak in West Africa are straining governments there; jihadists have carved out a bloodthirsty...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:48pm
    We are the stoop laborers of higher education: adjunct professors.     As colleges and universities rev for the fall semester, the stony exploitation of the adjunct faculty continues, providing cheap labor for...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:47pm
    If you were looking last week for a thread of hope amid all the hurt in America and savagery abroad, for something to thrill to and cheer about, this is where you found it, on a baseball diamond in central Pennsylvania that really...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:46pm
    One of the unsung blessings of Twitter is the way it continually reminds us that willful ignorance is alive and thriving in the American body politic.     In the past week, we were treated to widely retweeted photos...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:46pm
   The death of Fernand St Germain last week, at the age of 86, got me thinking about the financial calamity that he was long associated with: the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s. There are things it could have - and should...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:45pm
    It's a tribute to the level of terrible news we've been inundated with this summer that the corruption trial of ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may qualify as a feel-good story. Unless, of course, you are McDonnell.  ...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:34pm
    One remarkable result of the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has been how it seems to be shifting broader conceptions in the Middle East. It sometimes looks like enemies are becoming potential allies - and even old...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:33pm
    As if things at home were not in bad enough shape we are back in the Mid-East up to our necks. Of course, the beheading of the journalist is just an excuse and was probably bound to happen no matter what we did. However, we lit the...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:32pm
    As the tumultuous situation in Ferguson, Mo., entered its second week, President Obama stood before the nation and offered a mild, balanced plea.     There is "no excuse" for excessive use of deadly force...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:31pm
    It’s 3 p.m., and you’re cruising down a rural road, doing about 50.     A quarter mile away is a sign, with flashing yellow lights, alerting you to slow down to 15. It’s a school zone.  ...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:31pm
    My mother was a woman hollowed out like a tree struck by lightning. I wanted to know why.     Ever since her first suicide attempt, in 1978, when I was 22, I had been trying to fill in gaps. She was gone much of the...
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:30pm
    Gov. Bob McDonnell has, apparently, mistaken Judge James R. Spencer for his marriage counselor.     The former governor of Virginia seems to have forgotten he is on trial for public corruption and is busy ticking off...
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