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Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:28pm
    Called away on family business, I was afraid I’d missed the sweet spot for commentary on the Harper Lee/"To Kill a Mockingbird"/"Go Set a Watchman” controversy — that moment right after “...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:25pm
    There is something about being released. Just as it has for other Presidents our current one is using his last two years to loosen the binds of earlier times. President Obama has become the President that we, his supporters, always...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:24pm
    At the core of any conflict lies invisibility. The enemy cannot be seen, at least not if seeing betokens the start of understanding. The other is there, a menacing and ineffaceable presence, but is invisible in his or her human...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:24pm
    The problems that bother us most are the ones we bring on ourselves. This is why Republicans are so out of sorts with Donald Trump. The party created the rough beast it is now trying to slay.     When Trump gave out...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:23pm
    In reality, there is no free lunch. In the alternate reality known as the American political debate, however, that's the only kind on the menu.     Conservatives say tax cuts boost economic growth, which yields...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:17pm
    The time-honored way to speak of young people is with horror. They’re wild, reckless, irresponsible, narcissistic, immoral and hopeless — and always have been.     Now along comes this generation of...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:16pm
    Goodbye, Chicago boys. Hello, MIT gang.     If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the term “Chicago boys” was originally used to refer to Latin American economists, trained at the...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:08pm
    One gauge of the famine looming in South Sudan is that people are simply collapsing from hunger.     As I was driving into this city, a woman was lying inert on the road. She was Nyanjok Garang, and she said she hadn...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:08pm
    The truth will make you free, the more horrible the better. And the more humiliating the truth the richer you get -- certainly if you're Nick Denton, founder of the gossip-mongering website Gawker.     But that...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:04pm
    About a month ago, the Supreme Court closed out its term in a blaze of nonpartisan glory. Or nonpartisan obloquy, depending on one's reaction to the court's legalization of same-sex marriage and its upholding of Obamacare -...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:02pm
    At some point on the long, hard slog toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hillary Clinton is going to need the people whom she least wants. Safe passage to the White House will require an audience with, perhaps even a benediction from,...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 7:59pm
    You can spot them. The frozen ones who come outside at lunch like sun-seeking turtles, cardigans balled up next to them, bare shoulders defrosting in the noon sunlight, no matter how wilting it is outdoors.     Every...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 7:56pm
    Do not worry about Donald Trump becoming president. Worry, instead, about what his current -- emphasis on current -- stratospheric standing in the polls says about two things: the Republican Party and the other GOP candidates....
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 7:52pm
    I love baseball. I have since I was a kid. And I’m lucky to be married to a woman who loves the game as much as I do.     We recently attended the 86th annual Major League All Star Game in Cincinnati. As part...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 7:48pm
    Right now, it's beginning to look as if President Obama will end up deserving the Nobel Peace Prize he was so prematurely awarded in 2009.     Perhaps you recall how, during the 2008 Democratic primary campaign,...
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