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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:23am
    With the Republicans now totally in charge of Congress, they have the chance to make good on their promise that things are going to change on Capitol Hill. But their opening moves suggest more of the same old same old.  ...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:22am
    During her live, nationally televised Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Sen. Joni Ernst inserted a cute story from her childhood that seemed to offer everything a homespun narrative...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:22am
    Saturday evening, I got a call that no parent wants to get. It was my son calling from college - he's a third-year student at Yale. He had been accosted by a campus police officer, at gunpoint!     This is how my...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:22am
    Are we witnessing the emergence of what might be called a new "sanity caucus" among House Republicans?     Earlier this month, 26 of them voted against an amendment to undo President Obama's program to...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:21am
    Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece. He will be the first European leader elected on an explicit promise to challenge the austerity policies that have prevailed since...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:21am
    The woman in the cute fake fur coat got out of her car and immediately slipped on the ice in the parking lot. "Is this it?" she yelled, laughing and grabbing the car door to keep from falling. "Do they have it? Please...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:20am
    The funeral for my high school buddy Kevin Green is Saturday, near this town where we both grew up.     The doctors say he died at age 54 of multiple organ failure, but in a deeper sense he died of inequality and a...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:20am
    The talk up in Boston is all about deflation while the talk down here is all about inflation.     Our sleek, techie president, whose battery dies faster than an iPhone's, was fully charged Tuesday night for the...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:19am
    As the world contemplates the deflated football scandal in Boston - ballghazi - please allow me one last moment of undiluted sports delirium. I live in Seattle, where, at least for a while, the sky is always blue, trees are...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:18am
    The "polite gays," was how Tracy and Kathryn described themselves. Not political or loud, not obvious or overt, but understated, in keeping with their Oklahoma surroundings. Never asking anyone to think too hard or talk too...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:18am
    My mother always believed that when you signed up for a regimen, you owed it your best shot.     She was that way with diets. With aerobics.     And with religion. For my father she converted,...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:17am
    There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over ... abortion and rape.     I'm not...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:11am
    A reader of last week's column about Islamist extremism wrote, "It is not really about Islam. It is about things you understand all too well: poverty, alienation, disenfranchisement, and a search for meaning and identity....
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:11am
      An editor said she was losing about $200 a month.     An analyst said she just barely broke even.     "Yes! That's me. I'm losing money going to work today. But I'm late!...
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:10am
    Perhaps six years too late, President Obama gave strong indications in his State of the Union address that he's finally bought into Albert Einstein's definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over against and...
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