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Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:47pm
    Many find politics frustrating because problems that seemed to be solved in one generation crop up again years or decades later.  The good thing about democracy is that there are no permanent defeats. The hard part is that some...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:46pm
    Millions of Americans travel overseas every year, whether it’s across the border to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls or Tijuana or to more exotic locales. But nobody expects to die violently while abroad, and especially not a...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:43pm
    Donald Trump's immigration proposal rests on three assumptions: that immigration hurts American workers; that illegal immigration, in particular, is linked to violent crime; and that illegal immigrants drain government resources...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:42pm
    Phil Gramm, the former right-wing senator from Texas, has surprised me.     I assumed he had zero charitable instincts. In office, he kept trying to kill safety net programs, such as food assistance: “We’...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:41pm
    Same as it ever was. Once again, according to pundits on the influential Washington, D.C. cocktail-party circuit, Hillary Clinton is in deep trouble. The National Bitch Hunt is definitely on.     Surely you didn'...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:40pm
    Nearly 40 years ago, a fictional television anchor called Howard Beale captured a public mood of despair by telling his viewers to go to the nearest window, throw it open and shout: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:39pm
    Unlike most of the people who are sadly reminiscing about Julian Bond, I fondly recall how my last conversation with the iconic civil rights veteran occurred at a zombie movie.     A mutual friend had invited us and...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:39pm
    With Donald Trump's help, Republicans are laying claim again to the mantle of family values. For those who've been concerned that the GOP's preference for deporting undocumented immigrants might separate parents from...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:36pm
    If you were a psychiatrist and a chronically depressed patient told you he wanted to die, what would you do?     In Belgium, you might prescribe this vulnerable, desperate person a fatal dose of sodium thiopental...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:36pm
    Is America’s political system controlled by a small financial elite? One former president thinks so.     Almost 40 years after he was elected, former President Jimmy Carter commented recently that our political...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:35pm
    Anna Quindlen relayed an eye-opening and hair-raising experience to her readers in 1990.     “A newspaper editor said to me not long ago, with no hint of self-consciousness, ‘I’d love to run your...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:35pm
    On August 7, an experienced hiker was found dead and half eaten by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. The offending bear was later euthanized.     A week later, a black bear injured a man near Yosemite...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:34pm
    Broadway star Patti LuPone made headlines recently when she grabbed a cellphone from a woman texting in the second row. It may have helped that she was in character, playing a tough-broad diva from a community theater.  ...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:34pm
    Ted Cruz is a man with a plan. The Republican presidential candidate, bete noire of his party's establishment, has carefully calculated a path to becoming the right-wing standard-bearer.     That makes him the...
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:33pm
    Here’s my bet about the future of Sunni, Shiite, Arab, Turkish, Kurdish and Israeli relations: If they don’t end their long-running conflicts, Mother Nature is going to destroy them all long before they destroy one...
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