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Date

July 3rd, 2015

The acceleration of history

    Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation's 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.

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Whoopin’ and a-Hollerin’ for the Plantation Life

    Judge A. Joseph Antanavage, with shotgun in hand, stood before a modified Confederate battle flag, and looked as if he had planned to defend whatever it is that the Confederate flag stands for.

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Republicans still beating a dead horse

    The Supreme Court's decisive 6-3 vote confirming the right of all Americans to federally supported health-care insurance should end the Republican Party's losing war on Obamacare -- but it probably won't.

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In Charleston, 'the power of God's grace'

    It is impossible to know whether the Charleston tragedy will someday be seen as a turning point in the nation's long, difficult struggle with race. But we can hope.

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Our Weddings, Our Worth

    How will the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage alter the way Americans feel about the country, and how we feel about ourselves?

    I can’t speak for everyone. But I can speak for this one 12-year-old boy.

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In same-sex marriage ruling, Anthony Kennedy appeals to human 'dignity'

    On one point the four dissenting justices in the gay marriage case are quite right: Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion shows how deeply the politics of identity have penetrated American culture and, now, jurisprudence.

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'He’s Jesus Christ'

    If you subscribe to the caricature of devout religious believers as mostly sanctimonious hypocrites, the kind who rake in cash and care about human life only when it is unborn, come visit the doctor here.

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Decades of battles converged for momentous decision

    It feels like the blink of an eye. At the turn of this young century, states were still free to prosecute gay couples for being intimate; as of Friday, states are required to offer them marriage licenses.

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A Refuge for Racists

    In one of the little acts of subversion that creeps into “The Simpsons” every now and then, a helicopter from Fox News was shown in 2010 with a logo, “Not Racist, But #1 With Racists.”

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Supremes Hit a High Note

    Wow, Supreme Court — what a week.

    “The Supreme Court just upheld Obamacare yet again,” Jeb Bush said in a fundraising shout-out. “This is the direct result of President Obama. He deliberately forced Obamacare on the American people in a partisan and toxic way.”

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