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July 9th, 2014

Bombs on Jerusalem

    Jerusalem used to be safe. It is nearly 40 miles from Gaza and 3,000 feet above sea level. In the last go-round, the Hamas rockets couldn't reach that far. Now they can. Rockets were fired aimed at both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv this week, as Israel launched its own offensive in Gaza. "Every Israeli is a target," a Hamas spokesman was quoted in the press.

    How do they live like this, a friend asks, after speaking with colleagues in Israel. The Israelis were calmer than me, my friend tells me.

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Extreme Nutrition

    To most people, “bonking” implies an R-rated activity. To marathon runners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes, it’s something else entirely.

    In sports jargon, someone who “bonks” suffers severe fatigue after running out of their stored energy. People who experience the condition, also known as “hitting the wall,” describe it as having “your legs turned to cement.” Some folks hallucinate too.

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Hillary Clinton's lawyerly past

    It should not be necessary to write this column.

    Lawyers represent clients. Criminal defense lawyers represent clients accused of crimes -- sometimes horrible, evil clients accused of heinous crimes. It is the ethical and professional responsibility of these lawyers to defend those clients as vigorously as possible.

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New border politics: Blame Obama first

    As thousands of unaccompanied Central American children stream across his state's southern border, Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a paranoid turn.

    In an interview Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Perry repeated sentiments that he expressed earlier on Fox News that, as the number of detained children has surged past 60,000 in recent months, President Barack Obama might be "in on this somehow."

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Religious Freedom in Peril

    A Sudanese court in May sentences a Christian woman married to an American to be hanged, after first being lashed 100 times, after she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.

    Muslim extremists in Iraq demand that Christians pay a tax or face crucifixion, according to the Iraqi government.

    In Malaysia, courts ban some non-Muslims from using the word "Allah."

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Silicon Valley Sharknado

    Mostly, this July, I'm worrying about the jumping sharks jumping the shark.

    But Syfy's "Sharknado 2" trailer, this one about a shark storm hitting Manhattan, just went up and features chain saws buzzing, the Statue of Liberty's severed head whizzing, Tara Reid kvetching and Robert Klein barking "This is the Big Apple! Something bites us; we bite back!"

    So things look pretty promising.

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The State of Runaway CEO Pay Resistance

    Fed up with the do-nothing Congress, people around the country are no longer waiting for Washington to lead on some of the most pressing economic fairness issues of our time.

    Take the minimum wage debate. States and cities are rising above the partisan swamp in the nation’s capital to combat wage stagnation. In the 2014 session, 10 state legislatures and the District of Columbia passed minimum wage increases. Similarly, state and local efforts to rein in CEO pay are proliferating.

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The State of Runaway CEO Pay Resistance

    Fed up with the do-nothing Congress, people around the country are no longer waiting for Washington to lead on some of the most pressing economic fairness issues of our time.

    Take the minimum wage debate. States and cities are rising above the partisan swamp in the nation’s capital to combat wage stagnation. In the 2014 session, 10 state legislatures and the District of Columbia passed minimum wage increases. Similarly, state and local efforts to rein in CEO pay are proliferating.

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Walgreen Writes its Own Sick Prescription

    How would you react if one of your neighbors announced that while he obviously benefits from having clean water, highways, Medicare, police protection, parks, schools, and other public services, he was no longer going to pay his share of the taxes that make them available?

    And what if this neighbor also said he was renouncing his U.S. citizenship to become a citizen of Switzerland because he could pay less in taxes there? Not that he was actually moving to that cold country, mind you.

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Why Obama Makes The GOP Panic

    If you pay too much attention to opinion polls, as most people do, doubtless you've heard that a plurality of voters has judged Barack Obama the worst president since World War II. Thirty-three percent, to be precise, which as it conflates almost exactly with the number of hard-core Republicans, merely tells you something you already knew: GOP partisans dislike Obama with irrational zeal.

    In short, the Quinnipiac University survey reveals more about them than about Obama. But hold that thought.

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