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October 15th, 2015

Clinton wins, Sanders scores

    At some point during Tuesday night's Democratic debate, many people in living rooms across the country undoubtedly turned to each other with the same basic thought about Hillary Clinton: Oh, so that's why she's the front-runner.

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Will the Carnage Ever Cease?

    I’ve written at least 75 columns on gun control over the years. It might have been as many as 100.

    Every time some demented loser would haul a gun — usually some sort of automatic — into a public place and lay waste around him (it’s always a him), I would get on my soapbox and excoriate the National Rifle Association, gun dealers, and our cowardly politicians for letting this outrage go on unchecked.

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When 'Conservatives' Become Radicals

    If the self-styled Republican "Freedom Caucus" understood the first thing about the United States Constitution they profess to revere, they'd recognize that it's a conservative document purposely crafted to frustrate radicals like them. As men of the 18th century, the Founding Fathers were deeply suspicious of what they called "enthusiasm," most commonly defined as God-intoxicated certitude.

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The socialist difference: Why Democrats need both Clinton and Sanders

    In the fall of 1991, a Democratic presidential candidate I was covering as he campaigned across New Hampshire had a line in his speeches that surprised me. He commended to his listeners something called the "Swedish active labor market" - a program, established by Sweden's Social Democrats as part of their full-employment policy, that trained unemployed workers at the government's expense and linked them up with available jobs.

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The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

    What is it about whistleblowers that the powers that be can’t stand?

    When I blew the whistle on the CIA’s illegal torture program, I was derided in many quarters as a traitor. My detractors in the government attacked me for violating my secrecy agreement, even as they ignored the oath we’d all taken to protect and defend the Constitution.

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Sanders gave Clinton an opportunity to soar

    Bernie Sanders is passionate. He has lofty ideals. He has a vision of a better, more communitarian America where plutocrats are constrained and average people are elevated. And if Democrats want to make progress on achieving Sanders's goals, they will nominate Hillary Clinton for president.

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Political scientists Mann and Ornstein on extreme Republican disfunction

    Political scientists Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein are longtime scholars of American politics in general and Congress in particular. They were among the first mainstream analysts, and arguably the most influential, to make the case that the "broken" condition of Washington is actually a manifestation of a single broken political party.

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Obama’s Kabuki Theater

    The sales push behind Washington’s latest “free-trade” agreement amounts to Kabuki theater.

    What’s Kabuki? It’s a 17th-century form of Japanese drama, featuring elaborate sets and costuming, rhythmic dialogue, and stylized acting and dancing. That pretty much sums up the White House’s production of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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If Adobe won't retire Flash, just hit delete

    Arguably the most useless and obnoxious piece of near universally installed software, Adobe Flash has received another kick that ought finally to send it to its grave. A cyber-espionage operation whose attack patterns suggest ties to the Russian government has been discovered using one of Flash's endlessly emerging vulnerabilities.

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Letting Pepsi Police Itself Isn’t Very Sweet

    If you drink Mug Root Beer or the apple-flavored Manzanita Sol soda, you might unwittingly become one of the first people to try a brand new artificial sweetener. The new product is called Sweetmyx 617, and PepsiCo is blending it with high fructose corn syrup to reduce the calories in these sugary drinks.

    But you won’t find that out by reading the label. This new chemical concoction won’t be listed.

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