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Date

May 8th, 2014

Honoring the Missing Schoolgirls

    When Boko Haram fanatics attacked a girls' boarding school in northeastern Nigeria, kidnapping several hundred girls whose only offense was to dream of becoming doctors, teachers or lawyers, the Nigerian authorities' initial response was to lie.

    The military promptly claimed that it had freed 107 of the girls. In fact, it had done nothing, and, the girls' parents say, it has continued to do little for the three weeks since.

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It's the Viral Season

    Alas, poor J.D. Winteregg. We knew him . um, actually not very well at all.

    Winteregg ran as a Tea Party challenger to the House speaker, John Boehner, in this week's Ohio primaries. He only got about 22 percent of the vote. So he's gone, politically speaking. But not forgotten, thanks to his video charging Boehner with "electile dysfunction."

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Lewinsky's Hillary favor

    Monica Lewinsky may not have intended it this way, but she just did Hillary Clinton a big favor.

    Lewinsky could be forgiven, of course, if she did not mean to join Team Hillary. She is the forgotten, tragic roadkill of the affair.

    Bill Clinton paid the price of public humiliation and House impeachment, but he moved on, concluding what is remembered as a successful (if tarnished) presidency and a post-presidency at least as successful.

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Occupying the Koch Brothers’ Lobby

    The gabillionaire Koch brothers feel entitled to occupy the people’s elections, barging in with sacks full of corporate cash. So, how would the brothers feel if the people barged into their political affairs?

    To find out, a few citizens recently paid a visit to Koch Companies Public Sector. That’s the grandiose name the brothers give to their Washington, DC, lobbying headquarters.

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Rove crashes N.C.'s tea party

    There was a rumble in North Carolina among the factions of the Republican party on Tuesday. The establishment won.

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Take a Hike! No, Really

    For the first decade that I suffered from severe and almost daily migraines, I didn’t consider them a gift. Yet, in a way — a very painful one — they are.

    My headaches began setting me apart from the rest of society at the age of 15. Back in 1996, my brother got a Nintendo 64. Eager to try it out, I begged him to give me a turn. But it was unmistakable — watching the screen gave me headaches.

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The Great Benghazi Scandal Gets Sillier

    You like potato and I like potahto

    You like tomato and I like tomahto

    Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto.

    Let's call the whole thing off.

    -- George and Ira Gershwin

 

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When Corporations Get Too Big to Tax

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the government paid you on Tax Day? I’m not referring to getting a tax refund because you overpaid the federal government or a safety-net benefit labeled as a tax refund under the “Earned Income Tax Credit” rules.

    I mean an actual payment from the U.S. Treasury.

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A missed chance on religious freedom

    To understand why religious freedom matters, put yourself in the position of someone who is part of a minority faith tradition in a town or nation that overwhelmingly adheres to a different creed. Then judge public practices by how they would affect the hypothetical you.

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Gun bans in state Capitols but not bars draw cries of hypocrisy

    South Dakota lawmaker Steve Hickey has 17 guns, a National Rifle Association card and a faith that pistol-packing residents make public places safer - except for the one where he works.

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