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Date

February 12th, 2015

Can college kids take a joke?

    Chris Rock has stopped performing on college campuses, he said in a recent interview, because college audiences are getting "way too conservative."

    "Not like they're voting Republican," he said in an interview with Frank Rich published in Vulture. "But in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody."

Bruce Jenner's Courage

    When I was a growing up, yearning with my pals to be a track star, one of our heroes was Bruce Jenner. He won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in the decathlon, and he adorned our Wheaties boxes. We all wanted to be Bruce Jenner.

    I haven't thought much about him in years. But Jenner is in the news again, widely reported to be preparing to come out as a transgender woman.

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'American Sniper' Moral

    Things we can learn from "American Sniper":

    You know the movie, right? It has not only been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, it could wind up selling more tickets than the other seven nominees combined. Plus, it's triggered a left-right controversy that makes the old dust-up over "Duck Dynasty" seem like a tiny cultural blip.

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A Sweet Spot

    I don’t have any cute photos of my daughter’s chubby face smeared with frosting from her first birthday party. Already pregnant with my son, I’d become a child nutrition zealot in response to my double dose of motherhood.

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A neoconservative 'Prince of Darkness' gets behind Gov. Walker

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is suddenly a hot Republican presidential prospect, may be getting hotter. Though some consider Walker's lack of foreign policy credentials a hurdle to a nomination, he has earned praise from a prince of neoconservatives, Richard Perle.

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A GOP outbreak of scientific illiteracy

    Move over Michele Bachmann. Here comes the 2016 Republican presidential field, on the scientifically indisputable but ideologically fraught issue of vaccination.

    You may recall Bachmann's campaign implosion in 2011, when the then-Minnesota congresswoman warned of "very dangerous consequences" to the HPV vaccine, citing a woman whose daughter "suffered mental retardation as a result."

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A Bailed-Out Banker Lectures about Fairness

    Jamie Dimon is annoyed. He’s fed up with the populist attitude that’s sweeping the country. He’s not going to take it anymore.

    That’s why he recently bleated to reporters that “banks are under assault.”

    Well, not every bank. He was talking about JPMorgan Chase — America’s largest Wall Street empire, which Dimon heads.

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What Killed the 'American Sniper'?

    The second-most jarring scene in "American Sniper" takes place not in the urban maze of wartime Iraq but in the domestic tranquility of Chris Kyle's home in Texas. Disoriented after his fourth tour in the cauldron of Iraq, the heralded Navy SEAL is shown stalking his wife from room to room with a pistol. For a moment, we worry that he has flipped out and is going to shoot her. Turns out this was his playful way of initiating sex.

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Vaccine debate presents a political minefield - as Hillary Clinton can attest

    The latest tweet from Hillary Rodham Clinton sounded straightforward enough: "The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork."

    But the issue of vaccinations has long been politically and emotionally fraught - involving not just public health but also the proper role of government, the prerogatives of parents and medical riddles that have yet to be solved.

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Kids most in need get scant attention

    An 8-year-old girl named Relisha Rudd is still missing, hundreds of homeless kids living in District of Columbia shelters and motels are still unseen by the rest of the city, and a child with cerebral palsy was invisible to authorities while his mother and her boyfriend allegedly abused him for months.

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