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June 19th, 2015

Perry's flawed Texas 'miracle'

    All presidential candidates tout their works, and few works are more revealing than the condition of the states that this election's crop of Republican hopefuls serve, or recently served, as governors. Of these GOP govs and ex-govs, surely no one intends to get more mileage out of his state's standing than Texas's Rick Perry.

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Odd Bedfellows for Liberty

    Let’s now praise a threesome of odd bedfellows: a Democratic ex-senator, an exiled American citizen, and a current Republican senator.

    I don’t think they’ve ever met, yet their separate efforts over 14 years have now guided our ship of state away from some perilous authoritarian straits.

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Not About Us Without Us

    A few of my African friends have adopted a slogan: “not about us without us.” They use it to protest international decisions about their continent that are developed without any input from African people.

    It’s a wonderful phrase. I think it applies to a few recent events in our country as well.

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Jenner's gender war on pronouns

    Keeping the pronouns straight. In my experience, that's the hardest part of adjusting to a friend's sex-change operation.

    My experience in this case consists of working in the same newsroom as Ridgely Hunt, an award-winning war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, as he became Nancy Hunt in the mid-1970s.

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Hillary comes out of the shadows

    The long reintroduction of Hillary Clinton to the American public as a presidential candidate is getting to look like the coming-out of a wealthy and spoiled debutante.

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Hey, Democrats, have you forgotten Joe Biden?

    At Beau Biden's funeral on Saturday, President Barack Obama said his own family had become part of the Biden clan, playing by "Biden rules."

    "We're always here for you," Obama said looking at Vice President Joe Biden and his family, giving them his "word as a Biden."

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Government by Bagmen

    When Dennis Hastert was indicted for trying to cover up some $3.5 million in hush money payments to a man he’d allegedly sexually abused decades ago, Washington was shocked. I wasn’t.

    I was shocked that Hastert, who’d spent the better part of his life in public service after working as a high school teacher and wrestling coach, could afford to contemplate a $3.5 million payout.

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Gephardt knows how brutal a presidential race is

    Running for president is hard. Former Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt was twice a serious candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination -- in 1988 and 2004. In 1988 he won the Iowa caucuses and finished second in the New Hampshire primary. But his campaign petered out and he lost the nomination to Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. In 2004 Gephardt finished fourth in Iowa and dropped out of the race.

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From Caitlyn Jenner to a Brooklyn High School

    People all over the world have been following the emergence of Caitlyn Jenner, but few as enthusiastically as Spencer and Joshua, two students at a New York City high school who see her as an inspiring role model.

    Spencer, 16, was born a girl and given a girl's name, but he says it never felt right. On the first day of kindergarten, his mom dressed him in a skirt - the school uniform - and he cried.

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FIFA arrests are causing a journalism scandal in the Cayman Islands

    To many observers, the FIFA corruption probe has been a result of journalistic enterprise, whether via the dogged investigative ethos of British journalist Andrew Jennings that first brought the accusations to light, or the satirical television work of John Oliver that later brought those accusations to a wider audience.

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