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March 5th, 2014

Life as a black student at a Philadelphia prep school

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No Big Deal

    Everyone knows that the Obama administration's domestic economic agenda is stalled in the face of scorched-earth opposition from Republicans. And that's a bad thing: The U.S. economy would be in much better shape if Obama administration proposals like the American Jobs Act had become law.

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Virginia politicians should back off 'hosts'

    "It's like 'Alien Invasion'! " exclaimed a Virginia mom with a 10-month-old baby on her hip.

    Totally.

    She has been invaded three times. I've been occupied twice.

    Pregnant women are mere hosts in the eyes of abortion rights supporters, according to Virginia state Sen. Stephen Martin, R-Chesterfield, who offered that description in a sarcastic Facebook post last week.

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A credit to the tax code

    Republicans and Democrats don't agree on much these days, but if there's any point on which they should still see eye to eye it might be the federal earned-income tax credit. This cash supplement to wages, delivered in the form of a tax refund, was created during the Ford administration and has been gradually expanded under Republican and Democratic presidents. In 2012, it totaled $63 billion, paying an average of $2,300 to households containing 27 million people.

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A helping hand for young men of color

    "My Brother's Keeper" has a much nicer ring than "Stop and Frisk." It also promises to be a more effective, less self-defeating way to address the interlocking social and economic crises afflicting young men of color.

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Boehner has the blahs

    "Blah, blah, blah, blah," said the speaker of the House.

     Ohio Republican John Boehner, drawing out the words in a tone of ennui, was speaking about a new tax reform plan, and its comatose-on-arrival prospects.

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Fathers' Sons and Brothers' Keepers

    Frederick Douglass once noted, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

    The statement is simple, profound and as true as truth can be. And yet we as a society and as individual families neglect the building, facilitate the breaking and balk at the cost and commitment of the repair.

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Fathers' Sons and Brothers' Keepers

    Frederick Douglass once noted, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

    The statement is simple, profound and as true as truth can be. And yet we as a society and as individual families neglect the building, facilitate the breaking and balk at the cost and commitment of the repair.

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On the Flight to San Jose

    I am supposed to be working. I have the bags, under the seat in front, full of papers. I am not working. I am listening.

    I have a colleague who hates to fly Southwest because he invariably finds himself next to a morbidly obese passenger in the middle seat. This has never happened to me.

    I have never found myself next to a morbidly obese passenger. No, I find myself next to mothers who break my heart.

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The Bitcoin Blasphemy

    Whenever I read a story about Bitcoin, the virtual currency that has been so much in the news these days, I think about a man named Dee Hock. In the early 1970s, Hock created the credit card system that we now know as Visa. Hock was a man who liked to think grandiose thoughts. When it came to Visa, and credit cards in general, Hock used to describe them not just as a way to get a short-term loan but as a new kind of payment system, an exchange of value that was on par with, and that competed with, cash.

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