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March 26th, 2014

A midterm imperative

    Here is what Democrats should learn from their party's loss in a special House election in Florida last week: Wishy-washy won't work.

    Republicans are obviously going to make opposition to the Affordable Care Act the main theme of their campaigns this fall. Democrats will be better off if they push back hard -- really hard -- rather than seek some nonexistent middle ground.

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Another Tale of Two Cities

    The tremors may have had morning TV anchors diving under the desk, but it takes more than a 4.4 quiver to rattle Eric Garcetti.

    "I don't lose my head," said the Democratic mayor of Los Angeles, who was in bed with his wife, Amy Wakeland, when the earthquake struck at dawn Monday. "I've always kind of enjoyed the small ones. The small ones are kind of fun."

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People Sin, Not Music Festivals

    A curious discussion followed the tragedy at the recent South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Many of the festival's fans and critics turned the awful event into a call for "soul-searching" about what the festival had become.

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A Recipe for Better Disaster Movies

    It’s hard not to love mediocre, bad, or even awful movies that portray a post-apocalyptic or utterly dysfunctional future. If you’ve watched Logan’s Run, Water World, The Day After Tomorrow, AI, or Soylent Green more than once, you’ll know what we mean.

    But there’s nothing to love about the real-life disasters that flit across our headlines and quickly vanish from consciousness.

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Don't ban 'bossy,' own it

    Sometimes a clever catchphrase can work too well. Backlash against the name of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's "Ban Bossy" campaign threatens to overwhelm its girl-empowering message.

    At least Sandberg knows how to get people talking. A year ago she popularized "Lean in" with a best-selling advice book -- "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" -- and a nonprofit national Lean In network to build women leaders.

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How to change minds about climate change

    The American Association for the Advancement of Science is trying to awaken more Americans to the dangers of climate change, with a report Tuesday that focuses on a clear and accessible explanation of the evidence. It's a commendable and necessary effort, but what if the problem goes deeper than language?

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Is Obamacare dead if Republicans win Senate?

    If Republicans take control of the Senate next year, which seems highly plausible right now, they will surely intensify their war on Obamacare. Last week Bloomberg Government issued an analysis on the prospects for the law in 2015, including how the administration might respond to attacks from a Congress under full Republican control.

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Paul Ryan Misrepresents His Irish Roots

    Reflections upon the recent holiday: The first time my wife saw tears in my eyes was in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, at the tomb of Jonathan Swift. The brilliant 18th-century Irish satirist was my first and most enduring literary hero, a towering figure who Yeats thought "slept under the greatest epitaph in history" -- composed by Swift himself.

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Pull the chain on these cases

    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair is a cad, a bully and a boor. Once a rising star in the Army and former deputy commander of U.S. forces in southern Afghanistan, Sinclair betrayed his wife, mistreated a mistress who was also his subordinate, and solicited nude photographs from other junior officers.

    He is also Exhibit A for why military law governing sexual assault prosecutions should be changed to take such cases outside the regular chain of command.

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Should Great Cities Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Great Fortunes?

    New York has a new mayor who wants to remake his deeply unequal city into much more than a playground for the super-rich. The experts who track global wealth trends think he’ll fail.

    A recent report from Knight Frank, a global consultancy firm, is predicting that by the year 2024, New York will replace London as the mega-wealthy’s top go-to urban destination.

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