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January 30th, 2014

Train Derailments Another of Fracking’s Problems

    The derailment of a 101-car CSX freight train on a bridge in a densely-populated part of Philadelphia this past week should be yet another warning to politicians who have become cheerleaders for oil and gas fracking.

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The White House and Campus Rape

    On Wednesday, the White House announced that it was launching a new federal task force to address sexual assault on college campuses. "I've got your back," the president said to the millions of American women (the White House report put the number at 1 in 5) who are forced to have sex without their consent (the definition of rape) during their lifetimes. The president said that an "inspiring wave of student-led activism" had led to his decision, and said the task force would come back with recommendations in 90 days.

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The Penance of Glenn Beck

    This week Glenn Beck said something I agree with. (Now, there's a line I never thought I'd write.) During an interview Tuesday with Megyn Kelly of Fox News, Beck reflected on his time at Fox this way:

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The Penance of Glenn Beck

    This week Glenn Beck said something I agree with. (Now, there's a line I never thought I'd write.) During an interview Tuesday with Megyn Kelly of Fox News, Beck reflected on his time at Fox this way:

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Nuclear safety issue lingers

    Shades of Cold War anxiety were rekindled recently by reports that Air Force investigations were underway into alleged drug use, as well as cheating on preparedness tests, among nuclear missile launch officers working in the nation's pressure-cooker underground bunkers.

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Not Politics As Usual

    Politics is a business of back-scratching. The teller window at the political favor bank is open 24/7 for deposits and withdrawals. You raise bundles; I appoint you to an ambassadorship. You offer your private jet or vacation home; I speak at your corporate headquarters, touting your products.

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It took two to tango

    It strikes me as illogical, sexist and just plain wrong to blame former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell's ruinous legal woes on his wife Maureen. She may be the one with the champagne taste, but he sipped the bubbly, too -- knowing that the family budget barely had room for beer.

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Huckabee Spills The Beans

    It's not often we think about Mike Huckabee. True, he has a talk show. But so does half the world. Kelly Ripa has a talk show. Geraldo Rivera has a talk show. How often do they come up in conversation?

    Now, Huckabee is suddenly in the news, thanks to a speech he made at a Republican Party gathering in Washington, in which he dismissed the idea that the GOP has a "war on women" by ...

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Virginia can lead change on marriage, executions

    Whoa, Virginia. You're totally confusing us here.

    Rainbow flags and Old Sparky in the same week?

    When news broke Thursday that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will fight the state's ban on same-sex marriage - after he voted for it eight years ago - it seemed that the time had come to start calling the commonwealth New Dominion.

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The Populist Imperative

    "The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes."

    John Maynard Keynes wrote that in 1936, but it applies to our own time, too. And, in a better world, our leaders would be doing all they could to address both faults.

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