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Date

June 25th, 2015

Gay Marriage's Moment

    Remember the AIDS crisis? If you lived in a big American city during its spread, you were witness to constant sorrow and countless examples of gay people treated as second-class citizens.

    One was almost certainly this: the steadfast, heartbroken man being shut out of his beloved's final weeks - not allowed in the hospital room, not welcomed at the grave - because some family members disapproved and no law trumped their bigotry.

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A Rain of Bombs in the Nuba Mountains

    The eight children in the Shanta family lived in a village of grass huts and had never turned on an electric light or worn a watch, never ridden a car or even a bicycle, never spoken on the telephone.

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To protect US workers, Trans-Pacific Partnership must be shored up significantly

    The problem with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and, indeed, the way we conceptualize trade deals, is that they produce 20th-century accords that fail to fit the realities of the 21st.

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How the Bush dynasty startedThe Business of Wall Street

    If you don’t mind working hard—and partying even harder—why not get a business degree, take a couple of state and federal tests, and become a Wall Street trader?

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How the Bush dynasty started

    As the senior President George Bush at 91 reflects on his political career, he way well smile at the circumstances that in time led to the current prospect of the nation's first three-president dynasty.

    The narrative began with his failed 1980 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, after which he finally agreed to be Ronald Reagan's running mate and eventually his successor in the Oval Office.

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For a young man's parent-caregivers, the effects of war will be felt for a lifetime

    Joe Briseno wasn't there for a lot of the early moments of his three kids' lives.

    That's not unusual for Army dads like him who were deployed to foreign countries when diapers needed changing.

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Apologize for Slavery

    A week of absurdity around a confused racial con artist, and a massacre in a black church brings us to this: Friday was the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, when the last of the American slaves were told they were free. Now, to put it to good use, at a time when a post-racial era seems very much out of reach.

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A disingenuous defense of the Confederate flag

    The massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, has revived discussion about the Confederate battle flag and its meaning. Liberals find it easy to condemn it, but Philip Klein, writing in the Washington Examiner, is correct: Conservatives should be even more hostile to the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South and its symbols.

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Why We Still Need Public Libraries

     Younger Americans can hardly imagine a time when you had to visit a library to research the population of Phoenix in 1980. Google now does that in seconds.

    Entire books are downloaded to tablets in minutes. Classics from "Moby-Dick" to Shakespeare's tragedies come virtually free. A project called the Digital Public Library of America now seeks to digitalize the entire Library of Congress and university collections.

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Voodoo, Jeb! Style

    On Monday Jeb Bush - or I guess that's Jeb!, since he seems to have decided to replace his family name with a punctuation mark - finally made his campaign for the White House official, and gave us a first view of his policy goals. First, he says that if elected he would double America's rate of economic growth to 4 percent. Second, he would make it possible for every American to lose as much weight as he or she wants, without any need for dieting or exercise.

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