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September 10th, 2015

Other People’s Dollars, and Their Place in Global Economics

    Soon after arriving here, I stopped at an ATM; I needed some dollars, and all I had were dollars.

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Nikki Haley takes on Donald Trump

    Donald Trump is driving the Republican Party into the abyss. Can Nikki Haley pull it back?

    Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, talks of immigrants as rapists and women as bimbos and appeals to the angry white man. He invokes the "silent majority," employs racial dog whistles and picks fights with everybody, but conspicuously with two well-known broadcasters, a Latino and a woman.

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Healing the nation's wounds

    We have a choice to make.

    We can look at both violence and racism as scourges that all of us must join together to fight. Or we can turn the issues of crime and policing into fodder for racial and political division.

     In principle, it shouldn't be hard to recognize two truths.

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Criticism of cops as a back-handed compliment

    From the Black Lives Matter protests against police shootings, to the Koch brothers' new campaign against excessive sentencing, the U.S. criminal justice system is under fire from all directions.

    Indeed, if any cause can be said to enjoy bipartisan support these days, it's reform of the police, prisons and law enforcement.

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Climate warrior Obama invades tiny town in Arctic

    By mid-August, Janine Saito was starting to get a sense of just how much President Barack Obama's visit would affect life in this small Arctic town.

    The young attendees of Nikaitchuat Ilisagviat, the only Iñupiaq immersion school in the United States, would have the chance to perform for the president in their native language.

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Trump’s No Outlier

    There are those who would have you believe that Donald Trump is an aberration among Republican presidential contenders — the black sheep uncle who shows up half-drunk at family gatherings, insults the guests, scandalizes the women, and otherwise brings dishonor to the clan.

    Don’t believe them.

    Trump is as Republican as capital gains and Richard Nixon.

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The silliest Clinton 'scandal' yet

    Conservative activist James O'Keefe, whose undercover videos brought down ACORN and embarrassed National Public Radio, came to Washington Tuesday to unveil evidence of "illegal activity conducted by high-level employees within Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign."

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The Incorrectly Political Donald Trump

    "The message of television as metaphor is not only that all the world is a stage, but that the stage is located in Las Vegas, Nevada."

    -- Neil Postman, "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business"

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The difference between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders

    Ernest Hemingway once said that courage was "grace under pressure." Two presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, have recently tested this proposition. And how each man responded revealed the type of person he is and the type of president he would make: Trump authored his own doom, and Sanders opened immense new possibilities as a compassionate person and serious candidate for president.

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Payday for Ice Bucket Challenge’s Mocked Slacktivists

    When Americans were giddily drenching themselves with ice water during the “ice bucket challenge” a year ago, the cognoscenti rolled their eyes.

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