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January 8th, 2015

'Selma': A film worth arguing about

    It is no crushing insult to Ava DuVernay's "Selma" that experts dispute its accuracy. In today's movie culture, accuracy only matters when the movie is worth arguing about

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Defending 'The Dog Whisperer'

Author's note: The following is a recycled column from December 2008 in memory of my beloved basset hound, Fred.

    Since the election, Barack Obama apparently doesn't care whom he offends. In a TV interview with Barbara Walters, the president-elect insulted her dog, a Havanese named Cha Cha.

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Bush severing most ties to firms

    Former Florida Gov.  Jeb Bush, moving closer to a possible presidential run, has stepped down as a paid adviser to a for-profit education company that sells online courses to public university students in exchange for a share of their tuition payments.

    Bush's decision is another in a string of moves he has made in recent days to shed business interests that have enriched him since leaving office in 2007.

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Afghan War is over, except that it's not

    In a ceremony in Kabul Sunday, the U.S. commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan grandly proclaimed the "end" of the 13-year combat mission against the Taliban and other terrorist foes. But in doing so, he emphasized that NATO personnel will continue to train home-grown Afghan forces taking up the actual fighting.

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Washington’s Slow-Motion Thaw

    The strangest part of seeing the Cuban embargo officially deemed past its use-by date is how long this took.

    I first traveled to Cuba in 1995, after convincing my editor that it would become a huge business story once President Bill Clinton normalized relations. Like many journalists at that time, we believed that would happen any minute.

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Trashing mom to help dad: McDonnell daughter bites hand that fed her

    In Virginia, 2014 was the year to throw Mom under the bus. Then back over her for good measure.

    And not just because we started out the year with an oafish attempt at sarcasm from Sen. Stephen Martin, R-Chesterfield, when he called mothers "hosts" in a Facebook post chiding Planned Parenthood.

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Port Strikes Mirror Organized Labor’s Roots

    Port truckers in California walked off the job in November to protest their dismal working conditions. Required to lease trucks while paying insurance and maintenance costs, drivers often earn less than minimum wage.

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Pakistan's answer to terror: show good news at bedtime

    Pakistan has a new weapon in its fight against terrorism: good behavior norms for the media.

    A parliamentary panel has endorsed a list of 46 guidelines for television and print media, including censoring live reporting and setting up editorial boards to vet "each and every news, image, breaking news," according to a statement on the parliament's website.

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Mistaken Thinking

    With all the brouhaha about police shootings and other egregious treatment it is a mistake to think that only those who look like us should be on the force. Of course every force should be some reflection of the community but the goal is for all to have respect and appreciation for the entire community. We all must have empathy for others.

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Hollywood, Women and Angelina

    Was Angelina Jolie unqualified to direct the big-budget World War II saga "Unbroken"? The movie tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, a champion runner and champion survivor -- of his bomber's crash, 47 days on an ocean raft and torture in a Japanese prison camp.

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