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March 26th, 2015

Schock's red walls a red flag

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Like a race riot with your coffee?

    This quote, often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, says it best: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." That's especially true if you're the CEO of a big business.

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Half a Heart on Marijuana Better Than No Heart at All

    Give thanks for the little things, they say. A bill that would stop the feds from going after medical marijuana users in states that permit such activity is something for which we should give thanks. But it is little.

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Fear and loathing in Israel

    It's a good thing the Israeli election campaign didn't run one day longer than it did. At the rate he was going, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might have called for stripping Israeli Arabs of the right to vote altogether.

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What Congress Can't Do

    Here's the short answer: Anything.

    If you can't even move a bill creating a fund for the victims of sex trafficking, and if the president's noncontroversial and, indeed, much praised nominee for attorney general isn't moving forward as a result, then you can pretty much conclude that Congress is poised to accomplish less than nothing, and any talk about bipartisan agreement is nothing but partisan blather.

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Standing Up for Our Neighbors

    As a teaching assistant in a class on race in the United States, I’ve probably paid more attention to the #BlackLivesMatter movement than a lot of my white peers.

    The professor who teaches the course here in Madison, Wisconsin — where I’m pursuing a PhD in sociology — is an expert on racial disparities in policing. But now I’m learning a devastating lesson in the subject from outside the classroom.

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Oh, No! It's a New Senate Low!

    The United States Senate is worse than ever.

    I know this is hard for you to believe, people. But, really, this week was a new bottom. The Senate found itself unable to pass a bill aiding victims of human trafficking, a practice so terrible that it is one of the few subjects on which members of Congress find it fairly easy to work in bipartisan amity.

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How the health care ruling could affect children

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Go Ahead, Ruin My Day

    As the saying goes, "to err is human, to forgive is divine," to which I'd add: "To ignore" is even more human, and the results rarely divine. None of us would be human if we didn't occasionally get so wedded to our wishes that we failed to notice - or outright ignored - the facts on the ground that make a laughingstock of our hopes. Only when the gap gets too wide to ignore does policy change.

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Genuine Corporate Posers

    Near my home in Austin, Texas, there’s an old refurbished motel with a keep-it-real attitude that’s expressed right on its iconic marquee: “No additives, No preservatives, Corporate-free since 1938.”

    More and more businesses across the country are adopting this attitude. They’re responding to their customers’ craving for buy-local, un-corporate, anti-chain alternatives.

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