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June 4th, 2015

Bernie Sanders: The new St. Nick

    How is it that Democrats forgot about the joys Santa Claus can bring? How is it that Republicans managed to steal the Santa idea from the party of FDR and never let go?

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The enigma of Bill Clinton

    In Bill Clinton's 1992 election victory, he talked of voters getting "two for the price of one," referring to his wife, Hillary, as a brainy political activist who would bring an added bonus to his presidency. By and large it worked, as her popularity soared, especially among Democratic women.

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Police chief's viewpoint is an antidote to distrust

    This story is not new.

    On March 6, Matthew Kenny, a police officer in Madison, Wis., shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old black man named Anthony Robinson Jr., who, he said, had attacked him. The shooting triggered days of peaceful protests. An autopsy found a cocktail of illicit drugs in Robinson's system. Earlier this month, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, who is black, cleared Kenny of wrongdoing.

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On immigration, a fight over staying power

    President Obama's expansion of executive action for illegal immigrants was kept on hold last week when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government's request to allow the deferral initiatives to take effect. The debate surrounding the case has been cast as a clash between a president's will and his administration's limits as described in the Constitution. But the court's opinion sheds light on the real issue: staying power.

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Foreign Policy Traps Await Republicans and Hillary

    Foreign policy is shaping up as a defining issue in the presidential campaign.

    Republican candidates, with the exception of Rand Paul, are vying to take the most hawkish stance on combating Islamic State and, secondarily, countering Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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A Nation of Millennial Entitlements

    A student sued Misericordia College because she failed a nursing class. Twice.

    She said she suffered psychological problems. Those problems included anxiety, depression, and poor concentration skills.

    The college had agreed to allow her to retake the final examination last summer.

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The Education Assassins

    A contest for the least popular arm of the federal government would have many strong contenders.

    There's the soft, cuddly Internal Revenue Service. Also the National Security Agency, America's Peeping Tom. And let's not forget the Environmental Protection Agency, seen by many manufacturers as one big, mossy, bossy paean to regulation run amok.

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Our Water-Guzzling Food Factory

    Let's start with a quiz.

    Which consumes the most water?

    A) a 10-minute shower.

    B) a handful of 10 almonds.

    C) a quarter-pound hamburger patty.

    D) a washing machine load.

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Hooray for Hillarywood?

    Is Hollywood really ready to give a 67-year-old woman a leading role in a big-budget production?

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Why evangelicals are having trouble finding a unified voice in Washington

    Evangelicals have gone through a good deal of handwringing over a younger generation that is less predictably faithful than their parents. Now, evangelical leaders in Washington are having trouble sending the kind of unified message that will entice them to follow.

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