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August 27th, 2015

Sticking Up for Coke, Sort Of

    Champions of righteous eating have been saying terrible things of late about Coke. They're now focusing their wrath on a corporate campaign to place Coca-Cola in the context of a healthy diet.

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Jeb Bush’s Slog: The Tortoise and the Hair

    In politics, the smallest things often turn out to be the most telling ones, and so it is with the man who was supposed to be the Republican front-runner, who once inspired such rapture among party elders and whose entrance into the presidential race they yearned and clamored for.

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Donald Trump's GOP rivals struggle to understand his appeal

    The rise of Donald Trump has many of his GOP rivals asking: How can we steal away the source of his apparent appeal to GOP primary voters? This week, we're getting one answer to that question from Scott Walker, who seems to have decided that Trump's surge is rooted partly in those voters' frustration with the failure of GOP leaders to stop Obama.

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Clinton is her own worst enemy

    This isn't about whether Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, which is likely. It isn't even about whether she becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It's about basic respect -- for us and for the truth.

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Tales from a working mother's August juggling act

    "Mom? What was that lady doing with her hands?" came the 8-year-old voice from the back seat of the van as I did some reporting in Baltimore.

    "She was doing drugs, Sweet Pea," I replied. "Are you buckled in?"

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No need to apologize for being successful

    A ripple of controversy in the world of philanthrocapitalism recently caught my attention. Anand Giridharadas gave a talk at the Aspen Institute in which, in the friendliest possible way, he called on the capitalist plutocrats who pay for such gatherings to reflect on their sins and stop imagining that writing checks to support good causes is sufficient penance.

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A Tax to Save Lives

    A smokeless tobacco product called snus, which a user puts between his gums and his upper lip, has a long history in Sweden. At the start of the last century, it was the most common way Swedes ingested nicotine. By the early 1950s, however, sales of snus had been overtaken by cigarettes, a trend that continued for two decades.

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August 20th

Obama vs. the Cavaliers of Unilateralism

    If you wondered why President Obama gave such a passionate and, yes, partisan speech on behalf of the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, all you had to do was tune in to the Republican presidential debate the next night.

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Bernie Sanders, the Capitol's surging anti-celebrity

    Thousands may flock to his rallies outside Washington, but when Sen. Bernie Sanders rides the subway through the Capitol, he's usually alone.

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Europe’s Deepest Debt

    From time to time I am reminded of all that Europe lost. It can happen in the most unlikely places, like in San Diego for example.

    I was sitting the other day with a friend named Bonnie Richins. She told me that, as children, she and her sister were not allowed to wear striped clothes. They reminded her father, Kurt Lorig, of the pajama-like attire the Nazis forced him to wear in Auschwitz.

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