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August 6th, 2015

A Hidden Hand in Obesity

    If you looked at me, you might not be able to tell that I’m obese.

    According to the measure of my Body Mass Index (BMI), I am. Slightly.

    I don’t wear plus-sized clothing, I’ve only got one chin, and you wouldn’t mind sitting next to me on an airplane.

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Who's afraid of Uber and the shift it represents?

    There's a lot of worry around about the "gig economy," a fear that Uber-type jobs are "driving inequality" and could be bad for workers. Everywhere you look it seems that some columnist is fretting about what Uber means for the future of society, and its workforce. Not to mention those who are forced into such contingent jobs already.

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When a traffic stop isn't routine

    Early one December morning in East Baltimore in 2000, I saw a car drive by with its headlights off. For minor traffic violations, for honest mistakes - if the driver was sober, polite and carrying a valid license and registration - I would usually just issue a warning.

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Today’s Exhausted Superkids

    There are several passages in the new book “Overloaded and Underprepared” that fill me with sadness for American high school students, the most driven of whom are forever in search of a competitive edge. Some use stimulants like Adderall. Some cheat.

    But the part of the book that somehow got to me most was about sleep.

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Jim Crow lives on in America's prisons

    War is hell. Post-Civil War, Reconstruction was hellish.

    In a beauty contest, however, Reconstruction was in a dead heat with the Redemption for ugliness.

    The difference had to do with the losers in both. In the former it was Dixie. In the latter, it was people with black skin.

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Get Government out of Marriage Altogether

    When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal scholars have responded that yes, the arguments for gay marriage could apply to relationships among more than two partners, as well.

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For the Mideast, It’s Still 1979

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Clinton's new email fuss is no scandal

    The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails -- the allegation that classified information was improperly transmitted on her private email server -- is, or should be, a non-scandal.

    Clinton has only herself to blame for a lot of the email mess. She should have behaved like other government officials and used an official account, however cumbersome the multiple device consequences might have been.

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Stepping on a Slippery Slope

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Donald Trump, meet Everett Alvarez, who was a POW even longer than John McCain

    Everett Alvarez Jr. sometimes goes days without thinking about the hell he endured - nearly nine years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, one of the longest periods of captivity in U.S. military history.

    "I'm too busy," says the former Navy commander, who is 77 now and runs his own multimillion-dollar IT and management consulting company in Northern Virginia.

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