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June 4th, 2015

The Man Who Built the NCAA

    In the course of working on a book about the NCAA these past few years, I've found myself grappling with the legacy of Walter Byers.

    Byers, who died this week at the age of 93, was the first genuine full-time employee of the NCAA, a role he assumed in 1951 when he was hired to be its executive director.

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Regarding the Islamic State, what would Republicans do?

    Critics of the way President Obama is dealing with the Islamic State should be required to specify what alternative steps they would take -- and how their strategies would make a difference.

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On the trail of Hillary Clinton, not everyone is allowed to jump into the press pool

    When it comes to covering Hillary Rodham Clinton, some campaign reporters are feeling less equal than others.

    Major news organizations have established their own press pool to cover the leading Democratic candidate, an arrangement that gives them premium access to Clinton as she campaigns in Iowa, New Hampshire and elsewhere.

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Just the thing for an election heavy on fluff

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It's About Time

    Did you know that there is a group advocating for a museum that features the stories of women? It's about time - past time for such. At long, long last in December of 2014, Congress passed legislation to study the feasibility of establishing a world class women's history museum in Washington, DC.

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Gov. Walker and the Cool Thing

Gov. Walker and the Cool Thing

 

Gail Collins

 

    We've been wondering when a presidential candidate would say something incredibly insensitive about women and reproduction.

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GOP presidential field: Many choices of the same flavor

    If the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey were running today's Republican Party, they could easily resolve its dilemma of having a dozen or more declared or prospective presidential candidates. They could just stuff them all in that old trick car and have them tumble out under the Big Tent in no particular order as the ringmaster introduces them.

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The Insecure American

    America remains, despite the damage inflicted by the Great Recession and its aftermath, a very rich country. But many Americans are economically insecure, with little protection from life's risks. They frequently experience financial hardship; many don't expect to be able to retire, and if they do retire have little to live on besides Social Security.

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The disintegration of us-vs.-them politics

    For all the decades of its existence, American social conservatism has been rooted in a premise simple enough to be fully expressed in just three words:

    Us versus them.

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Shocking Sloppiness Won't Doom the Health Reforms

    How many politicians, aides, lobbyists, lawyers, insurance moguls, professional groups and interns -- both the political and medical kind -- agonized over the details in the Affordable Care Act? The number is big.

    But despite thousands of hands in the kitchen, the final product included four words that cast doubt on a cornerstone of the reforms -- subsidies for those buying coverage on federal health insurance exchanges. Unbelievable.

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