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July 16th, 2015

Time for GOP to dump Trump

            As former chair of the California Democratic Party, I'm the last one the Republican Party would turn to for advice. But here it is anyway. For the good of the party, and the country, Republicans should throw Donald Trump overboard before he does any more damage.

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Helicopter Parents: Why Do They Hover So?

            Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children's affairs. There are two kinds.

            One kind indulges children to the point of near imbecility. No demands are ever placed, no chores required. The parents see their role as obedient servant, concierge and above all, banker. The children eventually become wards of the family estate.

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Greece’s Economy Is a Lesson for Republicans in the U.S.

            Greece is a faraway country with an economy roughly the size of greater Miami, so the United States has very little direct stake in its ongoing disaster. To the extent that Greece matters to us, it’s mainly about geopolitics: By poisoning relations among Europe’s democracies, the Greek crisis risks depriving the U.S. of crucial allies.

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Equality Still Elusive

            It is just another example but still telling since money is specific: In winning the World Soccer Cup the U.S. women's team brings home two million dollars while last year's men's team losing in the sixteenth round received eight million. Actually, the figures have been variously reported from one million for the women to eighteen million for the men. Regardless of the amount the discrepancy is noticeable as more than the market of long established men's sports.

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Britain's federal future beats London-centric past

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Struggling recycling industry created its own mess

            The American recycling business is in the dumps. According to Dave Steinert, the CEO of Waste Management, America's largest recycling company, the industry is experiencing a "national crisis," with almost all of America's 2,000 high-tech recycling facilities -- including Steinert's own -- running in the red. Things are so dire that some recyclers are preparing to do the once-unthinkable: charge cities and their residents for accepting their recycling.

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Race and Rick Perry

            I applaud Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's call for the Grand Old Party to patch up its differences with African-Americans, among other voters of color. Although I eagerly wait to hear how he would follow up his words with deeds, lip service is better than no service at all.

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Puerto Rico offers a lesson for the mainland

            Greece's impending bankruptcy is dominating the headlines right now, but between that financial catastrophe and the one facing Puerto Rico, the latter probably deserves more attention in the United States - or at least more attention than it's getting.

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Jimmy Carter, His Legacy and a Rabbit

            Quiz time: Which American president was attacked by a “killer rabbit”?

            It was Jimmy Carter, although the incident says more about the news media than it does about Carter. He was fishing from a boat in a pond when a rabbit swam frantically for the president’s boat.

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Humans Don't Domesticate Cats; Cats Domesticate Humans

            As one who has rarely owned fewer than a half-dozen dogs and cats, people who don't like pets make me uneasy. Often it's about control issues. The sheer otherness of domestic animals offends their self-importance. How dare a mere cat ignore them?

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