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August 20th, 2015

Voter Suppression Hides in the Gray Areas

    The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion that African-Americans in that torn-up Missouri city could get the city government they want if only they voted in greater numbers. After all, they are a clear majority of the population.

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Bank of America Stiffs Shareholders

    The year 2009 was rough for the Bank of America and its chairman and chief executive, Ken Lewis. On Jan. 1, the bank closed its $50 billion purchase of Merrill Lynch, a deal Lewis had hastily negotiated the previous September, as the financial world appeared close to collapse.

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Bristol Palin is right about conservatives and Trumped-up outrage

    Let's talk, for a moment, about fauxtrage.

    We all know outrage is in. It generates clicks, sells papers, powers online petitions by the bushel. It's a reliable national industry. And why wouldn't it be? There's plenty to be outraged about, if you have the time and the stomach for it. If you want to, you can spend every day in a perpetual high dudgeon or at least a low simmering dudgeon.

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Bush's familiar approach to foreign policy

    Jeb Bush has firmly established himself as the Republican to vote for if you wish his brother were still president. Best of luck with that.

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Fiorina's flip-flop on Clinton

    Carly Fiorina says some, well, interesting things while waiting to go on camera.

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How Watts changed journalism

    Fifty years have passed since the Watts riots, a disaster that brought death, destruction and an unexpected, although long overdue, boost to the value of racial diversity in newsrooms.

    Six days of looting, shootings and arson resulted in 34 deaths, more than $40 million in property damage and a spur to white flight from inner cities, especially when it was followed by similar eruptions in other cities.

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Upcoming debates need to get past the Trump circus

    A welcome if unexpected repercussion of the first Republican presidential debate is the pressure on the next debate's moderators to demand more prescriptions and less bombast from Donald Trump.

    The tough questions posed by the Fox News anchors drew ugly pushback from Trump, but they elevated the debate beyond a boring jumble of self-promoting recitations from the other nine candidates, each limited to a few spotlight minutes.

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Introducing Donald Trump, Diplomat

Donald Trump gives me his Grumpy Cat look.

    I’m sitting in his office in Trump Tower high above Fifth Avenue, next to a wall plastered with framed magazine covers giving the effect of an infinity mirror, his face endlessly multiplying — including an old Playboy with the real estate mogul slyly smiling next to a comely bunny.

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The Frontier Chocolatier

    In the arid hills that rim this remote town of just 327 people, Tim Kellogg spent countless hours with cattle: feeding them, herding them, even helping them give birth. He was a cowboy through and through.

    In his shop on the sleepy main street, which could almost pass for the set of a Western, he toiled just as arduously at a mixer and a stove, fashioning one decadent truffle after another. He was a chocolatier, too.

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The Junk Politics of 2015

    When you eat a bowl of Simply Granola in the morning, you may think you’re making a healthy start to the day, courtesy of Quaker Oats. But you’re taking in the amount of sugar in almost four Oreo cookies.

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