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January 22nd, 2015

College Moneyball: Football Playoff System Created Many Winners

    Writing this column on Monday afternoon, I can only guess at the final score of the big game between Ohio State and Oregon. But I certainly know who the winners are in this first ever "true" national championship college football game.

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What change sounds like

    When he opened the 114th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner declared that "too many are working harder only to lose ground to stagnant wages and rising costs."

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January 15th

Returning to the familiar

    Run, Mitt, run! You too, Jeb, and please bring along the whole roadshow of perennial Republican also-rans. Across the aisle: Go for it, Hillary! What all of you see so clearly is that the nation desperately wants to be led forward into the past, or back to the future, or something.

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License Plates Are Not Bumper Stickers

    A group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans has asked Texas to issue a license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, which many consider an emblem of slavery. Texas said no, and the sons are suing because the state accepts other messages for specialty plates.

    The sons have a point.

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The community college cause

    Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation.

    My late mother spent most of her work life as a teacher and a librarian. Her passions were to get every kid she encountered to love reading and to encourage students to become the first in their families to seek higher education.

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Pope Francis rattles political conservatives in U.S.

    In the Reagan era, conservative Republicans felt they had a powerful ally in Pope John Paul II, whose forceful anti-communism and anti-abortion stances played out in American politics.

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Tamir Rice and the Value of Life

       An extended video released last week of the shooting death of Tamir Rice in Cleveland appears to show an unconscionable level of human depravity on the part of the officer who shot him, a stunning disregard for the value of his life and a callousness toward the people who loved him.

       His black life didn't seem to matter. But it does.

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Sorry, I am not 'Charlie'

    Je ne suis pas Charlie.

    I am not Charlie, although they have my sympathies and support.

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For the Love of Carbon

    It should come as no surprise that the very first move of the new Republican Senate is an attempt to push President Barack Obama into approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canadian tar sands. After all, debts must be paid, and the oil and gas industry - which gave 87 percent of its 2014 campaign contributions to the GOP - expects to be rewarded for its support.

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A Textbook Case of Willful Distortion

    HarperCollins says it’s sorry. It says it regrets not including Israel on a map of the Middle East in an atlas it published and distributed in the Middle East. It says all remaining copies of the atlas will be pulped.

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