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November 20th, 2014

The Fable of Rand Paul

    "The most interesting man in politics" is what Politico Magazine crowned Rand Paul in September, when it placed him at the top of a list of 50 people to keep an eye on. And Time magazine used those exact six words, in that exact order, next to a photograph of Paul on its cover last month.

    The adjective bears notice. Interesting. Not powerful. Not popular. Not even influential.

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When Whites Just Don't Get It, Part 4

    When I write about racial inequality in America, one common response from whites is eye-rolling and an emphatic: It's time to move on.

    "As whites, are we doomed to an eternity of apology?" Neil tweeted at me. "When does individual responsibility kick in?"

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Who Are We?

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Autism and solitary

    Reginald Latson's path to solitary confinement began four years ago as he waited for the public library to open in Stafford County, Va.

     Latson, known as Neli, has an IQ of 69 and is autistic. Teachers and therapists describe him as generally sweet and eager to please.

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Lincoln's vice-presidential switch changed history

    The other day I found myself at the famous Abraham Lincoln Bookshop here, talking about my latest effort, a history on the evolution of the American vice presidency. The visit brought to mind a little-discussed Lincoln story in the book that I will convey here in necessarily abbreviated form.

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Obama and the other electorate

    House Speaker John Boehner has said that President Obama would "poison the well" for legislative action on immigration reform by unilaterally issuing executive orders. But how can you poison a well that has already been filled with partisan cyanide?

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Obama's new attitude: Don't back down

    With only two years left in his final term -- and after a stinging rebuke to his party in the midterm elections, the president is showing a new attitude: No more Mr. Nice Guy.

    First he threw down a challenge on the immigration issue. After years of setbacks and delays, Obama boldly vowed to take executive action to protect as many as 6 million undocumented immigrants from fear of deportation.

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When Government Succeeds

    The great American Ebola freakout of 2014 seems to be over. The disease is still ravaging Africa, and as with any epidemic, there's always a risk of a renewed outbreak. But there haven't been any new U.S. cases for a while, and popular anxiety is fading fast.

    Before we move on, however, let's try to learn something from the panic.

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Boehner's stall on immigration

    Oh, please. All the melodramatic Republican outrage isn't fooling anybody. The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won't.

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End the Game on Immigration Reform

    President Obama's plan to bypass Congress in shielding millions of immigrants from deportation is not the best way to do immigration reform. But if confrontation is what it takes to get House Republicans off their rear ends and deal with the problem, so be it.

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