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Date

April 17th, 2014

Three Expensive Miliseconds

    We're giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing in return.

    Four years ago Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, abruptly canceled America's biggest and arguably most important infrastructure project, a desperately needed new rail tunnel under the Hudson River. Count me among those who blame his presidential ambitions, and believe that he was trying to curry favor with the government- and public-transit-hating Republican base.

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The Oldest Hatred, Forever Young

    Most of the hate crimes in the United States don't take the fatal form that the shootings in Kansas over the weekend did, and most aren't perpetrated by villains as bloated with rage and blinded by conspiracy theories as the person accused in this case, Frazier Glenn Miller. He's an extreme, not an emblem.

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A victory lap for Obamacare

    It's all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working.

    All the naysaying in the world can't drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature domestic achievement, is a real success. Republican candidates running this fall on an anti-Obamacare platform will have to divert voters' attention from the facts, which tell an increasingly positive story.

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Game of Drones

    It will be tough to go into the big battle against drones without the irrepressible Goose.

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Lessons Not Learned in Boston Bombing

    Airport gift shops throughout New England are piling "Boston Strong" T-shirts in vivid colors. "Boston Strong" became a rallying cry of solidarity after the terrorist bombing last year at the Boston Marathon.

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Not the Same Old, Same Old

    At first, the article in The Jerusalem Post last week seemed like the same old, same old: A picture of a ransacked Israel Defense Forces post in the West Bank. Then a quote from Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon: "The State of Israel will not tolerate such criminal activity, which is terrorism in all respects." Those Palestinians will never quit.

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Schools Should Teach Nowology

    Everyone has a strong opinion about education. But the controversies are always about the same topics: testing, teachers unions, funding, merit pay, vouchers/school choice, charter schools. Is college a smart investment? Is affirmative action fair? Has political correctness supplanted the basics?

    I keep waiting for someone to bring up Now. As in the study of now -- what's currently going on in the fields of politics, history, literature, mathematics, science -- everything.

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Weed vs. 'white lightning'

    Everyone has experienced the oddness of meeting up with a long-lost acquaintance after many years, only to find impressions downright strange.

    So it is with me and marijuana.

    At least the smell of marijuana, that is.

    Though long an advocate of its legalization, I’ve never inhaled it, except in the ambient sense.

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Bacon Is Not a Vegetable

    As a vegetarian, I have to walk a fine line.

    Really, I’m not judging you. But I often find it necessary to establish myself as “not a threat” to meat eaters. I also occasionally bump up against militant vegans.

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Can ethnic hate be a mental illness?

    In early April, the Anti-Defamation League offered some happy news about a very grim topic. It reported a "significant and encouraging decline" in anti-Semitic acts across America in recent years. Unfortunately, the new spirit of hope would not last long.

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