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Archive

Date

January 22nd, 2014

America Still Has Much To Learn From Elizabeth Smart

    If I had to describe Elizabeth Smart with a single adjective, that word would be "sane." If allowed a second, I'd add "courageous."

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Breeding Superbugs

    Can antibiotic medicines, long hailed as miracle drugs, be too much of a good thing? Yes.

    Two factors are at work here. First, bacteria (one of the earliest forms of life on Earth) are miracles in their own right, with a stunning ability to outsmart the antibiotic drugs through rapid evolution.

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How Brave Girls Helped Crack A Taboo

       NAIROBI, Kenya - For a window into rape culture, consider an 11-year-old girl named Flevian, who says that her grandfather has been raping her almost daily since she was in the first grade.

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Life According To Sam

    Sam Berns died last week, at the age of 17.

    I never knew him, but he touched my heart -- and those of so many others.

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More free trade means more inequality

    When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address this month, he will surely highlight the issue of growing economic inequality and argue for such remedies as raising the minimum wage. He may also put in a plug for the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement his administration is negotiating with 11 Pacific Rim nations and for fast-track legislation that would limit congressional input in the accord to facilitate its ratification.

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Re-Defining the Environment

    When American aid worker-turned essayist William Powers went to Bolivia, he found the Chiquitano indigenous people didn’t share our concept of “the environment.” How could a people living in one of the most pristine tropical forests in the world fail to grasp this?

    To us, the environment stands in contrast with the manmade, built world. There are homes and offices, roads and bridges, cars, trucks, warehouses — all manmade — and then there’s “the environment.”

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Robert Gates, the silent fox in the chicken coop

    One of the best and enduring aspects of presidential cabinets has been the willingness of many chief executives to appoint at least one member from the opposition party. The practice demonstrates bipartisanship and also gives the president access to views that may not always be offered by loyalist appointees.

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The Clear and Present Danger of Pentagon Contractors

    Hollywood covets action movies, especially the kind where our nation faces mortal danger.

    Sticking with a longstanding tradition, these flicks often feature alien invaders. Another common strain portrays terrorist networks seeking to destroy or take over our peace-loving land. Domestic conspiracies like the Bourne films comprise another pillar of this blockbuster genre.

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The Man On The Wall

    I've always thought that the reason Ariel Sharon was such an enduring presence in Israeli political life is that he personally reflected three of the most important states of mind that the state of Israel has gone through since its founding. At key times, for better and for worse, Sharon expressed and embodied the feelings of the Israeli Everyman as much, if not more, than any Israeli leader.

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The State Of The Speeches

    Let's discuss State of the State speeches.

    No wait! Don't go away! We can start with Chris Christie.

    This week, Christie gave his annual address, and everybody was wondering what he'd say about the traffic-jam scandal. It is possible the crowd of cameras set some kind of State of the State record.

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