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December 11th

Marion Barry's mourners recall him fondly

    In the summers of their youth, they worked as a groundskeeper, a rec department counselor, a youth leadership organizer, a crossing guard, a nurse.

    Marion Barry gave them those jobs. That's what you'll hear most anytime you talk to native Washingtonians of a certain age: "Marion Barry gave me my first summer job."

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Democrats Against Reform

    It's easy to understand why Republicans wish health reform had never happened and are now hoping that the Supreme Court will abandon its principles and undermine the law. But it's more puzzling - and disturbing - when Democrats like Charles Schumer, senator from New York, declare that the Obama administration's signature achievement was a mistake.

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Black men: Beware of police officers

    It's one of the best-known lines of any English-language poet -- Robert Burns' reflection on the upper-class church lady who doesn't realize there's a louse crawling around on her bonnet. "O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us, To see oursels as ithers see us!"

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Are Americans Turning Post-Materialistic?

    In 1916, Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia sponsored a children's parade with heralds, a brass band, Jack the Giant Killer, clowns, girls as snowflakes, boys as silver stars and Santa Claus transported by four Eskimos to his throne in the Royal Red Theater -- every morning it was open during the Christmas season. You don't get that on Facebook.

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Will new Congress intensify partisan strife?

    With barely a week to go before another government shutdown could be upon us, the Republican leaders in Congress vow it won't happen this time. They have been huddling over ways to avert it, while other congressional Republicans plot other ways to continue their effort to undermine the presidency of Barack Obama in the little time he has left.

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Why I stopped shaming online harassers

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Too Big to Ignore

    Three years after the Occupy movement first directed long-overdue attention to the scourge of inequality in America, the gulf between rich and poor has gotten too big for even the Federal Reserve to ignore.

    As Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen recently pointed out, half of us now own a mere 1 percent of America’s household wealth.

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Sometimes A Tragedy Is Just That

    Sometimes a tragedy is just a tragedy, and not necessarily a melodrama pitting good against evil. No heroes, no villains, just a terrible misfortune and a damned shame.

    We accept that when people are killed by tornadoes. Otherwise, however, many prefer the illusory comforts of a well-told tale -- particularly one that reflects favorably upon their own ethnic tribe or political cohort, and unfavorably upon others.

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Operation Endless War

    Only a few months ago, President Barack Obama announced the good news that our combat role in Afghanistan — the longest war in U.S. history — would finally end by New Year’s Day.

    Put away that champagne.

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Of Taxes, Pigs and Congress

    Great news! After a year of hapless floundering, Congress appears well on its way to passing a major tax bill that will be signed by President Barack Obama.

    The bill, which the House approved on Wednesday, takes 50-odd expired tax breaks and extends them - for several weeks.

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