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Date

September 4th, 2014

Sexism in the Senate

    "Man bites dog" is the classic definition of news. By that standard, "Male senator says something offensively sexist to female colleague" ought to be no news at all. If you're surprised or skeptical about the remarks recounted by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand -- well, there's only one explanation.

    You must be a man.

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Obama in the lion's den

    Addressing the annual American Legion convention in Charlotte earlier this week, President Obama sugar-coated his defense of selective use of military force by reciting what's been done to cope with the Department of Veterans Affairs' failures to deliver promised benefits to returning troops.

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New West Renaissance

    Just a teardrop down from the Continental Divide, in one of the most remote hideaways in the United States, is a place that should be called Hope. At 6,700 feet above sea level, Centennial Valley is high, mostly dry, and slack-jaw beautiful. The fact that there are more trumpeter swans here than people is a story that tells much about why the American West has never been more vibrant.

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Imagining Successful Schools

    What should teacher accountability look like?

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Humankind's Madness

    While there are always good, kind people among us we also have those at the opposite end of behavior. Perhaps my concern is my stage of life, or perhaps it is the ability to spread instantly all manner of behavior happening throughout the world. Have I been watching or listening to too many of those reports? Whatever it is we seem to have more than a fair share of atrocities.

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Diane Steps Down

    There were no ruffles or flourishes.

    Diane Sawyer stepped down as the anchor of "ABC World News" and the "face" of the network (her job to be effectively split between George Stephanopoulos and David Muir) with characteristic dignity, grace and understatement.

    And, OK, she still looks gorgeous.

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The Smallness of Being in Economy Class

    Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything.

    The middle class sees its stature shrinking in the global pecking order and in a culture that favors money over well-being. There can be no better example for this than the indignities of flying economy.

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The Fall of France

    François Hollande, the president of France since 2012, coulda been a contender. He was elected on a promise to turn away from the austerity policies that killed Europe's brief, inadequate economic recovery. Since the intellectual justification for these policies was weak and would soon collapse, he could have led a bloc of nations demanding a change of course. But it was not to be. Once in office, Hollande promptly folded, giving in completely to demands for even more austerity.

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Rick Perry's comeback headed off at the pass

    It was all going so well for Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- until the indictment. His efforts to move past a disastrous 2012 presidential run that had become a reliable punch line for a senior moment seemed to be working.

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Mitch McConnell's bromance with the Koch brothers

    Control of the U.S. Senate is the most important prize at stake in this year's mid-term elections. There are 36 Senate seats up for election -- 21 are held by Democrats, 15 by Republicans.