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September 4th, 2014

Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?

    Let's start with what we don't know: the precise circumstances under which a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.

    But here's what evidence does strongly suggest: Young black men in America suffer from widespread racism and stereotyping, by all society - including African-Americans themselves.

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Ignoring Due Process An Injustice To College Students

    Long ago and far away, a woman we hardly knew presented herself bruised and weeping on our doorstep one night. She told a vivid tale of woe. An old friend of our family she'd been dating had supposedly beaten her and thrown her down the stairs. Why she'd come to our house instead of police headquarters wasn't entirely clear.

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Greasing the Path to Military Intervention

    What explains the never-ending justifications for U.S. involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts? In a word: oil.

    Sure, President Barack Obama may have dropped food and water on that desolate Iraqi mountaintop out of humanitarian concern for the persecuted Yazidi minority. But he didn’t drop any bombs until Islamic State fighters began to threaten Kurdish oil supplies.

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Anti-Boehner faction heads back to Congress risking more turmoil

    The anti-Boehner faction is on the way back to Washington, and bringing reinforcements.

    Ten of the 12 House Republicans who didn't support John Boehner's 2013 selection as speaker are cruising to November victories, despite the business community's attempts to knock some of them off. Rep. Ted Yoho's primary victory in Florida Tuesday night completed the sweep, while the remaining two ran for the Senate and lost.

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A Prescription for Treating Runaway CEO Pay

    You’ve surely heard many things about the Affordable Care Act, including the website headaches that embarrassed the Obama administration during the new program’s rollout.

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When mistakes become deadly

    To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we've seen so many times, can be fatal.

    The case of Michael Brown, who was laid to rest Monday, is anomalous only in that it is so extreme: an unarmed black teenager riddled with bullets by a white police officer in a community plagued by racial tension.

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The Drinker's Manifesto

    Across my desk recently came a reissue of the 1964 classic "The Drinking Man's Diet," a cute little volume that maintains that if you drink a bit you'll lose weight. Counterintuitive, because one of the things we think we know about alcohol is that it provides truly empty calories, which generally speaking cause weight gain (see, for example, soda).

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Security! Security! Brown skin alert

    How to describe Congressman Paul Ryan’s reaction when Ray Jose showed up at his Florida book signing?

    Let’s say it was like a vegetarian who, suitably bibbed for a suitable meal, sees a rack of lamb slide before him.

    Jose is an organizer for United We Dream, a political group made up of young people for whom the DREAM Act was written.

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I was on the front lines of the violence in Ferguson. Militarized police caused the chaos.

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Why I let my children walk to the corner store - and why other parents should, too

    Of all the adventures my lucky children had this summer - swimming in two oceans, hanging out on their bearded uncle's commercial salmon fishing boat, endless popsicles - the biggest one, they told me, was just 495 feet away in their own Washington, D.C., neighborhood.

    They got to walk to the corner store on Capitol Hill by themselves. Clutch your pearls, America. The boys are 7 and 10. Apparently, I could be arrested for this.

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