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April 8th, 2015

Jerry Brown's latest water woes

    California Gov. Jerry Brown has reason to appreciate the saying that what goes around, comes around. Some 38 years after coping with a massive drought in the Golden State in his first governorship, he's beleaguered again by the same natural disaster.

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Hatred in the name of God

    From the beginning of recorded history, religious zealots have performed all kinds of atrocities -- from genocide to pure bigotry -- in the name of God. And the shocking fact is, they're still at it. Today, Islamic extremists in the Middle East behead captives in the name of Mohammed. Today, Christian extremists in the United States deny service to gay and lesbian Americans in the name of Jesus, just like they once used the Bible to justify slavery and segregation.

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And Now, Political Virgins

    On Tuesday in Texas, the state House of Representatives voted to take $3 million earmarked for prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and spend it instead on abstinence-only sex education. It was a fascinating moment - particularly when the sponsor of the motion, a Republican named Stuart Spitzer, told the House that he had been a virgin until he got married at age 29.

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The freedom comedians really need

    The debate over tweets Trevor Noah, the new host of "The Daily Show," sent in earlier years has resurrected a debate that's become a regular feature of conversations about pop culture.

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The Anarchy Of 'Religious Liberty'

    It's a good thing Americans have no serious problems, because the time and energy we expend fighting over symbolic issues could become a problem. Sure, symbols can be important. The swastika is a symbol, also the U.S. flag. But this week's farcical casus belli involves a couple of spectacularly ill-conceived "religious freedom" statutes in Indiana and Arkansas.

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Suing Over Soft Sexism Can Hold Women Back

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Power and Paychecks

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Postal banking could make the postal system's troubles worse

    With President Barack Obama's strong support, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched a regulatory crackdown on payday lending, the short-term, high-cost loans that lower-income people use to cope with cash crunches - at the risk, critics say, of trapping themselves in a cycle of unpayable debt.

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Indiana Loses Its Game

    Last year Indiana chose "Honest to Goodness Indiana" as its new tourism slogan. Not everyone was charmed. Some critics said they'd have preferred something more cosmopolitan. Although it doesn't seem likely they'd have been happier with the runners-up, one of which was "Seasoned Just Right."

    Now, however, the slogan makes a kind of sense, especially if you throw in a little punctuation:

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Don't wreck religious liberty's brand

    We are all obsessed with our brands these days, and no one more so than states competing fiercely for jobs and businesses. Some of them are quickly learning that being seen as anti-gay is dangerous to their images.

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