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Date

January 1st, 2015

Unzipping the Elizabeth Warren Package

    They like her style. Many liberals adore Elizabeth Warren's populist passion for denouncing predatory conduct by Wall Street -- and her linking it to growing income inequality.

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The Pope, Beyoncé and Me

    There was a Christmas Eve a little more than a decade ago when I did something that was, for me, rare, at least on a holiday typically spent in full-party mode, with booze, food, family and friends. I went to church.

    No one had died. No one was getting married or baptized. This visit was entirely volitional - and, I told myself, ornamental, which was true to a point.

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Santa helps stores ward off Amazon

    It's 5 p.m. at Nordstrom's flagship store in downtown Seattle, and there's a 2 1/2-hour wait to see Santa Claus.

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Pursuing Justice for All

    He is prisoner No. 260. He stares into the camera for his mug shot, head cocked, eyes forlorn of hope. It is the kind of picture that haunts.

    He is 14. His name is George Stinney Jr. He is a child, someone's baby.

    He is a black boy arrested in the murder of two white girls in the rural town of Alcolu, South Carolina.

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People summon holiday spirit and amazing things happen

    The checklist of things we do to make ourselves jolly can make us a little crazy instead.

    Pictures with Santa, Black Friday mortal combat to get a TV too big for our homes, arranging the decorations, plugging in the Griswold-size light displays, baking cookies, mailing cards, and on it goes.

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OPEC Loses Its Clout

    Six years ago, the price of oil went on an incredible roller-coaster ride. In January 2008, oil hovered around $90 a barrel. By July, it had reached $147 a barrel. By the end of the year, it had plunged to under $35 a barrel.

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Liberian 4-year-old suspected of having Ebola endures perilous trek for help

    Darius Bondo was suspected of having Ebola, but no ambulance was coming. Three rivers and a rain forest uncut by roads lay between the skinny 4-year-old in a remote village and transportation to a treatment center.

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Is Vacation Over?

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Hollywood struggles to reflect its audience

    With critical praise for the civil rights drama "Selma," Chris Rock's comedy "Top Five," and the social satire "Dear White People," it looks as if Hollywood has been on a roll this year producing movies showcasing black casts and black directors.

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Conquest Is for Losers

    More than a century has passed since Norman Angell, a British journalist and politician, published "The Great Illusion," a treatise arguing that the age of conquest was or at least should be over. He didn't predict an end to warfare, but he did argue that aggressive wars no longer made sense - that modern warfare impoverishes the victors as well as the vanquished.

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