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Date

March 26th, 2014

Will Putin bring us together?

    Vladimir Putin's grab of Crimea has exposed the paradoxes in American attitudes toward foreign policy.

     Congress has been unusually united in condemning the Russian leader's aggression and calling for his isolation. His belligerent offensive has been denounced by such liberals as Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and by many conservatives, including Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

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Yawning at Anonymous Posts

    Beats me how new apps like "Secret" and "Whisper" are going to make big money. Presumably, that is the objective of their Silicon Valley creators.

    These apps combine social networking with anonymity. "Secret," for example, lets people post anonymous messages to those on their contact list who've also signed on with "Secret."

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A footnote in presidential history

    In reporting the death at 86 the other day of Howard "Bo" Callaway, a former Secretary of the Army in the Nixon and Ford administrations, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution called him "the first superstar" of the Georgia Republican Party. In 1966, he was the first Republican to run for governor since Reconstruction days.

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Antiabortion forces shouldn't target families, individuals

    Is it fair to post an online database of names, photos, home addresses and telephone numbers of abortion protesters?

    A Maryland-based group, Voice of Choice, did just that: It created an online map of more than 150 protesters across the nation who target doctors and health centers that provide legal abortions, complete with all the personal information it could find on each one.

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Creativity Vs. Quants

    Here's how John Lennon wrote "Nowhere Man," as he recalled it in an interview that ran just before he was murdered in 1980: After working five hours trying to craft a song, he had nothing to show for it. "Then, 'Nowhere Man' came, words and music, the whole damn thing as I lay down."

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Into the Twilight Zone

    Let me go out on a limb: The Malaysian airliner did not get sucked into a black hole, vanish over the Indian Ocean equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle or crash-land on the spooky island from "Lost."

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Paul Ryan, Culture and Poverty

    Paul Ryan continues to be flogged for disturbing comments he made last week about men "in our inner cities" and their "culture" of not working.

    In a radio interview with Bill Bennett, Ryan said, "We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with."

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He Was Supposed to Take a Photo

    One of Raven Kaliana's first, hazy memories is of her parents taking her to a professional photo studio, telling her to be good, and then leaving her with a child pornographer. In front of a camera, a man raped her.

    She thinks she was 4 years old.

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Palmy Days for Jerry

    I ask Jerry if he's ready for Hillary.

    Back in 1992, when he ran for president against Bill Clinton, Jerry Brown was remorseless in taking on "Slick Willie," as he called him, and his wife, pelting them with accusations of corruption and conflicts-of-interest in Arkansas. In one seething exchange on the debate stage, Clinton snapped: "You ought to be ashamed of yourself for jumping on my wife. You're not worth being on the same platform as my wife."

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This Is What 80 Looks Like

    On Tuesday, Gloria Steinem turns 80.

    Do not bother to call. She's planning to celebrate in Botswana. "I thought: 'What do I really want to do on my birthday?' First, get out of Dodge. Second, ride elephants."

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