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July 23rd, 2015

Europe's leaders are now proud owners of the Greek disaster

    The first thing to understand about the deal forced on Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday is that it resolves nothing. The protracted and avoidable crisis that this compact supposedly concludes may even get worse, and at best will drag on for many weeks and months yet.

     The second thing to understand is that the agreement, and the manner of getting to it, call into question the whole European project.

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Captives of commerce in a shooting gallery

    We now know that racist trigger man Dylan Roof should not have been able to purchase a firearm. The FBI’s background check system should have blocked it based on felony drug charges.

    To this, a Facebook post announced, “Proof positive that making it harder to purchase guns will not make it harder for criminals to acquire guns.”

    Proof? Positive?

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Walker tests tea party's seriousness

    Scott Walker, who formally entered the 2016 presidential race Monday, is where he has been for months. Along with Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, he's one of the three most likely to win the Republican nomination.

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The Grin of a Fool: Gun Control and the NRA

    A white racist with strong sympathies for the Confederacy and segregation walks into a black church in Charleston, S.C., talks with a welcoming congregation for about an hour, and then murders nine of them. The response by the nation is to discuss the Confederate battle flag, and why it should be removed from society.

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Shale Gas and Climate Change

    Every columnist has his or her “go to” sources, people we rely on for their deep understanding of a particular subject, and a mode of thinking about that subject we find persuasive. For me, one such person is Michael Levi, a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Hillary Clinton's economic bet

    Will the 2016 presidential campaign continue to be held hostage to Trump-mania and stories about a rope separating Hillary Clinton and journalists at a New Hampshire parade?

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German waterboarding delivers doomsday to Greece

    After months of deadlines that turned out not to matter and final demands that weren't met, the threat of a one-way ticket from the euro seems to have finally persuaded Greece to capitulate to its creditors. For all of France's diplomatic scrambling last week to help Greece craft a settlement, it also turned out that there's really only one voice that matters in Europe -- and it speaks from Berlin.

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July 16th

Trump and Sanders knock expected party narratives off course

            A 2016 presidential longshot in each party contest -- Donald Trump in the Republican and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic -- is currently applying pressures on the other candidates, but in distinctly different ways.

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'Public moralist' Cosby's iconic fall

            Suddenly Bill Cosby has become the Confederate battle flag of the entertainment world. Everybody seems to want to take him down.

            For months the iconic showman's defenders have tried to dismiss the parade of women who have accused the now 77-year-old of drugging, raping and otherwise sexually molesting them.

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Heresy Or Heritage

            That flag is down in South Carolina but the brouhaha continues. It took a long time to get to this point so we can expect the hullabaloo to be with us for many months, even years, to come. The diehards will see to that.

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