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December 17th

Do You Vote What You Drink?

    Did you know that Democrats drink more than Republicans? Or that they are likelier to choose clear liquors, whereas Republicans tend toward the darker ones? That voters who skew most Republican favor Jim Beam? That those who skew most Democratic go for Seagram's gin?

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Young voters don't care about Hillary Clinton's age

    Hillary Clinton, if she decides to run for president, would be among the oldest contenders for the office. Nonetheless, she has strong appeal among younger Americans.

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What if Whites Were the Minority?

    In the responses to my "When Whites Just Don't Get It" series, I've been struck by the lack of empathy some whites show for members of minority groups. So imagine if the world were reversed. Then "the talk" might go like this:

    "Son, sit down. You're 13, old enough to have a conversation that I've been dreading."

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Torturing Obama’s Legacy

    An old bumper sticker offered a stinging response to the Bush-Cheney regime’s enthusiasm for waterboarding: “Impeach Bush,” it urged. “Torture Cheney.”

    Bush and Cheney escaped unscathed. The Senate has just released an astonishing report detailing the depths of their depravity, but neither is likely to end up before a judge.

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These Boots Were Made for Waiting

    Heads are finally rolling because of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ assorted waitlist scandals.

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The Senate torture report, Bush and Obama

    The Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, released a report Tuesday condemning the use of torture on detainees, claiming it entailed far more brutal conduct than the "enhanced interrogation techniques" previously disclosed, in quest of information that could have been obtained without it.

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The Season for Mindless Consumerism

    ‘Tis the season for mindless consumerism.

    I love giving gifts when they’re from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they’re things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation.

    Here’s a story that illustrates what I mean. Back in college, a friend of mine approached me and said, “I just want to give you a heads up, my new girlfriend bought you a gift.”

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Racial strife can lead to progress

    Big city mayors have to stay as neutral as possible when asked about disputes between their citizens and the police. But New York Mayor Bill de Blasio found his voice in a profoundly moving way when he responded not as a mayor, but as a parent.

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No Defense For Mistakes In Rolling Stone Rape Story

    Like the best crime fiction, Rolling Stone's infamous article about a purported gang rape at the University of Virginia was vividly written. I'm embarrassed to say that it almost convinced me.

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It's Cruel. It's Useless. It's the CIA

    We learned a lot from that big Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation tactics after 9/11. It was what may be the first time in U.S. history that the term "rectal hydration" appeared in family newspapers throughout the land.

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