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September 4th, 2014

Why I let my children walk to the corner store - and why other parents should, too

    Of all the adventures my lucky children had this summer - swimming in two oceans, hanging out on their bearded uncle's commercial salmon fishing boat, endless popsicles - the biggest one, they told me, was just 495 feet away in their own Washington, D.C., neighborhood.

    They got to walk to the corner store on Capitol Hill by themselves. Clutch your pearls, America. The boys are 7 and 10. Apparently, I could be arrested for this.

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Ferguson reveals blacks' unfinished journey

    The tragic shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked an intense debate about the state of race relations in America, but there's little indication much will change.

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Wrong Way Nation

    Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is running for president again. What are his chances? Will he once again become a punch line? I have absolutely no idea. This isn't a horse-race column.

    What I'd like to do, instead, is take advantage of Perry's ambitions to talk about one of my favorite subjects: interregional differences in economic and population growth.

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A Funeral in Ferguson

    Two weeks after the killing of Michael Brown, we have become painfully familiar with his parents through their public appearances and television interviews, their faces drawn, their sorrow apparent.

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August 28th

Obamacare, beyond the label

    The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall's elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that "Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats."

    So how's that Obamacare thing working out for the GOP?

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After Ferguson's fires, vote next time

    Televised scenes of fires and looters ravaging storefront buildings in Ferguson, Missouri brought flashbacks in my memory to other urban riots a half-century ago -- and to lessons that Ferguson officials failed to learn.

    Among them: Never underestimate the power of police brutality to enflame black communities.

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A legacy in question

    I've thought for some time that the Obama administration could look better in the rearview mirror of history than it does in the bumpy ride of the day to day. That may still turn out to be correct.

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Order vs. Disorder, Part 3: Why Chaos Is Expanding

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Colleges' dirty little secret: Adjunct professors

    We are the stoop laborers of higher education: adjunct professors.

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Black, White and Baseball

    If you were looking last week for a thread of hope amid all the hurt in America and savagery abroad, for something to thrill to and cheer about, this is where you found it, on a baseball diamond in central Pennsylvania that really did amount to a field of dreams.

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