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February 26th, 2015

Honoring Our Presidents

    The headline that caught my attention on Presidents Day could not have been starker, colder: "Intense Republican Hate Is Skewing Obama Polls."

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GOP's new goal: A less-white party

    Republicans are starting to show some color again. The midterm election that swept Republicans into control of both houses of Congress also brought in the party's largest group of black lawmakers since Reconstruction: three.

    Hey, it's a start.

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Goosey as Ever

    Ready or not, the race is on — for president, I mean.

    Yes, Election Day is still nearly two years away, but the candidates are already on the loose. And they’re as goosey as ever.

    So far, the goosiest has been Mitt Romney.

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Forget the Stereotypes

    When an angry neighbor murdered three Muslim students in North Carolina, my Facebook feed lit up.

    Tragic, I thought, and I scrolled on.

    Then another post caught my eye. A Muslim friend cried out that the triple murder was a hate crime — and fumed that the news was reporting it as a “parking dispute.”

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A Gun on Every Corner

    Earlier this month - right between Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day - Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced a bill that would allow people from states with lax gun laws to carry their concealed weapons all around the country.

    The goal, Cornyn said in a news release, is to treat local gun permits "like drivers' licenses."

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Denmark's tragedy wasn't caused by liberalism

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Democracy Is in Recession

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College, Poetry and Purpose

    Over four decades at two universities, Anne Hall has taught thousands of students, enough to know that they come to college for a variety of reasons, with a variety of attitudes. Many are concerned only with jobs. Some are concerned chiefly with beer.

    All would like A's. And too many get them, she said, even from her, because a professor standing up to grade inflation is in a lonely place.

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Boehner's classroom run amok

    The House of Representatives seems to be trying mightily to make itself irrelevant, with Speaker John Boehner leading the effort. I can't help but think of the old proverb: "The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on."

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Is the Bush family brand a liability for Jeb's run?

    The legacy matchup -- Jeb versus Hillary -- has politics aficionados salivating, or recoiling, with the first 2016 presidential votes almost a year away.

    The former secretary of state, a prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination, won't simply be coronated, as some anticipate. Already, there are internal frictions in Clintonland that recall her 2008 campaign.

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