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April 13th, 2014

A Wit For All Seasons

    I don't remember much about being on Stephen Colbert's show.

    It all passed in a blur of fear.

    I remember him coming into the makeup room to remind me that he was going to be in character as a jerk.

    I remember that he held up my book about gender and asked if it was "soft-core porn."

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A program conservatives should love

    We are at a point where we will soon have vicious ideological debates over motherhood and apple pie.

    Don't laugh. If we can agree on anything across our philosophical divides, surely we can support efforts to promote voluntary service by our fellow citizens and to strengthen our nation's extraordinary network of civic and religious charities.

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Democrats' revolting equal-pay demagoguery

    Here's a radical notion: It is simultaneously possible to believe that women are entitled to equal pay and to not support the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    Not that you'd know it from the rhetoric President Obama and fellow Democrats are happily flinging at Republicans who dare to oppose the measure.

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April 9th

GM's Cobalt Crisis

    The Chevrolet Cobalt is in many ways the perfect representation of the bad, old days of General Motors, when quality didn't much matter, market share was more important than profitability, and financial decisions came before design and even safety decisions.

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The Water Cooler Runs Dry

    If you're closing in on 50 but want to feel much, much older, teach a college course. I'm doing that now, at 49, and hardly a class goes by when I don't make an allusion that prompts my students to stare at me as if I just dropped in from the Paleozoic era.

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Jeb In The Vortex

    The epic sibling drama of the Republican Party is finally coming to a climax.

    For many years, George and Barbara Bush assumed that their second son, Jeb, would be a winner in politics, while W., their eldest, would be a loser.

    Jeb was the prince of the dynasty, destined to be king. (Poppy Bush would only call their dynasty "the d word," wrinkling his nose in a vain attempt to seem like a Greenwich populist.)

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On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

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Playing Hockey With Putin

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Share the torture report

    Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation's most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke.

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US and Canada: Together at Last?

    What country do Americans overwhelmingly like the most? Canada.

    What country do Canadians pretty much like the most? America.

    What country has the natural resources America needs? Canada.

    What country has the entrepreneurship, technology and defense capability Canada needs? America.

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