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February 26th, 2015

He was saved from an abusive father by a woman who broke the rules

    Yes, there are moments in our lives when someone says something that changes everything.

    "He's harmless," were those words for Michael Trotter Jr.

    Fatu Songowa drank in everything about the frightened boy when he and his mom arrived at her door almost 20 years ago before she made the decision to break the rules and take him in.

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Dwarfed by one Himalaya of a lie

    As any track athlete knows, after training at high altitude, distance running at lower levels barely shocks the system.

    This explains, in part, why I’ve not read up much on the lie attributed to NBC’s Brian Williams. It was a behemoth, apparently. I just can’t bring myself to know any more about it.

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Beware Too Much Religion

    Far be it for me to denigrate religion but all too often in the political world there is too much of a good thing. As a disclaimer, I will note that I am deeply involved and active in an established church. The liberal kind, of course, that does not demand that its views be forced on all.

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We would miss Obamacare

    Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it's actually done?

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February 19th

The subversive James Comey

    In the days of the civil rights movement, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was focused not on the quest for justice but on his fear of Communists.

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Weimar on the Aegean

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Making sense of news by making fun of it

    "Did I die?" That's how "The Daily Show's" host Jon Stewart opened his program on the evening after he announced that he was walking away from it after 16 years.

    The "weird" coverage of his departure felt like reading his own obituary.

    Enjoy it, Jon. People don't really appreciate you until they lose you.

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Another reluctant warrior in the White House

    President Obama's latest war strategy makes one wonder: Is another Woodrow Wilson in the Oval Office debating with himself about how to meet the existential threat that faces him?

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A war authority both parties dislike

    It may be the triumph of hope over headlines to imagine that a Congress currently incapable of funding the Department of Homeland Security could pass a new war authorization.

    Funding DHS should be a no-brainer. Crafting a new authorization for the use of military force is fraught with bipartisan disagreements over scope, and further complicated by Republican distrust of President Obama.

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A Kaffeeklatsch on Race

    In our collective imaginations, we tend to conceive of the constantly called-for "national conversation on race" as having the formality of some grand conclave of consciousness - an American Truth and Reconciliation equivalent, a spiritual spectacle in which sins are confessed and blame taken and burdens lifted.

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