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January 8th, 2015

GOP rebukes David Duke, but not his voters

    Just when I thought David Duke had gone the way of the Betamax, buggy whips and record stores, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, Republican politician and jailbird has re-emerged to haunt the new Republican-controlled Congress.

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Are Two Dynasties Our Destiny?

    Jeb and Hillary. Hillary and Jeb. It's getting to the point where a mention of one yields a reference to the other, where they're semantically inseparable, presidentially conjoined. Should we just go the extra step, save ourselves some syllables and keystrokes? The 2016 matchup as envisioned by many: Jebary. Or, more economically still, Heb.

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Turkey's witch hunt

When I first appeared in court after raid a month ago on my newspaper in Istanbul and 80 hours of detention, I asked the judge: "Two columns and a news report: Is that all the evidence against me?" The judge replied, "Yes." It surely was an "I rest my case" moment for me - as well as for the dismal state of Turkish democracy under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The GOP's bad habit

    Here's some advice for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that also applies to the Republican Party in general: If you don't want to be associated in any way with white supremacists and neo-Nazis, then stay away from them.

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Martin came, Reddit conquered. Now what?

    A day before he was to speak at Harvard, Erik Martin was walking his 5-year-old mutt, Mog, down a few Brooklyn streets to a park.

    Martin is in roomy blue jeans that fall over faded blue Nike sneakers. A few weeks ago, he was managing Reddit, one of the largest websites in the world. Now, he's unemployed.

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Mario Cuomo's airborne lesson in sexual tolerance

    It was 1983, and the newly elected governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, was flying on a small state plane from upstate down to the New York City. Tim Russert, his brilliant young press secretary, and I, a political journalist, were with him.

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Hillary Versus History

    When Hillary Clinton thinks about running for president, do you think she contemplates the fact that no Democrat has been elected to succeed another Democrat since James Buchanan in 1856?

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Disentangling feminism from the fad of feminism

    Last year was an immense year for feminism.

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Twin Peaks Planet

    In 2014, soaring inequality in advanced nations finally received the attention it deserved, as Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" became a surprise (and deserving) best-seller. The usual suspects are still in well-paid denial, but, to everyone else, it is now obvious that income and wealth are more concentrated at the very top than they have been since the Gilded Age - and the trend shows no sign of letting up.

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Questioning our questions

    It is a mark of our pluralistic moment that I learned of an old joke among rabbis from the writings of a great Christian scholar, Jaroslav Pelikan.

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