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July 3rd, 2014

Defending Free Tuition in the Big Apple

    In May, students and professors at Cooper Union — an art, architecture, and engineering college in New York City — filed a lawsuit against the school’s Board of Trustees.

    Known as the Committee to Save Cooper Union, the group is pursuing legal action after the Board of Trustees announced plans to abolish the school’s 150-year tradition of providing free tuition for all students.

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Love of Country

    Every four years, at some point in the presidential campaign, one candidate says something that leads the other to accuse him (or her) of challenging his (or her) patriotism, and then we have a 48-hour spat over who called who unpatriotic, and then we go back to the usual political game in which talking heads viciously attack each other 24/7.

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New Iraq Offensive Backfires

    Republican opportunists hoping to score political points are hammering President Barack Obama with vitriolic criticism and blaming him for the latest upheaval in Iraq. So I was pleased when, finally, two Republicans spoke out loudly to deflect those partisan attacks.

    Thank you, Dick and Liz Cheney.

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Political Pop Quiz

    Happy July! Let's see how well you can do on this Halfway Through the Year Political Quiz:

    1. Chris Christie has spent several months wrestling with Bridgegate. One of the key players in the fiasco, David Wildstein, went to high school with the governor. Christie said that although they knew each other as teenagers ...

    A) "We had a different lunch period."

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Porsches, Potholes and Patriots

    The anti-tax crusader pulls out of his driveway in his Porsche, hoping that the neighbors are watching. He's proud that it's the most expensive car on his block. "That's the greatness of America," he muses. "That's what we should celebrate on July 4! I spend money so much more wisely than government."

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Republicans tentatively unfurl the impeachment flag

    Some Republicans in Congress, having wasted the 2012 election trying to get rid of President Obama with Obamacare as their bludgeon, are now talking about crippling him in the 2014 midterm cycle by crying impeachment.

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Risky Business in Ukraine

    Thanks to Iraq’s latest woes, it’s getting pretty hard to pay attention to all that unrest in the former Soviet Union.

    Remember those poor Ukrainians? All they want is to be independent and left alone. Or at least that’s what they claim.

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The High Cost of Cheap Shrimp

    The Guardian recently revealed shocking results from a six-month investigation of the Thai fishing industry: Much of the shrimp sold in American and British supermarkets were produced with slave labor.

    While shrimp sold to U.S. consumers hail from a number of different countries, including our own, Thailand is the world’s biggest shrimp supplier. Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods, the corporation at the heart of this story, is Thailand’s largest shrimp farmer.

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The Media vs. Hillary Clinton

    Exactly why the Washington press clique has always had it in for Hillary Clinton has never been entirely clear. Only that their collective sneer has been the single constant in her political career ever since she and Bill Clinton descended upon the capital from darkest Arkansas more than 20 years ago.

    That and her own dislike and mistrust of the press, which she makes only a perfunctory effort to hide. And boy, has she earned it.

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After Hobby Lobby

    It's not often that social and corporate conservatives come together, but the five right-of-center justices on the U.S. Supreme Court fashioned exactly this synthesis in their Hobby Lobby decision this week. In a religious freedom case related to birth control, the majority focused on the liberties of the company's owners, not of those who work for them.

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