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August 13th, 2015

From Trump on Down, the Republicans Can’t Be Serious

    This was, according to many commentators, going to be the election cycle Republicans got to show off their “deep bench.” The race for the nomination would include experienced governors like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, fresh thinkers like Rand Paul, and attractive new players like Marco Rubio. Instead, however, Donald Trump leads the field by a wide margin. What happened?

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Ethical Hunters Shocked by Cecil Story

    That picture of Cecil the lion's corpse and the American dentist posing triumphantly over it was ghastly. Cecil had apparently been lured out of a safe haven in Zimbabwe and illegally shot.

    It happens that the Cecil story appalled many of the hunting and fishing writers gathered here by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. The partnership represents sportsmen dedicated to maintaining wildlife habitats.

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What’s the End Game?

    I was researching a billionaire who made a fortune in the pomegranate business when I came across an old New Yorker article that opened a window into her life. Every minute of her day is booked in a life devoted to the constant quest for more money.

    It made me wonder: What for?

    As a financially struggling graduate student, I understand the desire for more money. Deeply.

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The Sentence They Don’t Tell You About

    Eight years ago I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program. I knew there’d be trouble, but I never could’ve predicted the years-long ordeal that followed.

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Sanders and diversity: A socialist in good company

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Running on Greed

    Donald Trump alienated millions of voters with his ugly attacks on Mexican immigrants and John McCain’s war record. But he rocketed to the top of GOP presidential polls anyway.

    Is Trump’s racism driving this surge? Maybe. But I’d argue it’s something else: his relentless, self-aggrandizing celebration of his own wealth.

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Making Life Harder for Pimps

    In the long struggle against sex trafficking, we finally have a breakthrough!

    It didn’t come from Congress, or the White House, from the courts or the police. Rather, it came from credit card companies: Pimps can no longer easily use American Express, Visa or MasterCard to pay for prostitution ads in which they sell 15-year-old girls as if they were pizzas.

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Holder Proves You Can Go Home Again

    Novelist Thomas Wolfe famously wrote: “You can’t go home again.” But Eric Holder has proven him wrong.

    Holder, who served as President Barack Obama’s attorney general until stepping down earlier this year, recently returned to his old home — Covington & Burling.

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Explaining the audacity of Trump

    Debating Donald Trump is like boxing with smoke. You may have the facts on your side, but for this Republican presidential candidate, facts are mostly beside the point.

    Take, for example, his recent slap at President Barack Obama's legacy. Americans won't elect another black president for a long time, Trump said in an interview on ABC News Sunday, because of Obama's "poor standard."

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Donald Trump, The Swaggering Blond Supervillain Of The GOP

    Back in 1957, when Donald Trump and I were both in middle school, I used to have this running argument with my grandfather, Bill Connors. A retired railroad worker and a drinking man, Pop lived in Elizabethport, New Jersey, a couple of blocks from where the tracks running down Broadway ended at the harbor.

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