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October 8th, 2015

Too Many Bushes Spoil the Broth

    Happiness is being on the Jeb Bush campaign mailing list. Recent highlights:

    Sept. 27 — Columba Bush emailed to say she wants me to get to know the Jeb she knows, who is a person of principle. Also very tall. “But Friend, no one is going to see that side of him if he misses his critical End of Quarter fundraising goal of $200,000.”

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Trying To Take Down Hillary

    To hardly anybody's surprise, it turns out that the "vast right-wing conspiracy" has been right in front of our eyes. Always was, actually. Or maybe you thought a seventh Benghazi investigation lasting as long as the Pearl Harbor and JFK assassination probes combined was exactly what America needed.

    And no, Rep. Kevin McCarthy's (R-Calif.) politically disastrous admission wasn't wrung out of him by a trick question.

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Let's focus on the gun makers

    It's not just Congress that fails to respond after another massacre briefly focuses attention on the irrationality and permissiveness of our country's firearms statutes. Those of us seeking change also regularly fall down on the job. We express outrage and move on, leaving the debate exactly where we found it.

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Political War All the Time

    There is a time for war and a time for peace, according to the book of Ecclesiastes and The Byrds. In the contest to replace John Boehner as speaker of the House, the Republican candidates chose to sell themselves as full-time political warriors. Forget about the national interest. Their job, as they have framed it, is to smite Democrats.

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October 6th

Racial inequality even affects how long we wait for the doctor

    To medicine's long list of racial disparities, add this: Minorities wait much longer to see the doctor.

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Schools are hurting kids by banning rough play

    No roughhousing. No superhero games. No turning your fingers -- or your Pop-Tart-- into a make-believe gun. No tag. And certainly no dodgeball.

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The Case for Compromise

    In March, Moms Clean Air Force, a grass-roots environmental group co-founded by Dominique Browning, was tossed out of a coalition called Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. Its heresy was supporting a Senate bill that constituted the first serious revision in nearly 40 years of the woefully outdated Toxic Substances Control Act.

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Obama is right to be cautious on Syria

    Contrary to popular belief, President Obama does have a plan for Syria. It's just not one that promises to have much immediate impact on the course of the brutal civil war.

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Symbol of surrender to the gun lobby

    A metaphor for a nation: Terrified students hustle across a school parking lot, their hands in the air.

    It happened the other day at Umpqua Community College in Oregon: hands in the air. It happened at Columbine High School. It happened at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois and Central Arkansas.

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Twisted Social Media and Mass Murder

    The first details about the mass killer at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon, were that he was a young man, lonely and full of hate. Of course he was. They all are.

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