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January 22nd, 2015

AWOL in Paris: What was Obama thinking?

    One song President Obama probably isn't singing to himself right now is "The Last Time I Saw Paris."

    In failing to put in an appearance at the mass street demonstration against the dark cloud of terrorism that has just visited the City of Light, he has brought on more allegations at home and abroad of aloofness and lack of empathy.

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An Islamic Reformer, Lashed

    As one group of Islamic militants was waging war in Paris, another was slaughtering vast numbers of civilians in Baga in northern Nigeria - as many as 2,000, according to Amnesty International; "only" 150, according to the Nigerian government.

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A New Year and Another Country

    I spent the last three months of 2014 in another country. Over the course of those months, I was hospitalized five times in two different hospitals. (Spoiler for my worried friends: I'm OK, well, on the mend and writing again.) I had visiting nurses and caretakers and family meetings and all the things you have in that other world, which is the world of the ill.

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We Need Another Giant Protest

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To the future? Who needs roads?

    It’s 2015, you know, and a tea party fantasy looks to be realized.

    No, we’re not talking about Republican control of both houses of Congress. We’re talking about the fantasy that begat a sequel to “Back to the Future.”

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Mitt and the Melee

    There's an adage in my business that it's not news when a dog bites a man, only when a man bites a dog.

    By that reasoning, the political story of the year so far is Paul Ryan's announcement that he will not run for president.

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A side effect of adult drug use is lonely kids

    Inside the camp activity room there were cheerful posters on the wall, long windows that opened to sweeping, wintry views of the Chesapeake Bay and a couple dozen boisterous tweens.

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College Moneyball: Football Playoff System Created Many Winners

    Writing this column on Monday afternoon, I can only guess at the final score of the big game between Ohio State and Oregon. But I certainly know who the winners are in this first ever "true" national championship college football game.

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What change sounds like

    When he opened the 114th Congress, House Speaker John Boehner declared that "too many are working harder only to lose ground to stagnant wages and rising costs."

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January 15th

Returning to the familiar

    Run, Mitt, run! You too, Jeb, and please bring along the whole roadshow of perennial Republican also-rans. Across the aisle: Go for it, Hillary! What all of you see so clearly is that the nation desperately wants to be led forward into the past, or back to the future, or something.

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