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June 8th, 2014

The Hero and the Bad Guys

    On Saturday, Bowe Bergdahl was a hero, and the five members of the Taliban being freed in exchange for him were the worst of the worst.

    By the end of the week, it seemed that neither is actually true. The parade in Bergdahl's Idaho hometown was canceled. Four of the five aren't nice guys, but they aren't war criminals, either.

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June 4th

Guns and Mental Illness

    It is difficult to read stories about Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old man who went on a murderous spree in Isla Vista, California, last month, without feeling some empathy for his parents.

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The Theater Beyond the Clintons

    One of the many problems with our all-Hillary-all-the-time news fixation is the way it obscures other juicy Democratic dramas, shoving their stars into the wings.

    Andrew Cuomo, come on out to center stage. You deserve it, you sly, ruthless, freshly humbled man. She may have Bill, Benghazi, a new book and an imminent grandchild, but you deserve a moment of our time and a measure of our fascination.

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Big Money Behind a Big Merger

    There are plenty of reasons to worry about the proposal to combine Comcast, America's largest cable and broadband company, with Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable firm and third-largest broadband provider.

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Don't Harsh Our Mellow, Dude

    The caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar looked so innocent, like the Sky Bars I used to love as a child.

    Sitting in my hotel room in Denver, I nibbled off the end and then, when nothing happened, nibbled some more. I figured if I was reporting on the social revolution rocking Colorado in January, the giddy culmination of pot Prohibition, I should try a taste of legal, edible pot from a local shop.

    What could go wrong with a bite or two?

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Iraq's Best Hope

    I am a sucker for commencements, but this one filled me with many different emotions.

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Massachusetts, Not VA, Is Obamacare's Future

    Obamacare foes have portrayed the VA hospital scandal as a dystopian glimpse into the future of the Affordable Care Act. The temptation is understandable if one regards health care policy as just another battlefield for partisan strife.

    Not that the troubles at the Department of Veterans Affairs don't offer tough lessons for the other side. Supporters of government programs have an obligation to insist that said programs be efficiently run.

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Right step on coal plants

    Even for people who don't believe in it, climate change just got real. It's about time.

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Fast Food Giants Picking Their Workers’ Pockets

    No matter how small the haul, a thief is a thief, right?

    If a poverty-wage fast-food worker sneaks out a couple of burgers to take home to the kids, the bosses yell: “Thief!”

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Forging a Secret Legacy

    Edward Snowden is trying to set the record straight about what exactly he was doing before he blew the whistle on widespread government snooping.

    Back when he made headlines by sharing his revelations and opting to stay stuck in Russia rather than serving time in a U.S. prison, most journalists described the 29-year-old computer jock as some kind of geeky peon engaged in government contracting work. He says he was higher up the national security food chain.

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