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December 11th

The tyranny you haven't heard about

    You could call it a stealth North Korea: a country in the same league of repression and isolation as the Hermit Kingdom, but with far less attention paid to its crimes.

    The country is Uzbekistan, one of the Central Asian nations that emerged out of the wreckage of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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The NCAA's Big Bluff

    Not long after the NCAA came down on Penn State three years ago, after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, a small group of rabid Penn State supporters began circulating emails to each other. A few journalists were also among those receiving the emails, myself included.

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Once a cop, now an outcast: A Chinese tale of abuse and a craving for justice

    For 12 years, the dark blue police uniform has stayed in Tian Lan's closet.

    She held onto it after she was arrested for accusing two fellow officers of corruption, through beatings in interrogation and during a prison sentence that followed. She kept the uniform even as she lost her family and savings and began sleeping under a bridge.

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Indigestion over the Obama girls

    On the subject of the Obama girls' supposedly disrespectful behavior at the Thanksgiving turkey pardoning: not even close to unpardonable. As my teenaged daughters would say to the Republican congressional staffer who took to Facebook to take off after Sasha and Malia: Hello? Have you, like, ever even met a teenager?

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December 4th

'The Imperial Congress'

    President Obama issued a veto threat last week against a corporate tax-cutting orgy that promised the world to many powerful interests but did little for the middle class and nothing for low-income Americans. The president's move was singularly useful. It should be a sign of things to come.

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Reginald Latson deserves treatment, not prison

    Two obstacles stand in the way of getting Reginald Latson, autistic and with an IQ of 69, out of the solitary confinement in which he's been held for most of the last year and into the treatment facility that he needs.

    The first is Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who says he is an involuntary obstacle, sympathetic to Latson's plight but with hands tied, at least for now, because of a pending assault charge against Latson.

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Push for constitutional convention gathers steam

    Rising frustration with Washington and conservative electoral victories across much of the U.S. are feeding a movement in favor of something America hasn't done in 227 years: Hold a convention to rewrite the Constitution.

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Obama asserts 'no boots on the ground,' but others dissent

    President Obama's firm determination that no more American combat forces will be introduced in the Middle East battlefield may well thwart his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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A local racial clash, a national tragedy

    When my fellow critics of Ferguson, Missouri police are reduced to arguing not whether but how hard Michael Brown hit police officer Darren Wilson, I think it is time to rethink what this scandal is all about or, more pointedly, what it should be about.

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When Whites Just Don't Get It, Part 5

    We Americans are a nation divided.

    We feud about the fires in Ferguson, Missouri, and we can agree only that racial divisions remain raw. So let's borrow a page from South Africa and impanel a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine race in America.

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