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January 22nd, 2015

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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License Plates Are Not Bumper Stickers

    A group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans has asked Texas to issue a license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, which many consider an emblem of slavery. Texas said no, and the sons are suing because the state accepts other messages for specialty plates.

    The sons have a point.

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The community college cause

    Permit me to declare my bias: I came to revere community colleges for very personal reasons and learned to admire them because they are central to restoring social and economic mobility in our nation.

    My late mother spent most of her work life as a teacher and a librarian. Her passions were to get every kid she encountered to love reading and to encourage students to become the first in their families to seek higher education.

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Pope Francis rattles political conservatives in U.S.

    In the Reagan era, conservative Republicans felt they had a powerful ally in Pope John Paul II, whose forceful anti-communism and anti-abortion stances played out in American politics.

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