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September 17th, 2015

U.S. organized labor may be lifting its head

    On the surface, this Labor Day holiday capped another dark year for U.S. unions and many working-class Americans.

    Union membership in the private sector is 6.6 percent; it was 16.8 percent 30 years ago. Union members accounted for 35.7 percent of public sector workers, down slightly from a decade earlier.

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Walls, Borders, a Dome and Refugees

    After Donald Trump proposed building a high wall all along the U.S.-Mexico border, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, not to be out-trumped, basically said, I see your wall and raise you one, stating that it was “legitimate” to consider building a wall along the 5,525-mile U.S.-Canada border as well.

    Well, I see both your walls — and raise you a dome.

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Compassion for Refugees Isn’t Enough

    Bravo to Pope Francis, Angela Merkel and so many ordinary Germans and Austrians who have welcomed refugees into their lands. Kudos to those American politicians acknowledging that we should accept more Syrian refugees — the U.S. has admitted only 1,500 since the war started four years ago, which is pathetic.

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Could Trump trade Latinos for blacks? Don't count on it

    For years Bruce Bartlett has been trying to help his fellow Republicans to reconcile their long-broken marriage with African-Americans. Timing has not always been his friend.

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Each party finds its frontrunner a dilemma

    With Labor Day behind them, the Republican and Democratic parties share the same discomfort. Each has a 2016 presidential frontrunner campaigning under a cloud of doubt over ultimate electability.

    Republican Donald Trump, for all his heady lead in the polls, lacks credibility as a president, particularly as a foreign policy neophyte with a reckless tongue.

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Humans Have More In Common With Other Mammals Than We Admit

    Suzanne delivered her first calf in a sleet storm, with 40 mph winds. Fearful that the baby wouldn't survive overnight, I took a big risk, lifting the heifer into my arms, backing out a gate and kicking it shut.

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Hurricane Francis

    Battles are raging over whether local government officials have a religious right to refuse to marry same-sex couples. And the federal government may shut down over a dispute concerning funding for Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion reproductive health services.

    As if those melodramas weren’t creating enough faith-tinged headaches, here comes Hurricane Francis.

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Missing the Forest for the AC

    Most of us care about conservation, at least a little. But sometimes we miss the forest for the trees — or in this case, the AC.

    Take the hostel I recently stayed at in California.

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My Brush with Elon Musk

    About five years ago, a close friend of mine and I had an idea for a television news program. As luck would have it, my friend had gone to high school with a guy who, at the time, just happened to be the president of NBC. We arranged to have drinks at a fancy hotel bar in Washington, just the three of us, to talk about the idea.

    That day, Mr. NBC called to say he was bringing a friend along. No problem, I said. The more the merrier.

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The Donald's dangerous brew

    Donald Trump's boastful ignorance in his interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt reminded me of a story that my late colleague David Broder told about former Sen. Bill Bradley.

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