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February 26th, 2014

Joyce Does It Her way

    I'd like to tell you a story about a Brazilian musician you've probably never heard of. Her name is Joyce Moreno; she is 66 and has been singing and composing professionally for 47 years, during which time she has made more than 30 recordings. I flipped for her music when I first heard her last spring at Birdland, in Midtown Manhattan, and I've been listening to her, more or less obsessively, ever since.

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Breakfast Before the MOOC

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Gridlock's growing victims

    In an election year, there are always winners and losers. Rarely, however, are there so many victims.

    Legislative gridlock, which was already bad enough, has devolved into a cynical, poisoned stasis. With a few obvious votes, Congress could improve the lives of millions of people -- the unemployed, the undocumented, the uninsured.  But instead of being helped, those in need are punished for reasons that are nakedly political.

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Honoring the 'Accomplices' to Truth Who Caught Clapper in a Lie

    The tide is turning. Yesterday's traitor is today's hero, and the brave journalists who helped Edward Snowden get the word out are at last being honored for their public service. Or so one hopes.

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Politics vs. human rights

    I’ve never been one to dwell on anniversaries. But what the heck.

    Last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act came in the sesquicentennial year of the Emancipation Proclamation.

     Lincoln wanted the latter a year earlier. He made a preliminary declaration in 1862. He said it would take effect officially in 1863 if the Confederate army kept fighting. It kept fighting.

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Stop Insulting Minimum Wage Workers

    Beating down low-paid workers is not only not nice but also not necessarily good for business. And though some arguments against raising the minimum wage are debatable, others are simply insulting.

    The national minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. Back in 1968, it was $10.77 in today's dollars. So President Obama's proposal to raise the minimum to $10.10 is hardly radical.

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A modern American success story

    The deal, for a company you've probably never heard of, is worth at least $16 billion. To put this number into perspective, the market value of Xerox is less than $13 billion, Sony, just $18 billion.

    WhatsApp indeed.

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Back In Clintonland

    Back in 1993, a Washington Post reporter asked me which Clinton was smarter, Bill or Hillary. As a magazine journalist long residing in Arkansas, I'd never covered state government and would have described the president and first lady as friendly acquaintances, nothing more.

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Buying More Than a Piece of the Rock

    One thing about the tea party Republicans in Congress is that they do know who butters their biscuits. Several have recently rushed forward with an anguished plea in defense of Wall Street barons, CEOs, and billionaires: Stop the vilification of wealthy people!

    I’m concerned about those poor rich people too. Especially the very richest.

    Did you know that the wealthiest one-hundredth-of-1-percenters rake in an average of $30 million every year?

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Is That Sausage Worth This?

    Modern factory farms have so much wrong with them, but a starting point is the practice of turning pigs into cannibals.

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