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August 20th, 2015

Football’s Bogus Settlement

    Thanks to the ham-handedness of the National Football League’s Hall of Fame, the inane “deflategate” scandal, which has been the dominant NFL headline this off-season, was pushed to the sidelines this weekend and replaced by a genuinely important issue facing the country’s dominant sports league and its players. That issue is the serious cognitive impairment that appears to affect so many former professional football players.

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Hindsight from Iraq

    Last week President Obama defended the Iran agreement in part by dismissing its critics as people who supported the war in Iraq 13 years ago - "the same people who seem to have no compunction with being repeatedly wrong," he said.

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On the couch: Discuss your 'PC' problem

    Donald Trump is a misogynist. If not, he’s determined to win the title.

    This guy is gunning for the finals of American Chauvinist Ninja Warrior. The last obstacle will melt before him and his bare chest, and that obstacle will be a “she.”

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A party in turmoil

    The Republican Party is in total chaos. Democrats aren't there yet but may be approaching the neighborhood. It's time to acknowledge that our political system simply isn't doing its job.

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Can We Interest You In Teaching?

    Teaching can’t compete.

    When the economy improves and job prospects multiply, college students turn their attention elsewhere, to professions that promise more money, more independence, more respect.

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If I Were an Israeli Looking at the Iran Deal

   With the U.S. and Israel openly arguing over the Iran nuclear deal, I’ve asked myself this: How would I look at this deal if I were an Israeli grocer, an Israeli general or the Israeli prime minister?

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The GOP Right Provided Trump's Warmup Act

    There's this great scene from "Law & Order" where Detective Briscoe shows a victim's picture to a prostitute. He asks whether she knew of anyone who had "dated" him.

    "I didn't, but he's cute," she says.

    "You've been at this too long, honey." Briscoe replies. "He's dead."

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Videos of police end the mystery, if not debate

    The scene was chaos. There were people yelling, "Put the knife DOWN!" and others screaming, "Don't shoot her!" Smoke was billowing, fire engines were parked this way and that. In the middle of it all, a 22-year-old black woman with a knife squared off with a white D.C. police officer pointing a gun.

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A Welcome New Yardstick for Measuring CEO Greed

    Should corporations in America have to annually reveal how much they pay their most typical workers compared to how much they pay their CEOs?

    In 2010, Congress embraced that idea. Lawmakers plugged into the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a provision that requires major U.S. corporations to publicly disclose the ratio between what their CEOs and typical workers take home.

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A Year After Ferguson, Little Has Changed

    To establish my credentials, here's an insignificant event that happened to my wife and me a bit before last year's tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri. We'd taken our daily three-mile walk with the dogs along our gravel road where encountering three vehicles is a busy day. Often we see nobody.

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