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March 26th, 2014

He Was Supposed to Take a Photo

    One of Raven Kaliana's first, hazy memories is of her parents taking her to a professional photo studio, telling her to be good, and then leaving her with a child pornographer. In front of a camera, a man raped her.

    She thinks she was 4 years old.

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Palmy Days for Jerry

    I ask Jerry if he's ready for Hillary.

    Back in 1992, when he ran for president against Bill Clinton, Jerry Brown was remorseless in taking on "Slick Willie," as he called him, and his wife, pelting them with accusations of corruption and conflicts-of-interest in Arkansas. In one seething exchange on the debate stage, Clinton snapped: "You ought to be ashamed of yourself for jumping on my wife. You're not worth being on the same platform as my wife."

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This Is What 80 Looks Like

    On Tuesday, Gloria Steinem turns 80.

    Do not bother to call. She's planning to celebrate in Botswana. "I thought: 'What do I really want to do on my birthday?' First, get out of Dodge. Second, ride elephants."

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Bob Strauss, a remarkable Democrat

    Former Democratic National Chairman Robert S. Strauss, who passed away Wednesday at a robustly lived 95, was a happy political warrior whose talent and energies took him far afield from his chosen playground, even to Moscow where he served as the first American ambassador after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Rand Paul's youth movement

    Rand Paul is the most intriguing -- and for Democrats, perhaps the most frightening -- figure in today's Republican Party. The Kentucky senator, who is more than flirting with a 2016 presidential run, is making a smart play for the millennial generation that was key to President Obama's twin victories and that his own party has convincingly repelled.

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Rep. Paul Ryan's 'inner city' blues

    Alas, poor Paul Ryan. I take the House Budget chairman at his word that he did not intend to offend African Americans with his statements about how the culture of some men "in our inner cities in particular" does not value hard work.

    After all, as some other fair-minded folks have pointed out, it is not as though Ryan said something that was new, untrue or -- in today's world -- distinctly right-wing.

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Health care's real stakes

    You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression -- finally.

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March 20th

The 19th-century origins of the China-Japan schism

    On March 16, 1885, an editorial entitled "Leaving Asia" was published in the Japanese newspaper Jiji Shimpo. Now widely believed to have been written by Yukichi Fukuzawa, the intellectual giant of the 19th-century modernization movement that culminated in the Meiji Restoration, it argued that Japan could simply not afford to be held back by "feudalistic" China and Korea, and should therefore "leave the ranks of Asian nations and cast our lot with the civilized nations of the West."

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Time for DC to exit Gray Area

    It's always a bad uncle who messes it all up, right?

    Before Vincent Gray was elected Washington, D.C., mayor, when he used words such as "cronyism" and "clandestine" to describe his opponent, he was secretly getting illegal help from a Mr. Moneybags whose code name was "Uncle Earl," according to federal prosecutors.

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Military justice bungles latest day in court

    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair's trial on sexual assault charges began the day after the Senate blocked a bill that would change the way such cases are handled. Sinclair, the former deputy commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and a onetime rising star in the Army, is Exhibit A in why the current system needs to be changed - and it isn't the reason you may think.

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