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July 16th, 2015

Bringing down a twisted fantasy

            For most of my life, a flag representing white supremacist violence against black people flew at the capitol of my native state. It is a very big deal that this emblem of hatred and oppression is finally coming down.

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Witnesses to a stabbing didn't confront killer, but would you?

            What should they have done? What would you have done?

            There's a young man being brutally slaughtered - punched, stabbed 30 or 40 times, stomped and repeatedly kicked in the head - in a subway car, in the middle of a holiday afternoon, in the nation's capital, in front of almost a dozen witnesses.

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Will Washington blow up again?

            When it comes to politics, attention is now being lavished on the 2016 presidential campaign. When it comes to economics, the bright lights are on the Greek crisis. The nation's capital seems almost sleepy, a relief from the bitterness of manufactured showdowns and an actual shutdown.

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Tsipras and Merkel both to blame for Greek tragedy

            By voting no in last Sunday's referendum, and by such an impressive margin, Greece won itself a moment's elation -- and may come to regret the consequences for years. It was one more in an absurdly extended series of miscalculations.

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Time for GOP to dump Trump

            As former chair of the California Democratic Party, I'm the last one the Republican Party would turn to for advice. But here it is anyway. For the good of the party, and the country, Republicans should throw Donald Trump overboard before he does any more damage.

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Helicopter Parents: Why Do They Hover So?

            Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children's affairs. There are two kinds.

            One kind indulges children to the point of near imbecility. No demands are ever placed, no chores required. The parents see their role as obedient servant, concierge and above all, banker. The children eventually become wards of the family estate.

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Greece’s Economy Is a Lesson for Republicans in the U.S.

            Greece is a faraway country with an economy roughly the size of greater Miami, so the United States has very little direct stake in its ongoing disaster. To the extent that Greece matters to us, it’s mainly about geopolitics: By poisoning relations among Europe’s democracies, the Greek crisis risks depriving the U.S. of crucial allies.

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Equality Still Elusive

            It is just another example but still telling since money is specific: In winning the World Soccer Cup the U.S. women's team brings home two million dollars while last year's men's team losing in the sixteenth round received eight million. Actually, the figures have been variously reported from one million for the women to eighteen million for the men. Regardless of the amount the discrepancy is noticeable as more than the market of long established men's sports.

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Britain's federal future beats London-centric past

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Struggling recycling industry created its own mess

            The American recycling business is in the dumps. According to Dave Steinert, the CEO of Waste Management, America's largest recycling company, the industry is experiencing a "national crisis," with almost all of America's 2,000 high-tech recycling facilities -- including Steinert's own -- running in the red. Things are so dire that some recyclers are preparing to do the once-unthinkable: charge cities and their residents for accepting their recycling.

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