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June 4th, 2015

Mike Bloomberg and the "centrist" mirage

    Unless you stayed in a hotel last night, you may have missed Michael Wolff's column in USA Today suggesting that only one candidate has the profile and pedigree to replace Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. That candidate? Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, of course.

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For ex-con father, a proud day

    Under the oaks, in the sea of caps and gowns and navy blazers and sundresses, Tony Ray Arrington felt totally out of place. And he was the happiest he'd ever been.

    "I can't keep this Kool-Aid smile off my face," the 45-year-old ex-convict said, as he raised his 6-foot-4 frame on tiptoes to look for his daughter.

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Contain and Amplify

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Radar shows blowback against test-heavy school policies

    Hold on to your coffee cup. We have identified the endangered species known as bipartisan consensus in America.

    You thought that we would never see it again. Yet, amazingly, consensus is forming on two key issues.

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The Big Meh

    Remember Douglas Adams' 1979 novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"? It began with some technology snark, dismissing Earth as a planet whose life-forms "are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea." But that was then, in the early stages of the information technology revolution.

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Restoring Memoriam to Memorial Day

    This Memorial Day, as we head to the lake and the beach, grill and drink, shop and save, lay out in the sun or seek shady places, we must remain cognizant that the holiday didn't begin as a day of celebration or commerce but one of solemnity and, indeed, memoriam.

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Is Motown Getting Its Groove Back?

    Tom Kartsotis, the wealthy co-founder of Fossil, has no connection to the Motor City. He lives in Dallas, where he now oversees a handful of ventures he's invested in. In early 2011, he decided to build a small watch factory that would sell high-quality watches that were priced, as he puts it, "at the entry point of luxury."

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May 28th

The right's political correctness

    Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in "flips."

    "A flip would be someone who voted on something and did something different," the Wisconsin governor explained last week on Fox News. His altered views on immigration don't count because he is not a legislator. "These are not votes," he helpfully pointed out.

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The Duggars' dangerous cult of purity

    In "A Love That Multiplies," Michelle Duggar recounts a story that her husband told his older children "to explain the importance of purity."

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It's small stuff that wrecks presidential runs

    U.S. presidential campaigns usually aren't sunk by major policy mistakes or the attacks of an opponent. They result from self-inflicted, unforced errors.

    This was apparent anew when Jeb Bush, the establishment favorite for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, recently tripped over himself as he tried, repeatedly, to answer a simple, predictable and fair question: Knowing what we know now would you have invaded Iraq in 2003?

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