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May 21st, 2015

7 things that are not like the Holocaust

    Sweden's deputy prime minister Asa Romson was compelled to apologize on Monday after likening the migrant refugee crisis in the Mediterranean to the horrors of the Holocaust.

    In a televised debate over the weekend, she had argued that the indifference of European governments was "turning the Mediterranean into a new Auschwitz." This sparked a predictable backlash, leading eventually to an apology.

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Fairfax parents need a lesson in tolerance - from kids

    Using the bathroom? Really? That's what this is going to come down to?

    Because that's the obsession of just about anyone who is still vexed by the idea that transgender Americans should be protected from discrimination: the restroom thing.

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At Rutgers, It's Books vs. Ballgames

    It's not exactly a secret that big-time college sports often distort priorities on university campuses. But every once in a while, something bursts into public view to put those priorities in glaring relief.

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Wall Street Vampires

    Last year the vampires of finance bought themselves a Congress. I know it's not nice to call them that, but I have my reasons, which I'll explain in a bit. For now, however, let's just note that these days Wall Street, which used to split its support between the parties, overwhelmingly favors the GOP. And the Republicans who came to power this year are returning the favor by trying to kill Dodd-Frank, the financial reform enacted in 2010.

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Unsportsmanlike conduct

    The quarterback arrived at Salem State University by helicopter to adoring, cheering crowds. "Most famous witch hunt victims in Salem?" read one sign. "Bridget Bishop. Rebecca Nurse. Tom Brady."

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Of Museums and Racial Relics

    Recently, Rush Limbaugh lambasted the first lady, Michelle Obama, for bringing up the idea of diversity among museum visitors at the opening of the new Whitney Museum in New York.

    According to Limbaugh, the first lady said: "Museums and concert halls just don't welcome nonwhite visitors - especially children - the way they welcome white people."

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May 14th

When cheap laughs cost too much

    Some people unfortunately think that the best way to respond to the intolerance of Muslim fanatics is to insult all Muslims.

    That's the twisted thinking behind professional Muslim-baiter Pamela Geller's ill-advised contest in Garland, Texas. Her organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, offered a $10,000 prize to a cartoonist deemed to have drawn the best mocking picture of Islam's Prophet Mohammad.

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A 'believer' tells all, or almost

    The man who did more than anyone to put Barack Obama in the Oval Office (other than Obama himself) has written a highly revealing campaign memoir, appropriately titled "Believer."

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How Hillary Is Winning

    As fleetly as Hillary Clinton vacuums up the money, she piles up the paradoxes.

    She showed fatal weaknesses the last time she chased the presidency and her inevitability evaporated like a California puddle, but she's somehow inevitable all over again. Invincible, even. Journalists have to remind themselves daily not to type or say "presumptive Democratic nominee" before her name.

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Fringe Festival

    In 2008, Mike Huckabee ran for president as a likable chucklehead who had lost 100 pounds. And you can, too! Now he's running for president as a grievance-burdened theocrat who has lost his mind. In the interim, he lent his name to infomercials hawking a dubious diabetes treatment of cinnamon and some other concoction, putting the Huckster in Huckabee.

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