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September 11th, 2014

There is no free pass for a free press

    New York Times reporter James Risen may soon have to decide whether to testify in a criminal trial or go to jail for contempt of court.

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Ready, Aim, Fire. Not Fire, Ready, Aim.

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Virginia's inadequate child-care regulations put its most vulnerable residents at risk

    In Virginia, a hot-dog cart, a nail salon and a pet shop require more licensing and regulation than some of the places that care for our tiniest, most vulnerable humans.

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The Human Toll of Offshoring

    The subtitle of Beth Macy's new book, "Factory Man" - "How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local. and Helped Save an American Town" - gives every impression that it is going to be an upbeat read, a capitalistic feel-good story.

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'Overkill': 21st century term for inexcusable policing

    When fire hoses sent black bodies skidding and writhing along the sidewalks of Birmingham in 1963, a lot of white people, high and dry, nodded, “Well, if that’s what it takes to keep the peace . . . ”

    And so it goes, 51 years later: different police-tactic horrors, but the same nodding of the self-satisfied and oblivious.

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Obama's Messy Words

    There are things that you think and things that you say.

    There's what you reckon with privately and what you utter publicly.

    There are discussions suitable for a lecture hall and those that befit the bully pulpit.

    These sets overlap but aren't the same. Has President Barack Obama lost sight of that?

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Can Republicans ride tailwind to Senate majority?

    The battle for control of the Senate, the grand prize of the 2014 elections, with Republicans needing to win a net of a half-dozen seats to take charge, is well-framed after Labor Day.

    Republicans have the advantages of a friendly turf, the history of this political cycle - which favors the party that doesn't hold the White House - and the waning popularity of President Barack Obama, who sometimes seems indifferent.

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The Medicare Miracle

    So, what do you think about those Medicare numbers? What, you haven't heard about them? Well, they haven't been front-page news. But something remarkable has been happening on the health-spending front, and it should (but probably won't) transform a lot of our political debate.

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One child at a time

    Nico Rodriguez was 15 years old when he found himself living on the streets of Lowell, Mass., with no plans for a high school diploma, no home to call his own and, seemingly, no future. Rodriguez was a statistic: one of the 20 percent of students who do not finish high school on time, if ever.

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Obama and the Warmongers

    We seem to be drifting inexorably toward escalating our fight with the Islamic State, which is also known by the acronym ISIS, as the Obama administration mulls whether to extend its "limited" bombing campaign into Syria.

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