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August 7th, 2014

Throw the Book at Him

    I can't wait to read the book W. won't write.

    Not since Beyoncé dropped a new digital album online overnight with no warning or fanfare has there been such a successful pop-up arts project.

    Crown Publishers startled everyone Wednesday by announcing that the 68-year-old W. has written a "personal biography" of his 90-year-old father, due out in November.

    I guess he ran out of brush to clear.

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AIDS Advances May be Compromised by Legislative Inaction

    Researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia may have found an entry-way to the cure for AIDS.

    Once the HIV virus enters the body it can lie dormant for years. It can also evolve into AIDS.  But, until now, it could never be removed. 

    It’s far too early to claim an AIDS cure—there still has to be several years of clinical trials— but this may be as close to a solution as scientists have come.

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Can the voters change the GOP?

    The central issue in this fall's elections could turn out to be a sleeper: What kind of Republican Party does the country want?

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Nixon's ghost, 40 years on

    Forty years after he slunk out of office, Richard M. Nixon retains the capacity to astonish and disgust.

    Just when you thought you could no longer be shocked by Nixon's willingness to abuse power, his seething resentments and paranoia, and his florid anti-Semitism, another round of tapes emerges.

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Obama's Other Success

    Although the enemies of health reform will never admit it, the Affordable Care Act is looking more and more like a big success. Costs are coming in below predictions, while the number of uninsured Americans is dropping fast, especially in states that haven't tried to sabotage the program. Obamacare is working.

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The Do-Even-Less Congress

    Congress is a joke. But the joke isn't funny - unless, of course, you're into dark humor.

    The entire legislative body has been consumed by kvetching, at the expense of actual legislating. And the numbers that highlight this reality are simply atrocious.

    According to a Pew Research Center report issued Thursday:

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To fight social chaos, build good neighbors

    There's a hidden side to today's poverty debate that traditional politicians on the left and right too often overlook or undervalue: the decline in neighborliness.

    Perhaps the word strikes your ear as too quaint, simplistic or old-fashioned for an era as sophisticated and raucous as this one.

    Thoughtful debates tend to prefer more high-toned terms such as "social capital," "community cohesion" or "civil virtue."

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Ryan asks, but doesn't answer, right questions

    Rep. Paul Ryan's discussion paper on "Expanding Opportunity in America" has much to admire. It puts attention where it belongs - on poverty and upward mobility for those at the bottom of the income distribution. It argues for an expanded earned income tax credit, the best way to reduce poverty in work. And it correctly explains what's wrong with existing federal programs. When it comes to reforming those programs, though, Ryan's proposal leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

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July 31st

Blind ideological justice

    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as "an impartial guardian of the rule of law."

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Children Require Care Regardless Of Birth Origin

    The only way to stop the current attacks by the Republicans on women's rights is to use the vote to make a difference. For me the hypocrisy makes it all the worse. It is politics of the worse sort.

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