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May 28th, 2015

Money can't always protect people from life's worst blows

    We can't look away when bad things happen to rich people. Crime that afflicts the affluent always commands front pages, gobbles up airtime and goes viral on social media.

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Hillary, Jeb, Facebook and Disorder

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Death Penalty for Tsarnaev Hurts Boston

    Why was 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to die in a state so generally opposed to capital punishment? A recent Boston Globe poll found that only 19 percent of Massachusetts residents wanted the Boston Marathon bomber put to death. The state hasn't seen an execution since 1947.

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The bloodbath down the street

    I know the place: the place where bullets flew and blood flowed the other day, where TV crews set up their trucks for one more gruesome body count.

    I know that place. It’s called America.

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Platinum Pay in Ivory Towers

    Gregory Fenves recently got a big promotion, from provost to president of the University of Texas at Austin. A raise came with it. Instead of his current base of about $425,000, he was offered $1 million.

    And he rejected it - as too much.

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Will rise in nonreligious reshape U.S. politics?

    Don't expect any official "Atheists for Hillary" outreach, but political progressives are cheered by a study showing a rise in the number of nonreligious Americans.

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Chemo for the Planet

    What's the best way to reduce the chances of climate change wreaking havoc on Earth?

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Clinton's compulsive speechifying

    Again with the speeches. The gross excessiveness of it all, vacuuming up six-figure checks well past the point of rational need or political seemliness. The ceaseless drip of information that ought to have already been released, now being presented with a self-serving back pat over transparency.

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Stop logging our phone calls

    Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right. So let me praise them for leading a bipartisan effort to curtail the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on the phone calls of innocent Americans.

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May 21st

Jeb Bush's agony

    Am I am the only person outside the Bush family who has a smidgen of empathy for Jeb Bush's roller-coaster ride in trying to answer a straightforward question: Was going to war in Iraq the right thing to do?

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