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Date

May 21st, 2015

Wisconsin’s Grocery Dictators

    Republicans may like to rail against big government. But here in Wisconsin — where conservative lawmakers just introduced a bill to dramatically restrict what people can buy with their own food stamps — Republicans want to cook up a new kind of nanny state.

    This isn’t a new idea altogether.

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Where Freedom Of Expression Meets Bigotry

    It's still a radical document, the U.S. Constitution, no part of it more so than the First Amendment. Almost everybody's for freedom of speech -- particularly for themselves and people who agree with them. However, the part about "no establishment of religion" vexes True Believers of every persuasion. How can government possibly remain neutral in matters of faith?

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What Michelle Obama's critics missed

    If Michelle Obama's critics actually paid attention to her recent commencement speech, they would hear a lot of advice that conservatives like to hear -- when it is not coming from Michelle Obama.

    Rest assured, you can enjoy the first lady's speech to graduates at historically black Tuskegee University without being a white-hating racist, although you would not know it from the complaints of her right-wing radio critics.

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Virginia Is for Dirty-Energy Lovers

    If you live in Virginia and would like to shrink your carbon footprint, here’s what passes for good news: We’re now officially free to ban fracking. For two years, Old Dominion communities weren’t at liberty to prevent that kind of oil and gas drilling.

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Trade measure is anything but a race to the bottom for U.S. producers

    In Greek mythology, Sisyphus paid for his sins by being compelled to push a boulder up a steep hill, only to have it roll back down, over and over again.

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Send in the Clowns

    Hardly a day goes by that another candidate doesn’t announce his or her intention to run for the presidency. One day it’s Carly Fiorina, the next it’s Mike Huckabee, Bernie Sanders, or Hillary Clinton, even.

    It’s like the circus — when the little car rolls into the center ring and a clown gets out, then another, then two more, and on and on until the ring is overflowing with 1,000 clowns, or so it seems.

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Hillary Doesn't Stumble

    That was, essentially, the headline for the big New York Times poll out this week. It was supposed to measure how much Hillary and her team's stumbles on the issue of her private email server had hurt her. Just how much did her favorability drop? Essentially, not at all.

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Crisis at Sea

    One of the world's most beautiful regions, the seas of Southeast Asia - home to sparkling white beaches and $7,000-a-night beach villas - is becoming a scene of a mass atrocity.

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Closing the Door on Torture

    After I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest.

    What happened to the torture program? Nothing.

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Clinton can't waffle on trade forever

    To paraphrase Joe Louis, Hillary Clinton can run but she can't hide from the great trade debate that pits President Barack Obama and a handful of free-trade Democrats against Sen. Elizabeth Warren and most of the party in Congress.

    Topic A is the emerging Trans-Pacific Partnership, a huge trade deal that would bind the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries. 

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