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July 16th, 2015

How to remember all the people running for president in 2016

            Today, we are all Rick Perry.

            At least insofar as we are being confronted with a list that has too many items in it for us to remember with ease or convenience. The list of candidates for president in 2016.

            But never fear! I have come up with a couple of mnemonic devices that may or may not be helpful.

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Hillary: Campaigning in cellophane?

            Despite all the efforts to demonstrate Hillary Clinton is not taking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination for granted and is working hard for it, her campaign still exudes an air of entitlement and coronation.

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Eugene McCarthy 2.0?

            Is Bernie Sanders the political reincarnation of Eugene McCarthy? I doubt it, but let's hope he makes the Democratic presidential race interesting.

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Bringing down a twisted fantasy

            For most of my life, a flag representing white supremacist violence against black people flew at the capitol of my native state. It is a very big deal that this emblem of hatred and oppression is finally coming down.

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Witnesses to a stabbing didn't confront killer, but would you?

            What should they have done? What would you have done?

            There's a young man being brutally slaughtered - punched, stabbed 30 or 40 times, stomped and repeatedly kicked in the head - in a subway car, in the middle of a holiday afternoon, in the nation's capital, in front of almost a dozen witnesses.

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Will Washington blow up again?

            When it comes to politics, attention is now being lavished on the 2016 presidential campaign. When it comes to economics, the bright lights are on the Greek crisis. The nation's capital seems almost sleepy, a relief from the bitterness of manufactured showdowns and an actual shutdown.

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Tsipras and Merkel both to blame for Greek tragedy

            By voting no in last Sunday's referendum, and by such an impressive margin, Greece won itself a moment's elation -- and may come to regret the consequences for years. It was one more in an absurdly extended series of miscalculations.

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Time for GOP to dump Trump

            As former chair of the California Democratic Party, I'm the last one the Republican Party would turn to for advice. But here it is anyway. For the good of the party, and the country, Republicans should throw Donald Trump overboard before he does any more damage.

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Helicopter Parents: Why Do They Hover So?

            Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children's affairs. There are two kinds.

            One kind indulges children to the point of near imbecility. No demands are ever placed, no chores required. The parents see their role as obedient servant, concierge and above all, banker. The children eventually become wards of the family estate.

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Greece’s Economy Is a Lesson for Republicans in the U.S.

            Greece is a faraway country with an economy roughly the size of greater Miami, so the United States has very little direct stake in its ongoing disaster. To the extent that Greece matters to us, it’s mainly about geopolitics: By poisoning relations among Europe’s democracies, the Greek crisis risks depriving the U.S. of crucial allies.

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