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October 30th, 2014

The Last Train

    When Secretary of State John Kerry began his high-energy effort to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace, I argued that it was the last train for a two-state solution. If it didn't work, it would mean that the top-down, diplomatically constructed two-state concept was over as a way out of that conflict. For Israelis and Palestinians, the next train would be the one coming at them.

    Well, now arriving on Track 1 ...

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The Disgust Election

    Justice Anthony Kennedy doesn't strike me as the kind of guy I'd want to share a beer and a brat with, or be stuck next to on a long flight. But I would like for the most influential swing voter on the Supreme Court to step away from his legal aerie, and wade through some of the muck that he and four fellow justices have given us with the 2014 campaign.

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The cure for our Ebola panic is more panic

    Listen.

    A lot of people have been complaining about our Ebola panic. Turn on cable news, and you find people frantically asking if you can get it from a bowling ball (nope) and whether the virus is notably, magically different now that it has touched American soil (also no).

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The American Dream Is Leaving America

    The best escalator to opportunity in America is education. But a new study underscores that the escalator is broken.

    We expect each generation to do better, but, currently, more young American men have less education (29 percent) than their parents than have more education (20 percent).

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Fathers, Sons and the Presidency

    I'm always thinking back to that lunch in Kennebunkport, because I saw it all there: what drove George W. Bush toward the presidency; what shaped so many of his decisions in office.

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When fake news isn't enough

    Comedian Jon Stewart's debut as a movie director entertains, enlightens and even inspires. But be warned, "Daily Show" fans: In case you haven't heard, it's not a comedy.

    Not unless you get your laughs in the sarcastic way that I often do, from the endless ways with which the people who run governments give government a bad name.

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U.S. elections show fear of judges is on the rise

   A fear has spread across the U.S. that has nothing to do with Ebola. White hazmats suits will be popular on Halloween, but on election day, many voters will be most frightened by the prospect of those in black robes who don't share their political beliefs. To protect themselves from these gavel-wielding ghouls, states are increasingly trying to turn their constitutions into shields.

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Once Again, Guns

    There's a TV ad that's been running in Louisiana:

    It's evening and a mom is tucking in her baby. Getting a nice text from dad, who's away on a trip. Then suddenly - dark shadow on a window. Somebody's smashing the front door open! Next thing you know, there's police tape around the house, blinking lights on emergency vehicles.

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Into the morass?

    "I don't oppose all wars," said Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, in 2002. "What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war."

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Hanging By A Thread

    Who would have thought that women's rights to birth control would be hanging by such a thin thread in 2014? Margaret Sanger must be turning over in her grave at backsliding in all that she fought for expecting only progress.

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