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March 12th, 2015

Boehner's sorry spectacle

    House Speaker John Boehner needs to decide whether he wants to be remembered as an effective leader or a befuddled hack. So far, I'm afraid, it's the latter.

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Benjamin Netanyahu's gamble

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After Selma -- again

    "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"

    The title of Martin Luther King Jr.'s last book, published in 1967 after Selma and after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, poses a question that seems perennially appropriate -- about our country's struggle over race, of course, but also about our larger quest for justice.

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March 5th

Wal-Mart's Visible Hand

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Obama's help has limits, even in Chicago

    Four years ago, I was surprised by how early in the evening on election night President Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel won the mayoral race in Chicago, a city whose elections are historically famous for long counts.

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In ACA case, context is key

    As with everything else here these days, the talk about the Affordable Care Act case before the Supreme Court this week will focus on ideological splits: Will any conservative justice join the four liberals all but certain to back the administration?

    In fact, the correct conservative legal position would be to rule for the administration.

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CPAC: Hackneyed and Hollow

    I never know how to set my expectations for the Conservative Political Action Conference, also known as CPAC.

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Boehner on the hot seat

    One of this city's current mysteries is why Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner wants to hold onto the job. His roughly four years in the post have been a nonstop struggle not only with the Democrat in the Oval Office but also with his fractious GOP membership.

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A Model Philanthropist

    When you get fed up with all the greed and narcissism that seems to rule our country, a good way to restore your faith in humankind is to reflect on the generosity of people like Ron Read — a philanthropist from Dummerston, Vermont.

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The Two Israels

    For generations, Americans and others have been donating trees to Israel through the Jewish National Fund.

    "Planting a tree in Israel is the perfect way to show you care," the fund says on its website. An $18 donation buys a tree, turns the desert green, protects the environment and supports an embattled Jewish state. The fund says it has planted more than 250 million trees in Israel so far.

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