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October 2nd, 2014

Sometimes the gaffe police go too far

    A wit once observed that a bachelor is a man who never makes the same mistake once. That would be good advice for politicians who are prone to repeating ill-chosen words or behavior that tags them forever thereafter as dumb, careless or mean-spirited.

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The Ebola Fiasco

    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is a tragedy. But, more than that, the response to it has been a gross failure.

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The Last of the Willie Horton Ads?

    The spectacular failure of incumbent Alaska Sen. Mark Begich to use a "Willie Horton-style ad" (it's being called that) would almost be amusing for this veteran of the real Willie Horton ad were it not so pitiful on so many levels.

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The Little Train That Won’t

    I love groups with the gumption to take on big tasks and do what needs to be done — can-do groups that can, and do.

    But, uh-oh, here comes The Little Train That Couldn’t. I’m talking about Congress.

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The Scourge of Siphon-Up Economics

    When the Census released the latest data on inequality, most mainstream media outlets shrugged it off.

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What the Republicans Chasing Hillary Should Learn From Wile E. Coyote

    As the Republican right's fear swells in advance of Hillary Clinton's anticipated presidential campaign, conservatives' feverish smears increasingly resemble the desperate gambits of a certain Wile E. Coyote. The latest episode in their cartoonish crusade appeared in The Washington Free Beacon, which headlined "The Hillary Letters" the other day with an ominous subhead: "Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky correspondence revealed."

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College priorities adrift

    No film more deftly portrays college-age ennui than Mike Nichols' classic 1967 movie, "The Graduate."

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German exceptionalism

    If you live in an advanced economy - in Western Europe, Japan or the United States - odds are you're in a funk. Unless you live in Germany.

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Islamic State's cruelty has made a bold new Obama

    Barack Obama's address to United Nations General Assembly this week was the one of the most important speeches of his presidency. Two weeks ago I argued that, in foreign policy, the United States and the world needed a different Obama. This week, they got one.

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Kids Who Don't Go to College Also Matter

    It shouldn't be this way, but the well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the comfort, safety and psychological health of children like theirs -- that is, children who go to college.

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