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Date

March 5th, 2014

They Just Don't Know When To Stop

    Where have the good Republicans gone? Why are they letting the crazies speak for the party. They cannot have just fallen off the map. Nor can they agree to all the pot shots being taken by the vocal minority. Or is the problem that the nut faction has become the majority?

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What a Chinese firm would need to buy a U.S. media company

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Arizona Did Us All a Favor

    You're a fundamentalist Mormon - that is, the breakaway sect, not recognized by the main church, with a scary compound in northern Arizona. Women wear long prairie dresses, men rule with an iron fist. You believe in a host of things that violate civil and even criminal law. But your beliefs are "sincerely held." They come directly from God.

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Arizona Sort Of Helps Out

    It's been quite a week in Arizona. First, the Legislature passed a bill that, in effect, gave businesses the right to discriminate against gay couples. The state's actual business community was horrified. Everybody from Mitt Romney to Newt Gingrich was ticked off.

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Brace Yourself for Hillary and Jeb

    Oy. By the time the Bushes and Clintons are finished, they are going to make the Tudors and the Plantagenets look like pikers.

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From The Pyramid To The Square

    The Egyptian strongman Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was recently in Moscow visiting with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. Putin reportedly offered el-Sissi $2 billion in arms - just what a country like Egypt, where half the women can't read, needs. The whole meeting struck me as so 1960s, so Nasser meets Khrushchev - two strongmen bucking each other up in the age of strong people and superempowered individuals. Rather than discuss arms sales, el-Sissi and Putin should have watched a movie together.

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The Compassion Gap

       Some readers collectively hissed after I wrote a week ago about the need for early-childhood interventions to broaden opportunity in America. I focused on a 3-year-old boy in West Virginia named Johnny Weethee whose hearing impairment had gone undetected, leading him to suffer speech and development problems that may dog him for the rest of his life.

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Today, boomers should get over 'Yesterday'

Boomers:

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A right to same-sex wedding cake

    If Arizona legislators were being perfectly candid, they would have labeled their so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act precisely what it was, the Right to Use Religion as an Excuse to Discriminate Against Gay Men and Lesbians Act.

    Supporters insist it was not an anti-gay bill. But what else do you call a bill that uses religion to "protect" the right of businesses to discriminate against gay consumers?

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Republicans Eye Ohio

    While other Republicans zero in on November's midterm congressional elections in the hope of derailing the Obama presidency, the GOP National Committee is busy making plans for its 2016 national convention. Seven cities are finalists to host it, including three in Ohio -- Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus. The others are Denver, Dallas, Kansas City and Las Vegas.

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