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May 28th, 2015

Trade and Trust

    One of the Obama administration's underrated virtues is its intellectual honesty. Yes, Republicans see deception and sinister ulterior motives everywhere, but they're just projecting. The truth is that, in the policy areas I follow, this White House has been remarkably clear and straightforward about what it's doing and why.

    Every area, that is, except one: international trade and investment.

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The widow of a Navy vet longs for the home she bought 37 years ago this Memorial Day

    They moved into their low-slung Florida home on Memorial Day, 37 years ago.

    And the first thing Joe did was dig a hole for a flagpole, right near the carport. He was a Navy veteran, survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the rock Mary Morgan Kleiss needed to bring order to the chaos in her life, which included work as a cocktail waitress, two young children and a one-armed former husband.

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The second Cuban revolution

    If you want to see the face of the new Cuba, talk to Niuris Higuiera, co-owner and chef of Havana's Paladar Atelier (paladar's the name Cubans use for privately-owned restaurants).

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Progressive frenemies

    You probably think there is a big struggle over the Democratic Party's soul and the meaning of progressivism. After all, that's what the media talk about incessantly, often with a lot of help from the parties involved in the rumble.

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Tubman Versus Jackson

    Let's discuss putting a picture of a woman on the $20 bill. But, first: How many of you remember Ivy Baker Priest?

    OK, nobody. Good thing I'm hard to discourage. But stick with me for a minute, and then we'll talk about Harriet Tubman versus Andrew Jackson.

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The Sound And The Fury Of 'Deflategate'

    The bombast and grandiosity of NFL football have always put me off. Fans too often treat ballgames as if they were wars between rival tribes or nation states; symbolic struggles between good and evil. As somebody who watches probably 150 major league baseball games a year, I find the hype alternately exhausting and ridiculous.

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The Power of Hope Is Real

    An awkward truth for bleeding hearts like myself is that there has never been much rigorous evidence that outside aid can sustainably lift people out of poverty.

    Sure, evidence is overwhelming that aid can overcome disease, boost literacy and save lives. But raising incomes is trickier - and the evidence in that arena has been squishier.

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The Latest Victim in the War on Whistleblowers

    Jeffrey Sterling recently stood before a judge as his sentence was read. The former CIA officer, the judge declared, would spend 42 months — that’s three and half years — behind bars. The feds had convicted Sterling on nine felony charges, including seven counts of espionage.

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The High Cost of Low Taxes

    Earlier this month, I arrived in San Diego following five days of driving across the country from Wisconsin. I pulled into my friend’s driveway, brought my things inside, and went back to my car to park it on the street.

    Almost immediately, a cop’s siren and flashing lights went off. I’d left my license in my friend’s apartment, so I was in trouble no matter what.

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The Graduates

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