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April 8th, 2015

Circus Time

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Addicted to Stress

    Not long now until freedom — or temporary freedom, anyway.

    I’m just one month away from the end of my first year in graduate school. It’s my first year out of a projected six, if I complete my PhD.

    In theory, it was a great idea to move from California to Wisconsin to attend one of the best sociology programs in the country.

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A Thumping Cruz-a-palooza

    Senator Ted Cruz’s recent announcement of his presidential candidacy was a real Cruz-a-palooza.

    It was part Ronald Reagan, part Elmer Gantry, part John Lennon, and part Jerry Falwell — yet it was totally Ted Cruz, full of blather and bloat.

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A Deal Isn't Just About Bombs

    To prove that Americans can be every bit as crazy as Iranians, I took my daughter along on my last trip to Iran, in 2012, for a road trip across the country.

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A clash of freedoms in Indiana

    Neither side in the uproar over Indiana's "religious freedom restoration" law has been totally candid about its benefits or its dangers.

    That often happens in politics, an arena in which it often seems that no statement is too good to be overstated.

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Tell Me How This Ends Well

    I've been in China for the last week. It's always instructive to see how the world looks from the Middle Kingdom. Sometimes the best insights come from just reading the local papers.

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Step away from the minivan, Mom, and don't feel so guilty

    The guilt. The guilt!

    Today's parents, especially today's mothers, are filled with guilt.

    It gnaws at us at pickup time, at bedtime, long after the kids have gone to sleep and we're Red-Bulled out of our minds making costumes or cupcakes or scrapbook photo albums to prove to ourselves and everyone around us that we are there for them.

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Privacy vs. Security: How the Debate Changes

    The pilot who crashed the Germanwings plane, taking 150 lives, was too ill to work, according to doctors' notes found at his home. But Germany's strict medical privacy laws barred the doctors from conveying that judgment to the airline.

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Republican right in Congress hasn't gone away

    In November, the Republican narrative was that the tea party movement was in decline, which would make it easier for congressional Republican leaders. The message was repeated last week as the Republican majorities in the House and Senate passed budgets.

    The idea that the right has been subdued is a mirage. The high-water mark for party unity may be those budget measures, which bear little resemblance to actual policies.

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Jeb's I-love-the-'90s education ideas

    Jelly shoes. Guys with frosted hair tips. Hand-held games. Wallet chains. Sony DiscMan. Netscape. Giga Pets. They’re remnants of another decade.

    And so in one regard is the man who offers to shape up America’s schools this century. Jeb Bush’s education policies come from another time altogether.

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