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Date

May 7th, 2015

The Baltimore Uprising’s Backstory

    What started out as righteous protest over the death of a young black man in the hands of Baltimore cops (he had been accused of “making eye contact with a police officer”) quickly degenerated into a full-scale riot. By nightfall the city was on fire, its hopes for a better tomorrow in ruins.

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Summer in the City

    What is a major league baseball game without any fans there to cheer? No one selling hot dogs, no one hawking programs, no need for any ushers. Welcome to Baltimore, where the first two games of a three-game series were postponed and the third is to be played with no people, lest what should be a sporting event degenerate into a race riot.

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Media Insinuates Clinton Scandals Without Actual Evidence

    As a professional matter, I've been halfway dreading Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy. The 2016 Democratic nomination appears to be hers for the asking. Democrats enjoy a strong Electoral College advantage. And yet it's hard to imagine how she can overcome the unrelenting hostility of the Washington media clique.

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Kraft’s Mac and Cheese: Less Toxic, Still Bad

    Kraft made news the other day with this announcement: Beginning next year, its macaroni and cheese will no longer contain artificial preservatives or colors.

    That’s nice.

    One of the favorite foods of American kids will more closely resemble something that actually comes from the earth, instead of something scientists concocted in a lab.

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How Can We Serve Our Public Servants?

    Back in my 20s, I had a modest dream: By my 40s, I hoped, I’d be able to pay off my student debt. I’d even give some of my hard-earned money to my mom and rent a nice apartment. Maybe I’d get a dog, too.

    And I wanted to do it while making a difference for working-class families like my own.

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Gay marriage's moment for justice

    My three takeaways from Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage involve the justices' reasonable anxiety about overstepping their constitutional roles; the ridiculous argument that same-sex marriage would harm the state's interest in protecting marriage as a vehicle for procreation; and the irrelevance of Roe v. Wade as historical precedent.

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Coal’s Collateral Damage

    Coal’s death throes are drawing closer, especially in Appalachia.

    Nearly three-quarters of the coal extracted from West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky these days is being mined at a loss. The number of coal companies declaring bankruptcy or edging toward it is mounting.

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School Vouchers: Flimflam By Any Name

    Our subject here is two self-evident and highly political truths: (1) School vouchers, by whatever name they’re called, are deceitful at their core. (2) Whatever proponents may call them, school vouchers aren’t really about education at all.

    We’ll talk about the ramifications of this deceit regarding vital K-12 public institutions, but first:

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On Trade: Obama Right, Critics Wrong

    I strongly support President Barack Obama's efforts to conclude big, new trade-opening agreements with our Pacific allies, including Japan and Singapore, and with the whole European Union. But I don't support them just for economic reasons.

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Love, Marriage, and Music

    At some point in my childhood, just before my teens, I was struck by the fact that almost all of the songs that I was hearing on the radio, half-consciously humming along to or committing to memory were about love.

    Different shades of love, yes, and different stages of it: the heat and hunger of its infancy, the expansive warmth of its maturity, the bleeding pain when all that's left of it is shards. But love nonetheless.

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