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January 14th, 2015

Bush, Huckabee get ready for nomination war

    Everything you need to know about the state of the Republican presidential race is explained by the schedules of the first two candidates to publicly dip their toes into the 2016 waters.

    Former Florida Gov.Jeb Bush, like Willie Sutton going where the money is, was scheduled to fundraise in Greenwich, Connecticut, Wednesday.

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Black Wealth Matters

    As protesters march through our cities to remind us that black lives matter, grievances about our racially fractured society extend far beyond flashpoints over police violence.

    What is the state of the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about, particularly as it relates to economic opportunity?

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Back to the Future

    It's a new year in Washington, and I cannot tell you how harmonious things are looking.

    "There's plenty of common ground for bipartisan compromise," said Harry Reid, the new Senate minority leader. Well, not in person. Reid fell off an exercise machine at his house last week and he's staying home until he no longer looks as if he was pummeled on his way to the cafeteria.

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After attack, a debate on whether to publish

    Ever since a Danish newspaper drew death threats and incited protests by publishing cartoons satirizing the prophet Muhammad in 2005, American news organization have wrestled with a question: to publish or not to publish the offending, if clearly newsworthy, cartoons?

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A Corporate Coup in College Football

    Growing up in Texas, I learned that God and guns were important, but football — well, football was the real religion.

    So I can understand the hyperbolic exuberance of a radio hypester in Montgomery, Alabama, who declared that the December 20 Camellia Bowl was “going to be the biggest event Montgomery has ever had.”

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Time for a Pause

    You could easily write a book, or, better yet, make a movie about the drama that engulfed Sony Pictures and "The Interview," Sony's own movie about the fictionalized assassination of North Korea's real-life dictator. The whole saga reflects so many of the changes that are roiling and reshaping today's world before we've learned to adjust to them.

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The Rich and Their Anti-Vaccine Quacks

    California parents are refusing to vaccinate their kindergartners at twice the rate of seven years ago. So the Los Angeles Times reports. The result has been the return of measles and other serious diseases that can lead to paralysis, birth defects and death. The state is now suffering a whooping cough epidemic -- it's amazing to say -- in the year 2015.

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The Man or the Moment

    We measure our presidents against not only our hopes for the present, which are sometimes unreasonable, but also our understanding of the past, which can be just as flawed.

    Has a misreading of history informed a misappraisal of Barack Obama?

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Why DC's matriarchy matters, and the rest of the country needs to catch up

    The nation's capital didn't wait for 2016 to make political history.

    We started the year with three women in the District of Columbia's most high-profile jobs - mayor, police chief and schools chancellor - the only big city in the country to have such prominent female leadership.

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Watching the Republican Congress's first 100 days

    The 100-day evaluation is a marker in U.S. politics - superficial sometimes, though often a leading indicator. By April 15, 2015, the tone and motivation of the new Republican Congress may be apparent.

    Those first 100 days won't make clear which measures will or won't pass the 114th Congress; no one can anticipate intervening events over the next 600 days.

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