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January 29th, 2015

Where's the Empathy?

    The funeral for my high school buddy Kevin Green is Saturday, near this town where we both grew up.

    The doctors say he died at age 54 of multiple organ failure, but in a deeper sense he died of inequality and a lack of good jobs.

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Running for Daylight (Obama, Not Brady)

    The talk up in Boston is all about deflation while the talk down here is all about inflation.

    Our sleek, techie president, whose battery dies faster than an iPhone's, was fully charged Tuesday night for the State of the Union.

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It's How You Finish

    As the world contemplates the deflated football scandal in Boston - ballghazi - please allow me one last moment of undiluted sports delirium. I live in Seattle, where, at least for a while, the sky is always blue, trees are blossoming early, all children are not only above average but get into the college of their choice, free. We are a city transfixed, rhapsodically floating, after the most are-you-kidding-me experience my hometown has ever been through.

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In Oklahoma, same-sex marriage brings concerns about acceptance and rejection

    The "polite gays," was how Tracy and Kathryn described themselves. Not political or loud, not obvious or overt, but understated, in keeping with their Oklahoma surroundings. Never asking anyone to think too hard or talk too much about the fact that they were gay at all. Except now they were about to ask everyone they knew to think about it, because they'd decided to have a wedding.

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Be Fruitful, Not Bananas

    My mother always believed that when you signed up for a regimen, you owed it your best shot.

    She was that way with diets. With aerobics.

    And with religion. For my father she converted, Methodist to Catholic, and she tried to follow the script.

    But in one way she couldn't, and it became a staple of her confessions.

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What is the GOP thinking?

    There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over ... abortion and rape.

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There's nothing secular about Boko Haram

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The absurd reality of child-care costs

 

    An editor said she was losing about $200 a month.

    An analyst said she just barely broke even.

    "Yes! That's me. I'm losing money going to work today. But I'm late! Can we talk later?" said another woman rushing to the office after dropping her kids off at a day-care center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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Obama faces reality

    Perhaps six years too late, President Obama gave strong indications in his State of the Union address that he's finally bought into Albert Einstein's definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over against and expecting different results.

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NFL finally dealing with its Most Serious Problem

    The NFL has called this "very serious."

    "The Patriots are guilty until proven innocent in the court of public opinion," Christopher Gasper wrote at the Boston Globe.

    Piers Morgan said the Patriots should be kicked out of the Super Bowl for doing this.

    What's this?

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