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May 21st, 2015

In Robert Dole, a GOP partisan who worked with Democrats

    With the exception of President Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole of Kansas was the most influential Republican of the last third of the 20th century. He sought his party's Presidential nomination three times, winning it once. And in 1976 he was the Republican vice presidential candidate.

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Cable news networks fear audiences will tune out

    There's supposed to be an ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." Even if it's not ancient or Chinese, it captures a certain truth. World War II was riveting. The Black Death was so fascinating that no one could talk about anything else. On the other hand, GDP growing 3.5% and everyone raising contented families in spacious, airy homes with swell schools? Yawn.

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7 things that are not like the Holocaust

    Sweden's deputy prime minister Asa Romson was compelled to apologize on Monday after likening the migrant refugee crisis in the Mediterranean to the horrors of the Holocaust.

    In a televised debate over the weekend, she had argued that the indifference of European governments was "turning the Mediterranean into a new Auschwitz." This sparked a predictable backlash, leading eventually to an apology.

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Fairfax parents need a lesson in tolerance - from kids

    Using the bathroom? Really? That's what this is going to come down to?

    Because that's the obsession of just about anyone who is still vexed by the idea that transgender Americans should be protected from discrimination: the restroom thing.

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At Rutgers, It's Books vs. Ballgames

    It's not exactly a secret that big-time college sports often distort priorities on university campuses. But every once in a while, something bursts into public view to put those priorities in glaring relief.

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Wall Street Vampires

    Last year the vampires of finance bought themselves a Congress. I know it's not nice to call them that, but I have my reasons, which I'll explain in a bit. For now, however, let's just note that these days Wall Street, which used to split its support between the parties, overwhelmingly favors the GOP. And the Republicans who came to power this year are returning the favor by trying to kill Dodd-Frank, the financial reform enacted in 2010.

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Unsportsmanlike conduct

    The quarterback arrived at Salem State University by helicopter to adoring, cheering crowds. "Most famous witch hunt victims in Salem?" read one sign. "Bridget Bishop. Rebecca Nurse. Tom Brady."

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Of Museums and Racial Relics

    Recently, Rush Limbaugh lambasted the first lady, Michelle Obama, for bringing up the idea of diversity among museum visitors at the opening of the new Whitney Museum in New York.

    According to Limbaugh, the first lady said: "Museums and concert halls just don't welcome nonwhite visitors - especially children - the way they welcome white people."

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May 14th

When cheap laughs cost too much

    Some people unfortunately think that the best way to respond to the intolerance of Muslim fanatics is to insult all Muslims.

    That's the twisted thinking behind professional Muslim-baiter Pamela Geller's ill-advised contest in Garland, Texas. Her organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, offered a $10,000 prize to a cartoonist deemed to have drawn the best mocking picture of Islam's Prophet Mohammad.

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A 'believer' tells all, or almost

    The man who did more than anyone to put Barack Obama in the Oval Office (other than Obama himself) has written a highly revealing campaign memoir, appropriately titled "Believer."

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