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Date

May 7th, 2015

How record spending will play out in 2016 election

    The role of money and politics in the 2016 presidential election is a conundrum.

    Humongous sums will be spent; the effect on the outcome could be minimal, but in time the flood of cash may produce Watergate-level money scandals.

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Europe stops pretending to like Greece's finance minister

    Most of us have been in a business or strategy meeting where the outcome turned on the personalities in the room, rather than the logic or merits of the subject under discussion. The latest twists in Greece's negotiations with its creditors suggest a similarly unhelpful dynamic is at work among euro area finance ministers. The solution might be to change the cast, rather than keep hoping the drama will have a happy ending.

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ECB's three unappealing choices for Greece

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Britain's strange silence on EU's future: Clive Crook

    The British election on May 7 is too interesting for the country's good. Neither the Conservatives nor Labour expect to win a majority of seats in Parliament. Everything will depend on deals struck after the vote -- an idea to which other countries are accustomed, but not Britain. Never have the election promises of the two big parties seemed so irrelevant.

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April 30th

Granny Get Your Gun

    The most famous woman on the planet has a confounding problem. She can't figure out how to campaign as a woman.

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Is Democracy Unraveling?

    The world's democracies, perhaps especially our own, face a peculiar set of contradictions that are undermining faith in public endeavor and unraveling old loyalties.

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Why Massachusetts Led the Way on Same-Sex Marriage

    Margaret Marshall, the former chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, has heard the question before: Did she ever imagine that the nation's attitudes toward same-sex marriage would change so fast?

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War remains Obama's unending nightmare

    President Obama's acceptance of personal responsibility for the death of two noncombatants, one of them an American, in that drone strike on a terrorist site in Pakistan echoed how the fog of war has smothered his highest ambitions.

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Nobody Said That

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'Lynch Mob': Misuse of Language

    Last week, the Baltimore police union president, Gene Ryan, compared those protesting the death of Freddie Gray to a "lynch mob."

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