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August 28th, 2014

Media Won't Wait Until 2016 To Lie About Hillary Clinton

    I once knew a curmudgeonly physician whose wife practiced family therapy. In her off hours, she often counseled a small army of girlfriends through romantic entanglements. One evening at dinner, the grumpy doctor decided he'd heard enough secondhand tales of woe.

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Economy is winning midterms for Republican Party

    Republicans have grown even more confident about the midterm elections, convinced that the economy - where the actual data look good, though public perception remains sour - is moving in their favor.

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So much 'accountability,' so little learned

    For Colorado, with a new wave of state test scores just released from the previous school year, it’s a “gulp” moment. Years of intensive school “accountability” have yielded little but air.

    The Denver Post editorial board says it this way: “Despite 10 years of bold efforts in educational reform, very little seems to have changed in terms of student achievement.”

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The Man Who Blew the Whistle

    Late last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an oblique news release announcing that it was awarding an unnamed whistle-blower $400,000 for helping expose a financial fraud at an unnamed company. The money was the latest whistle-blower award - there have been 13 so far - paid as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which includes both protections for whistle-blowers and financial awards when their information leads to fines of more than $1 million.

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An early handicapping of Republican presidential field

    In the realm of Republican presidential politics, this has been a good year for Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. It hasn't been as kind to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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August 21st

Frustration in Ferguson

    The response to the killing of the unarmed teenager Michael Brown - whom his family called the "gentle giant" - by the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson - who was described by his police chief as "a gentle, quiet man" and "a gentleman" - has been anything but genteel.

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Spousal secrets no more

    How far would you go to stay out of jail? Would you publicly humiliate your wife of 38 years, portraying her as some kind of shrieking harridan? Would you put the innermost secrets of your marriage on display, inviting voyeurs to rummage at will?

    For Robert McDonnell, the former Virginia governor on trial for alleged corruption, the answers appear to be: "As far as necessary," "Hey, why not?" and "Sounds like a plan."

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Shock and awe in Ferguson

    For those of us who lived through the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, and for all of us who remember the Trayvon Martin murder, just two years ago, events surrounding the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown look all too familiar. As Yogi Berra would put it, it's "deja vu, all over again."

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Is Ferguson a Social Media Victim?

    Soon the cameras, protesters, gawkers and tweeters will depart Ferguson, Missouri, leaving the question: What will be left of this embattled city when the smoke clears?

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When to police political behavior

    The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role -- and proper limits -- of criminal law in policing political behavior.

    Exhibit A is the questionable -- "sketchy" was the apt word used by, of all people, Democratic strategist David Axelrod -- indictment of Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

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