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February 26th, 2015

They've Done It Again

    Because I believe in giving the devil his due I do want to recognize the latest outrageous Florida legislator. He has introduced legislation to assure that only the proper gender is allowed in a restroom. As the wags put it, better take your birthday certificate to the toilet with you. Yes, this legislation is targeted to the transgender.

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The Slave Wears Prada: Confusion on the Red Carpet

    Lupita Nyong'o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in "12 Years a Slave." But many in the Academy Awards audience -- just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip -- must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they associated with a tormented slave floated up the stage stairs in a sumptuous sky-blue Prada gown, holding up the pleated skirt lest she trip on the yards of luxury.

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The GOP's Freudian moment

    After he won re-election last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id.

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Maureen McDonnell: A symbol of every pitfall of political spousedom

    It's probably best if there are no fancy gift bags for the political spouses this weekend.

    But I bet they'll all be talking about the ones they got in 2012, when a group of gubernatorial spouses attended a lovely luncheon hosted by a relative newcomer to their exclusive club: Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell.

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Cranking Up for 2016

    Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is said to be a rising contender for the Republican presidential nomination. So, on Wednesday, he did what, these days, any ambitious Republican must and pledged allegiance to charlatans and cranks.

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What Netanyahu doesn't see about siding with the GOP

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is giving chutzpah a bad name.

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The Cost of a Decline in Unions

    Like many Americans, I've been wary of labor unions.

    Full-time union stagehands at Carnegie Hall earning more than $400,000 a year? A union hailing its defense of a New York teacher who smelled of alcohol and passed out in class, with even the principal unable to rouse her? A police union in New York City that has a tantrum and goes on virtual strike?

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Science, with a side order of humility

    In his 1973 classic film, "Sleeper," Woody Allen plays a cryogenically preserved Greenwich Village health food entrepreneur who is brought back to life in the year 2173.

    Upon awakening, he requests a breakfast of wheat germ, organic honey and tiger's milk - puzzling his futuristic medical handlers.

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Obama foes got the judge they wanted

    One thing that is certain about Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Texas blocking implementation of President Obama's executive actions on immigration reform -- it won't be the last word.

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Money to Burn

    Someday soon, will all our jobs involve keeping extraordinarily rich people entertained?

    These days, that prospect doesn’t seem all that far-fetched.

    “The rich,” as journalist Chanelle Tourish notes, “seem to be willing to pay almost any price for outstanding service and experiences.”

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