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June 19th, 2015

Guns in Your Face

    Life in America requires a lot of advance preparation. For instance, when you're getting ready for a plane trip you imagine what you'll do if a problem arises - flight delay, long lines at security. But I bet you haven't considered the best way to react if the man in front of you on the airport escalator has a gun dangling from his shoulder.

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A journalist lets the Internet supply her 'facts'

    Sooner or later it was bound to happen. A highly regarded talk show host, widely considered nonpartisan and scrupulously fair, picked up an unverified report from the Internet and used it as fact. When the subject of the report flatly and justifiably denied it, she had to apologize on the spot.

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Valuing the family

    Between now and the 2016 election, we need to have a searching national debate over family values.

    It will not be about whether we as a country are for them. We are. What's required is a grounded and candid discussion about what those words actually mean.

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Seriously Bad Ideas

    One thing we've learned in the years since the financial crisis is that seriously bad ideas - by which I mean bad ideas that appeal to the prejudices of Very Serious People - have remarkable staying power. No matter how much contrary evidence comes in, no matter how often and how badly predictions based on those ideas are proved wrong, the bad ideas just keep coming back. And they retain the power to warp policy.

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Pope: Climate change denial is immoral

    It takes a big ego to run for president. How else could you keep a straight face while telling everybody: "I'm the best person in the entire country to be the next president of the United States?"

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From Proud Label To Pejorative

    While we all know that language evolves, who would have thought that the word "liberal" would become a pejorative? It has almost become a fiat for anyone objecting to some proposal to call supporters "Liberals" in an unmistaken tone of disdain.

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Federal Lands Don't Belong to the States

    The federal government owns large chunks of the West. It owns 65 percent of Utah, 69 percent of Alaska and 83 percent of Nevada. Some Westerners see unfairness in that. They should not.

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Three Felonies a Day

    We’re supposed to be the “land of the free.” But believe it or not, the United States is actually the most incarcerated country on the planet.

    It’s true: While the United States has just 5 percent of the world’s population, it houses 25 percent of the world’s prison population. That’s more than any other country, even including Russia, China, and Iran.

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Second thoughts about first ladies

    He's unmarried. An avowed bachelor. If he won the White House, he'd have no spouse at his side.

    But Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., thinks there's an option. It includes his sister, maybe some female friends.

    "We'll have a rotating first lady," he told London's Daily Mail this week.

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Perry's flawed Texas 'miracle'

    All presidential candidates tout their works, and few works are more revealing than the condition of the states that this election's crop of Republican hopefuls serve, or recently served, as governors. Of these GOP govs and ex-govs, surely no one intends to get more mileage out of his state's standing than Texas's Rick Perry.

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