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May 21st, 2015

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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How Hillary Is Winning

    As fleetly as Hillary Clinton vacuums up the money, she piles up the paradoxes.

    She showed fatal weaknesses the last time she chased the presidency and her inevitability evaporated like a California puddle, but she's somehow inevitable all over again. Invincible, even. Journalists have to remind themselves daily not to type or say "presumptive Democratic nominee" before her name.

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Fringe Festival

    In 2008, Mike Huckabee ran for president as a likable chucklehead who had lost 100 pounds. And you can, too! Now he's running for president as a grievance-burdened theocrat who has lost his mind. In the interim, he lent his name to infomercials hawking a dubious diabetes treatment of cinnamon and some other concoction, putting the Huckster in Huckabee.

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Despite DNA, the Rapist Got Away

    Natasha, 14, had just gotten off the school bus after ninth-grade basketball practice one evening and was walking home on a quiet street beside a creek. When she heard footsteps behind her, she thought it was one of her classmates.

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A Life That Mattered

    Michael Blake died last week.

    You probably don’t know the name.

    You probably don’t know about his life.

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Women's reward for being awesome: wrinkle cream. Seriously?

    Ladies, what's a fitting reward for being ambitious, stylish, beautiful, passionate? Something that speaks to the hearts of smart, successful women in 2015?

    Would you give them ... wrinkle cream? Of course you wouldn't.

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Watch Hillary Run

    I remember years ago asking then House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt why we Democrats persisted in the losing game of trying to raise as much "soft money" as the Republicans. Gephardt, the son of a milkman, the spokesman for working people (and for unions, who for a brief time thought they could beat business at the money game), shook his head sadly. Unilateral disarmament, he asked. When the public doesn't even vote on the issue?

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