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August 10th, 2014

This Is Reform?

    Too little, too late.

    On Thursday, the 18 members of the NCAA's Division I board of directors voted 16-2 to allow the five richest conferences to play by their own rules, at least a little bit.

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RAPE - RAPE - RAPE

    Growing up in the generation when the word rape was hardly said out loud I am dismayed at how not just the word but the actuality of the act has become so common. I am appalled at the statistics regarding reported rapes with ample evidence that these statistics represent a small portion of what is believed to be reality.

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Obama on the World

    President Barack Obama's hair is definitely grayer these days, and no doubt trying to manage foreign policy in a world of increasing disorder accounts for at least half of those gray hairs. (The Tea Party can claim the other half.) But having had a chance to spend an hour touring the horizon with him in the White House Map Room late Friday afternoon, it's clear that the president has a take on the world, born of many lessons over the last six years, and he has feisty answers for all his foreign policy critics.

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It's A Can't-Lose Year

    Wow, it appears that Republicans in Tennessee just gave a vote of confidence to a right-wing congressman-doctor who has a history of having sex with his patients and encouraging the women in his life to end inconvenient pregnancies by abortion.

    This would be Rep. Scott DesJarlais, one of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives. The vote in Thursday's primary was so close that they may still be recounting on Inauguration Day.

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Is a Hard Life Inherited?

    One delusion common among America's successful people is that they triumphed just because of hard work and intelligence.

    In fact, their big break came when they were conceived in middle-class American families who loved them, read them stories, and nurtured them with Little League sports, library cards and music lessons. They were programmed for success by the time they were zygotes.

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Grief, Smoke and Salvation

    People who don't know the full truth about Mike Solomonov judge him by his fried chicken at Federal Donuts, a cult favorite in this city, and by his hummus at Zahav, an Israeli restaurant here of national renown. They're the signposts in a career that has burned bright in recent years and seems destined to burn brighter still.

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Back to Iraq

    It was exhilarating to drop a bunch of 500-pound bombs on whatstheirname.

    Just when Americans thought they could stop trying to figure out the difference between Sunnis and Shiites, we're in a new war in Iraq with some bad "folks," as the president might say, whose name we're still fuzzy on.

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Where goes the neighborhood?

    Consider how our definition of "neighborliness" has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant "reaching out to the people who lived next door" by, among other things, "offering to watch the kids in a pinch."

    Now, "being 'neighborly' means leaving those around you in peace."

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What 'war on whites'?

    If there really were a "war on whites," as a Republican congressman from Alabama ludicrously claims, it wouldn't be going very well for the anti-white side.

    In 2012, the last year for which comprehensive Census Bureau data are available, white households had a median income of $57,009, compared to $33,321 for African-American households and $39,005 for Hispanic households. The white-black income gap was almost exactly the same as in 1972; the gap between whites and Hispanics actually worsened.

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"Limited, Specific and Achievable"

    That is how one unnamed official described the military option in Iraq, last Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

    Of course, the war in Iraq is supposed to be over. It was called "Operation Iraqi Freedom" until its name was changed in 2010 to "Operation New Dawn." It ended in December of 2011, in its eighth year, with the American death toll standing just shy of 5,000.

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