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August 20th, 2015

Can We Interest You In Teaching?

    Teaching can’t compete.

    When the economy improves and job prospects multiply, college students turn their attention elsewhere, to professions that promise more money, more independence, more respect.

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If I Were an Israeli Looking at the Iran Deal

   With the U.S. and Israel openly arguing over the Iran nuclear deal, I’ve asked myself this: How would I look at this deal if I were an Israeli grocer, an Israeli general or the Israeli prime minister?

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The GOP Right Provided Trump's Warmup Act

    There's this great scene from "Law & Order" where Detective Briscoe shows a victim's picture to a prostitute. He asks whether she knew of anyone who had "dated" him.

    "I didn't, but he's cute," she says.

    "You've been at this too long, honey." Briscoe replies. "He's dead."

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Videos of police end the mystery, if not debate

    The scene was chaos. There were people yelling, "Put the knife DOWN!" and others screaming, "Don't shoot her!" Smoke was billowing, fire engines were parked this way and that. In the middle of it all, a 22-year-old black woman with a knife squared off with a white D.C. police officer pointing a gun.

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A Welcome New Yardstick for Measuring CEO Greed

    Should corporations in America have to annually reveal how much they pay their most typical workers compared to how much they pay their CEOs?

    In 2010, Congress embraced that idea. Lawmakers plugged into the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a provision that requires major U.S. corporations to publicly disclose the ratio between what their CEOs and typical workers take home.

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A Year After Ferguson, Little Has Changed

    To establish my credentials, here's an insignificant event that happened to my wife and me a bit before last year's tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri. We'd taken our daily three-mile walk with the dogs along our gravel road where encountering three vehicles is a busy day. Often we see nobody.

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Are we headed for a four-party moment?

    If anything's constant in American political life, it's the stable two-party system, jostled occasionally by third-party presidential challengers such as Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996 or Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

    Yet, more rarely, at times of extreme political flux, this society has broken up into four parties.

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Big Ag Spars with the First Amendment

    The First Amendment may be inconvenient to some people at times, but it’s still the law of the land. Case in point: so-called “ag-gag laws.”

    These are laws in Idaho, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa that prohibit people from taking photos or videos of farms without permission. They’re designed to prevent the exposure of cruelty to animals on factory farms.

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Just make your case, Mr. President

    President Obama says those who oppose the Iran nuclear deal are either ideological or illogical. I support the deal, yet I think this assessment is incorrect and unfair. It diminishes the president's case for congressional approval.

    That case is strong but not overwhelming; it is not, to use a loaded phrase, a slam dunk. Reasonable minds can -- and do -- differ on whether to back it.

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Let’s Talk About Torture

    The CIA’s torture-era leadership won’t repent. Even after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report saying in no uncertain terms that the CIA had tortured its prisoners, that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that torture never elicited any actionable intelligence that saved American lives, Bush-era CIA Directors George Tenet, Porter Goss, Michael Hayden, and several of their underlings announced plans to release a book justifying torture.

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