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October 2nd, 2014

The Little Train That Won’t

    I love groups with the gumption to take on big tasks and do what needs to be done — can-do groups that can, and do.

    But, uh-oh, here comes The Little Train That Couldn’t. I’m talking about Congress.

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The Scourge of Siphon-Up Economics

    When the Census released the latest data on inequality, most mainstream media outlets shrugged it off.

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What the Republicans Chasing Hillary Should Learn From Wile E. Coyote

    As the Republican right's fear swells in advance of Hillary Clinton's anticipated presidential campaign, conservatives' feverish smears increasingly resemble the desperate gambits of a certain Wile E. Coyote. The latest episode in their cartoonish crusade appeared in The Washington Free Beacon, which headlined "The Hillary Letters" the other day with an ominous subhead: "Hillary Clinton, Saul Alinsky correspondence revealed."

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College priorities adrift

    No film more deftly portrays college-age ennui than Mike Nichols' classic 1967 movie, "The Graduate."

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German exceptionalism

    If you live in an advanced economy - in Western Europe, Japan or the United States - odds are you're in a funk. Unless you live in Germany.

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Islamic State's cruelty has made a bold new Obama

    Barack Obama's address to United Nations General Assembly this week was the one of the most important speeches of his presidency. Two weeks ago I argued that, in foreign policy, the United States and the world needed a different Obama. This week, they got one.

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Kids Who Don't Go to College Also Matter

    It shouldn't be this way, but the well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the comfort, safety and psychological health of children like theirs -- that is, children who go to college.

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Note to Secret Service -- lock the White House door

    As anyone who's ever tried knows, the White House is one of the most difficult buildings in the world to get into. Take it from me. I go there almost every day for the daily White House press briefings. You have to go through several layers of security to get onto the grounds, before getting into the building itself.

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Pope Francis' American messenger

    Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that.

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The Show-Off Society

    Liberals talk about circumstances; conservatives talk about character.

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