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April 16th, 2015

Rand Paul's Trojan horse presidential campaign

    Rand Paul is a pleasant man with an impish grin and a head of permanently tousled curls. And, by presidential standards, he is on the short side, at 5 feet 8 inches, which for the moment adds to the my-mother-dressed-me- this-morning look.

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McDonald's Turns 'Progressive'

    You could almost feel sorry for McDonald's. That's an odd sentiment when you consider that the company's revenues in 2014 were $27.4 billion and its stock price makes it worth something like $92 billion. It's among the world's most valuable brands and has three times the U.S. market share of Subway, its nearest competitor.

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Good People Sometimes Back Bad Laws

    A law in Indiana and a bill in Arkansas making life harder for their gay neighbors have lost their wheels in a surprising smashup. Business interests, usually associated with the conservative cause, lowered the boom on "religious freedom" legislation supported by social conservatives.

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Can John Oliver make Americans care about privacy?

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A turning point in U.S.-Iran relations

    The framework agreement over Iran's nuclear program dramatically changes the Middle East. Hard-liners and hawks may complain all they want, but things will never go back to the way they were.

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Injuring the Quest for Justice?

    This week the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism issued its damning report about the journalistic lapses by Rolling Stone magazine when it published a salacious, and now-discredited, story about a supposed gang rape at a University of Virginia frat house.

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We may need to call out National Guard to enforce these rights

    The subjects were protest and time.

    A thoughtful teen told me that protest today just doesn’t have the efficiency that protest must have had, say, in the ‘60s.

    I told her she had a misimpression.

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Wartime ghosts

    Has World War II ended in the Pacific theater?

    That might seem a silly question in a year when the leaders of Japan and South Korea are coming, separately, to Washington in part to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allies' victory in Asia.

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The Obama Doctrine and Iran

    In September 1996, I visited Iran. One of my most enduring memories of that trip was that in my hotel lobby there was a sign above the door proclaiming "Down With USA." But it wasn't a banner or graffiti. It was tiled and plastered into the wall. I thought to myself: "Wow - that's tiled in there! That won't come out easily."

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Economics and Elections

    Britain's economic performance since the financial crisis struck has been startlingly bad. A tentative recovery began in 2009, but it stalled in 2010. Although growth resumed in 2013, real income per capita is only now reaching its level on the eve of the crisis - which means that Britain has had a much worse track record since 2007 than it had during the Great Depression.

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