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April 24th, 2014

Paying for the Climate Change Pivot

    We only have a few decades to deal with climate change. If humanity fails to cut back dramatically on carbon emissions by 2050, according to an alarming new UN report, our planet may warm past the point of our ability to fix the problem.

    Given global dependence on oil, gas, and coal, weaning every economy from fossil fuels to save Mother Earth won’t come easy or cheap. Fortunately, there’s a big pot of money available to avert a climate catastrophe.

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The Next Step on Affirmative Action

    In the mid-90s, when affirmative action was a hot topic in California, I got a call from a television network asking me whether I would be available to do a segment on affirmative action. As is always true on television, the first and critical question was: "Are you free at 3?" I was. Great, the young woman said.

    "So are you for or against affirmative action?"

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The subtleness of a court retirement

    The law operates with bright-line rules but also with balancing tests and concerns over image. The appearance of impropriety. The appearance of corruption. And so it is with lawyers, starting at the top.

    Competing concerns must be weighed -- personal health, institutional interests, legacy, longevity. And so, too, must appearances -- of undue politicization of an entity supposedly above politics, of gaming the system for ideological ends.

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This Voting Measure Has Got to Go

    No one can deny that voting is a civic duty, right?

    Well that depends on who you are. The reality is that many powerful people don’t want certain folks to vote. They go to extremes to discourage those folks from voting and even harass them to keep away from the polls.

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Golf re-invented? A good walk (further) spoiled

    Whether Mark Twain said it or not, whoever first defined golf as "a good walk spoiled" had a point, especially the way I play the game. But now golf professionals are threatening to spoil the game even further.

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The key to 2014

    The Democrats' biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party's base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states.

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Why Not Jeb? Also, Why?

    As the 2016 presidential campaign starts to gather steam, prominent Republican names are rushing to the fore. One is that of Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush.

    The thinking is that as painful memories of W's administration fade (to recap, two unfunded wars, soaring deficits and, as a grand finale, economic collapse), the public may feel more open to the idea of another Bush in the White House.

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Class warfare endures as preferred political strategy

    Probably no single episode did more to assure President Obama's 2012 re-election than that supposedly private fundraising lunch at which Mitt Romney famously declared that "47 percent of Americans" would never vote for him.

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The court stacks the deck

    Affirmative action has opened doors for disadvantaged minorities and made this a fairer, more equal society. The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts apparently wants no more of that.

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April 17th

SitComs Not Always a Laughing Matter

    My favorite new TV comedy is “Growing Up Fisher.” 

    It’s the story of a blind lawyer, his 12-year-old son, a mid-teen daughter, and an ex-wife who is trying to return to her adolescent years. The show is based upon the experiences of D.J. Nash.

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