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Date

May 7th, 2015

In Baltimore, a lush scene out of Renoir in a riot-torn city

    A white-haired man in coral slacks and a navy blue, brass-buttoned blazer stepped back and admired this year's blooms.

    The pink and white tulips - a Darwin hybrid known as Ollioules - were spectacular, and all around him, families lounged on blankets, nibbling on picnic food as children frolicked on the lush lawn.

    This Renoir scene? Baltimore.

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GOP candidates against the tide on gay marriage

    No one can be certain which way the Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage, but the direction of history's arrow is plain for all to see -- except, apparently, the Republican candidates for president.

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Gingrich Is Right: Double Medical Research Budget

    Newt Gingrich recently recalled the bipartisan deal that doubled the budget for the National Institutes of Health -- with fondness. This was about 20 years ago, when Bill Clinton was president, and Republicans under Gingrich had just taken over Congress.

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Europe's Google Problem

    Have you heard the term Gafa yet? It hasn't caught on here in the United States - and I'm guessing it won't - but in France, it has become so common that the newspapers hardly need to spell out its meaning. Everyone there already knows what Gafa stands for: Google-Apple-Facebook-Amazon.

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Baltimore's Breach Between Police and Community

    The anger in Ferguson, Missouri -- even the violence  -- was more understandable and, in that sense, less upsetting, than what we have been witnessing in Baltimore this week, in the aftermath of yet another black man dying in police custody.

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A "rough ride" for Baltimore

    Some people protest police brutality in ways that only remind us of why we need police.

    That's how I feel about the Baltimore rioters who some news reports described as "protestors."

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Will Gray's death change anything for a desperately poor part of Baltimore?

    Abandoned. Abandoned. Abandoned. Occupied. Abandoned. Occupied (I think).

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How record spending will play out in 2016 election

    The role of money and politics in the 2016 presidential election is a conundrum.

    Humongous sums will be spent; the effect on the outcome could be minimal, but in time the flood of cash may produce Watergate-level money scandals.

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Europe stops pretending to like Greece's finance minister

    Most of us have been in a business or strategy meeting where the outcome turned on the personalities in the room, rather than the logic or merits of the subject under discussion. The latest twists in Greece's negotiations with its creditors suggest a similarly unhelpful dynamic is at work among euro area finance ministers. The solution might be to change the cast, rather than keep hoping the drama will have a happy ending.

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ECB's three unappealing choices for Greece

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