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Date

January 1st, 2015

'The Interview' really does subvert North Korea's regime

    For starters, "The Interview" is very funny, in the Seth Rogen foul-mouthed, silly way.

    And while the propriety of showing a real world head of state being assassinated can be debated - the latest in a long list of political and social boundaries pushed by Hollywood - it also has moments that are surprisingly smart and politically astute.

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Voters, leaders made 2014 a watershed year for marijuana

    Support it or not, there's no denying that this was a watershed year for marijuana.

    Within hours of the new year, the nation saw the first legally sanctioned sales of marijuana for recreational use in modern history. Throughout, states considered and often passed expanding access to the drug and, as recently as last weekend, Congress was interfering in D.C.'s pot policies and promising to stay out of the states.

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Tidings of Comfort

    Maybe I'm just projecting, but Christmas seemed unusually subdued this year. The malls seemed less crowded than usual, the people glummer. There was even less Muzak in the air. And, in a way, that's not surprising: All year Americans have been bombarded with dire news reports portraying a world out of control and a clueless government with no idea what to do.

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Hollywood flunks the screen test

    The plot was so bizarre it was hard to believe: The government of North Korea, offended by an adolescent comedy that jokes about assassinating Kim Jong-un, warns Americans not to go see the movie because they might blow up any theatre that screens it.

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Christmas joy without piety

    I once told a favorite pastor of mine that I liked him because he wasn't too pious.

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Behold, the Magic Kingdom of Dynamic Scoring

    While most citizens were distracted by the holidays, the enlarged Republican majority in Congress was laying golden pavers for its magical kingdom -- a fabulous place where taxes are cut, military spending is not and budgets balance effortlessly. The coat of arms reads, "Tax Cuts Pay for Themselves."

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A Merry Christmas economy

    President Obama in Hawaii and Americans elsewhere found an unexpected present under their Christmas trees this week in a surprisingly growing economy, lifting some of the gloom otherwise hovering over the national outlook.

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Support police, fight bad policing

    In an ideal world, there would be no contradiction between support for police and opposition to bad policing. But after the coldblooded murder of two police officers in New York, some people find it dangerously easy to confuse one with the other.

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Scrooges of the World, Begone!

    Merry Christmas! Yet in this season of hope and holiday cheer, Haiti might not seem the obvious place to celebrate.

    Almost five years after the catastrophic earthquake here, this country symbolizes poverty and hopelessness to many Americans. That despair and disdain are misguided. Haitian politics are still a mess, and poverty is deep-rooted, but the economy is rising, more children are going to school, and health is improving.

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Queen Elizabeth should yield, but not to Charles

    Queen Elizabeth II's annual Christmas day speech, when the British monarch treats her subjects to a recap of the year almost ended and her aspirations for the one coming, could be more gripping than usual this year.

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