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August 20th, 2015

Harsh sentences aren't the only American injustice

    The new consensus that something is wrong with American criminal justice is welcome. The amazing number of people in prison-- a measure on which, adjusting for population, no other nation comes close -- is indeed a sign that the U.S. system is broken. It's good that the will to fix it seems to be growing.

    Yet dwelling too much on that one statistic is unwise. There's a danger of missing the point.

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Jeb Bush's brotherly wager

    Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton have a shared interest: Each wants to act as if the primaries are over and that the general-election campaign -- between, each hopes, the two of them -- is already underway.

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No rest - little acclaim - for undefeated DC Divas

    Washington just won the Super Bowl!

    Wait, you didn't hear? Did you miss the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue? The endless parties? Crowing from VIPs? Oh wait, that didn't happen.

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Voter Suppression Hides in the Gray Areas

    The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion that African-Americans in that torn-up Missouri city could get the city government they want if only they voted in greater numbers. After all, they are a clear majority of the population.

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Bank of America Stiffs Shareholders

    The year 2009 was rough for the Bank of America and its chairman and chief executive, Ken Lewis. On Jan. 1, the bank closed its $50 billion purchase of Merrill Lynch, a deal Lewis had hastily negotiated the previous September, as the financial world appeared close to collapse.

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Bristol Palin is right about conservatives and Trumped-up outrage

    Let's talk, for a moment, about fauxtrage.

    We all know outrage is in. It generates clicks, sells papers, powers online petitions by the bushel. It's a reliable national industry. And why wouldn't it be? There's plenty to be outraged about, if you have the time and the stomach for it. If you want to, you can spend every day in a perpetual high dudgeon or at least a low simmering dudgeon.

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Bush's familiar approach to foreign policy

    Jeb Bush has firmly established himself as the Republican to vote for if you wish his brother were still president. Best of luck with that.

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Fiorina's flip-flop on Clinton

    Carly Fiorina says some, well, interesting things while waiting to go on camera.

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How Watts changed journalism

    Fifty years have passed since the Watts riots, a disaster that brought death, destruction and an unexpected, although long overdue, boost to the value of racial diversity in newsrooms.

    Six days of looting, shootings and arson resulted in 34 deaths, more than $40 million in property damage and a spur to white flight from inner cities, especially when it was followed by similar eruptions in other cities.

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Upcoming debates need to get past the Trump circus

    A welcome if unexpected repercussion of the first Republican presidential debate is the pressure on the next debate's moderators to demand more prescriptions and less bombast from Donald Trump.

    The tough questions posed by the Fox News anchors drew ugly pushback from Trump, but they elevated the debate beyond a boring jumble of self-promoting recitations from the other nine candidates, each limited to a few spotlight minutes.

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