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Date

May 18th, 2014

The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges

    Part 1: Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., accepted a $2.5 million endowment from Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to strengthen that college’s programs and ties to the oil and gas industry. Part 2: Problems with academic integrity in other Pennsylvania colleges.

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Freedom to trivialize one’s religion

    It’s always odd to see how some whose allegiance to Christ is most explicit seem allergic to much of what Christ said. About materialism. About militarism. About inclusiveness. About forgiveness.

    Then there’s Christ’s comment about public piety – about those who “pray that they be seen by men.”

    He called them hypocrites.

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Cutting The Fool

    When I was growing up in the South we had lots of colloquialisms, one being "cutting the fool" to explain inexplicable behavior. I know of no more appropriate term to describe today's Republican actions. Their abhorrence of anything connected to President Obama and the Democratic Party goes far beyond any normal politics of the out of power party.

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'Catch 22' finds a home in China

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Battle for Reddit's soul reflects opacity behind the scenes

    Think of Reddit, the Internet's self-proclaimed front page, as the plankton of the digital information ecosystem. The vast, labyrinthine network of forums, founded in 2005, is the site where all other sites go to feed on memes, news stories, ideas or whiffs of them.

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This generation of kids is just the worst . . . again

    Blanket generalizations are like souffles: easy to make, if you don't mind watching them collapse spectacularly when someone blows on them. Especially when they concern a whole generation, like most of what is said about Millennials.

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Before there was Piketty

    The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in the United States. The Allies liberated Paris 70 years ago. And, of course, it's been 135 years since "Progress and Poverty," by the American journalist Henry George, was published in 1879.

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Time to remake shareholder capitalism

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Monica tries conscious uncoupling from Hillary

    An essay in Vanity Fair last week taught us more about Monica Lewinsky than we had learned since Ken Starr wrote his sordid x-rated report in 1998.

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Turmoil, and intimations of gender bias, at the Gray Lady

    The print journalism world has been shaken by the firing in no uncertain terms of Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times. The reaction has created as much buzz within the newspaper craft as the resignation little more than a year ago of Pope Benedict XVI.

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