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Date

March 26th, 2014

Antiabortion forces shouldn't target families, individuals

    Is it fair to post an online database of names, photos, home addresses and telephone numbers of abortion protesters?

    A Maryland-based group, Voice of Choice, did just that: It created an online map of more than 150 protesters across the nation who target doctors and health centers that provide legal abortions, complete with all the personal information it could find on each one.

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Creativity Vs. Quants

    Here's how John Lennon wrote "Nowhere Man," as he recalled it in an interview that ran just before he was murdered in 1980: After working five hours trying to craft a song, he had nothing to show for it. "Then, 'Nowhere Man' came, words and music, the whole damn thing as I lay down."

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Into the Twilight Zone

    Let me go out on a limb: The Malaysian airliner did not get sucked into a black hole, vanish over the Indian Ocean equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle or crash-land on the spooky island from "Lost."

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Paul Ryan, Culture and Poverty

    Paul Ryan continues to be flogged for disturbing comments he made last week about men "in our inner cities" and their "culture" of not working.

    In a radio interview with Bill Bennett, Ryan said, "We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with."

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He Was Supposed to Take a Photo

    One of Raven Kaliana's first, hazy memories is of her parents taking her to a professional photo studio, telling her to be good, and then leaving her with a child pornographer. In front of a camera, a man raped her.

    She thinks she was 4 years old.

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Palmy Days for Jerry

    I ask Jerry if he's ready for Hillary.

    Back in 1992, when he ran for president against Bill Clinton, Jerry Brown was remorseless in taking on "Slick Willie," as he called him, and his wife, pelting them with accusations of corruption and conflicts-of-interest in Arkansas. In one seething exchange on the debate stage, Clinton snapped: "You ought to be ashamed of yourself for jumping on my wife. You're not worth being on the same platform as my wife."

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This Is What 80 Looks Like

    On Tuesday, Gloria Steinem turns 80.

    Do not bother to call. She's planning to celebrate in Botswana. "I thought: 'What do I really want to do on my birthday?' First, get out of Dodge. Second, ride elephants."

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Bob Strauss, a remarkable Democrat

    Former Democratic National Chairman Robert S. Strauss, who passed away Wednesday at a robustly lived 95, was a happy political warrior whose talent and energies took him far afield from his chosen playground, even to Moscow where he served as the first American ambassador after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Rand Paul's youth movement

    Rand Paul is the most intriguing -- and for Democrats, perhaps the most frightening -- figure in today's Republican Party. The Kentucky senator, who is more than flirting with a 2016 presidential run, is making a smart play for the millennial generation that was key to President Obama's twin victories and that his own party has convincingly repelled.

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Rep. Paul Ryan's 'inner city' blues

    Alas, poor Paul Ryan. I take the House Budget chairman at his word that he did not intend to offend African Americans with his statements about how the culture of some men "in our inner cities in particular" does not value hard work.

    After all, as some other fair-minded folks have pointed out, it is not as though Ryan said something that was new, untrue or -- in today's world -- distinctly right-wing.

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