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Date

March 12th, 2014

Is Obama a tyrant or a weakling?

    I'm not ashamed to admit it: I love politics. I've been at it for decades. It's important. It's fun. I've made a good living out of it, as campaign manager, candidate and commentator. But there are times when partisan politics has no place. And this is one of them.

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The Hammock Fallacy

    Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. So when you see something like the current scramble by Republicans to declare their deep concern for America's poor, it's a good sign, indicating a positive change in social norms. Goodbye, sneering at the 47 percent; hello, fake compassion.

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The Putin-Hitler analogy

    Historical analogizing is a risky business, but in the wake of Vladimir Putin's strike on Ukraine, it's also a growth industry.

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Who Belongs Downtown?

    Many American cities now enjoy an amazing reversal of fortune. Once hollowed-out shells mainly for those too poor to move -- or those so rich they didn't have to deal with the poor -- cities are again filling up with educated and aspiring young people.

    They are flooding into Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and other places once given up for dead. The influx of newcomers with money has raised housing prices and property taxes for many longtime residents, leading to social conflict.

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As military sexual assaults grow, Senate does nothing

    The examples are becoming too ridiculous to ignore, don't you think?

    On Thursday, the military's sexual assault morass was on display on both shores of the Potomac River.

    On the Virginia side, Pentagon officials admitted that the Army's top man in charge of prosecuting sexual assault is being investigated for allegedly groping and trying to kiss a lawyer at - of all places - a conference on sexual assault.

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Is Putin losing this war?

    A popular argument holds that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a big mistake.

    Because of Putin's violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, Ukraine is more likely to look west and prosper. Russia will be increasingly isolated and grow poorer. And Moscow will be stuck with responsibility for Crimea.

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It's About Time!

    As March is once more declared Women's History Month and the 8th as the Day of the Woman, it should be noted that it is less than a decade before the century anniversary of women's getting the vote. Notice, I did not say were given the vote because there was nothing given about it. It was a long hard struggle and in the words of Carrie Chapman Catt, "It took George Washington 6 years to rectify men's grievances by war. But it took 72 years to establish women's rights by law."

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March 7

    My father died on March 7, 1977.

    My best friend, Judy, died on March 7, 2000.

    Coincidence, of course, but one that kicks me in the stomach every year when I light the memorial candles for these people I loved who died so young.

    Technically, under Jewish law, they died on different days. Jewish law goes by a different calendar.

    In my heart, it's the same day.

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Pope Francis is listening to what Catholics want

    The Pew Research Center poll released Thursday showing that American Catholics strongly favor allowing the use of birth control - and allowing priests to marry and women to be ordained - comes as no surprise. It has long been thus. Catholics also continue to give high marks to His Humbleness, Pope Francis, whose approval rating remains in the mid-80s, unchanged from a year ago. Even the fact that half of Catholics think the church should recognize same-sex marriage is old news, given past polls.

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The American story of slavery

    Hollywood has finally taken an unflinching look at slavery. It's past time for the rest of the country to do the same.

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