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March 26th, 2015

The Hidden Talent of Steve Jobs

    The relationship between journalists and Steve Jobs could often be fraught, but there were always a handful of reporters he liked and trusted. They included John Markoff of The New York Times, Steven Levy, formerly of Wired magazine (he's now at Medium), Walt Mossberg, the longtime technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal (he's now at Re/code), and Brent Schlender of Fortune. They had all been on the technology beat seemingly forever, and they had known Jobs for decades.

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Our Congress has become Fraternity Row

    On “The Nightly Show,” Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore nailed it.

    After the University of Oklahoma kicked its SAE fraternity off campus for a racist display that even for rich white boys was way past the pale, Wilmore quipped:

    "Don't worry; you won't be seeing any more of those frat boys -- until they're your congressmen."

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A deal bigger than Iran: Negotiations are about more than nukes

    There is a revealing contradiction in the Obama administration's pre-defense of a nuclear deal with Iran. The White House claims that Israeli and Republican critics have no alternative, other than war. But President Barack Obama recently reiterated that he is ready to "walk away" from a bad deal - and that the chances are no better than even that Iran will accept his terms.

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Israel's Gilded Age

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Flash Point Ferguson

    Ferguson, Missouri, is once again a flash point in this nation's struggle to come to grips with itself, as its citizens are embroiled in a profound conversation about bias, policing, the criminal justice system, civil rights and social justice.

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The right’s word-deed problem

    Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality.

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March 19th

U.S. race relations still on a tough road to improvement

    Fifty years ago, on March 15, 1965, Lyndon B. Johnson gave one of the most memorable speeches by a U.S. president, calling on Congress to enact a voting rights bill by borrowing the cry of the civil rights movement: "We shall overcome."

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Seeking the seal of academic approval

    College acceptance letters go out -- actually, college admissions web portals go live -- in a few weeks. This column was originally intended to help calm anxious high school seniors, and their anxious parents, about the whole crazy-making process.

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How Hillary can defeat Hillary

    If Hillary Clinton didn't do anything wrong, why is she so reluctant to talk about it?

    It is hard to call her barely legal use of her personal account to conduct government business a "scandal," since she so resolutely refuses to sound scandalized by it.

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For Hillary, the past is prologue

    Hillary Clinton must have experienced deja vu the other day, facing a demanding press bombarding her with questions about her penchant for privacy. The specifics of the interrogation were different, but the response was essentially the same as in her encounters as first lady in the 1990s, in her 2008 presidential campaign and her four years as secretary of state.

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