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Date

March 19th, 2015

'Race relations' a nebulous thing in the hands of pollsters

    Whenever I see a poll that says race relations have gotten worse under President Barack Obama, I want to respond: compared to what?

    I don't hear a decent answer to that question from the pollsters. All I hear is more polls.

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Pain medications are killing a shocking number of Americans

    When is this country going to wake up - really wake up - to the catastrophe that prescription opioid painkillers have caused since they came into widespread use in the early 1990s?

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Nothing Ever Changes In The Hunt For A Clinton Scandal

    Where Hillary Clinton is concerned, nothing ever changes.

    The National Bitch Hunt has been going on for more than 20 years. As a personal matter, the inimitable Camille Paglia set the terms in a long-ago essay in The New Republic portraying Clinton as a "man-woman ... bitch goddess," and "the drag queen of modern politics."

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Middle class stuck in neutral

    Job creation is up. Unemployment is down. Wages are stagnant. And economists - well, some economists - are confused.

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Hillary and Her Server

    It's always nice to know, as I sit here writing, that somebody out there might be listening. This week, I know for sure. My last column essentially asked: What's the big deal about Hillary's emails if she's turning them over anyway?

    Thanks to everyone who wrote to make it clear just what a big deal this is for them.

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Health Care Under Fire

    Look out, the Supreme Court’s black-robed gang of far-right ideologues is rampaging again.

    The Supreme clan is firing potshots at the Affordable Care Act. Caught in the crossfire is the court’s own integrity, along with the health of millions of innocent bystanders.

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A Nation of Cereal Killers

    Cereal’s gone full circle since the invention of corn flakes by nutrition guru John Harvey Kellogg.

    Kellogg ran a sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan. An advocate of vegetarian eating, he sought an easy way for patients to consume healthy breakfasts of whole grains. The humble corn flake fit the bill.

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50 years after Selma

    Every once in a while, a historic event occurs that eloquently meets the needs of a contemporary national trial. Just such an occasion occurred last weekend with the 50th anniversary of the bloody civil rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

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Vernon Jordan joins Powell skepticism of GOP push for voter ID

    One of the nation's most prominent black business leaders said Monday on "Charlie Rose" that Republican efforts to restrict voting laws are racially motivated.

    "Absolutely," said Vernon Jordan, a senior managing partner of the investment banking firm Lazard Freres, "and some of these Republicans have actually said that."

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Transgender youth to have shelter in DC

    One nearly universal truth in the adult transgender world: When someone finds their true selves, that's often when everyone else leaves.

    That's how it happened for Lazema Mills, 30.

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