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April 6th, 2014

Colbert's irony and Twitter don't mix

    One of the unwritten but widely respected rules of satire is that somehow, somewhere, someone simply isn't going to get the joke.

    And if they don't get the joke, you get taken seriously about something you don't really believe.

    That makes Stephen Colbert, who has turned a satirical version of himself into a Comedy Central superstar of fake news, one of the bravest people on television.

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GM, Christie travel path of no resistence

    Lawyering-up used to be a sign of guilt. Hiring lawyers to try to pre-empt a raft of independent investigations is a sign of futility.

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Good News and Bad News about News

    There’s some good news about the news business for a change.

    The big headwound traditional media venues like newspapers and TV suffered with the advent of Internet ads is starting to heal. The bleeding has either stopped or slowed to a less-painful trickle for most divisions of the Fourth Estate, according to the Pew Research Center’s recently released State of the News Media report.

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I Think They Can

    Like that little choo-choo in the classic children’s book “The Little Engine that Could,” Moral Monday is the little movement that says, “I think I can” and keeps chugging up the hill.

    This new progressive coalition became a full-throttle citizen uprising in North Carolina early last year.

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Lobbying to Sustain Inequality

    Congress will soon vote on a measure that would raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 and bring the tipped wage to 70 percent of the full minimum.

    The Fair Minimum Wage Act would give millions of American workers a long-overdue raise. Today’s $7.25-per-hour minimum isn’t a living wage anywhere in America. In fact, the average cost of living in America would require closer to $15 per hour.

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Suicide Kills More American Than Gun Violence

        As I waited for the body of a man who jumped in front of my train to be cleared from the tracks -- less than a week before another train I was riding struck a suicide victim -- it occurred to me that (a) I should check whether suicide rates are increasing due to the bad economy (they are, especially among men in their 50s), and that (b) talking about suicide is long overdue.

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Surprise! The Rich Won One

    Today, we are going to discuss the Supreme Court decision on political donations. Already, we have run into a terrible problem, which is the difficulty in having a fun conversation about campaign finance laws.

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The Abortion Fight, Forty Years Later

    It has been more than 40 years since the United States Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade that a woman, in consultation with her physician, has the right to decide whether to have a child in the early months of pregnancy.

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The Jeb Bush boomlet

    Inevitably, considering the absence of a clear Republican frontrunner for the 2016 presidential election, the name of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush of the family dynasty has been rushed to the fore. On his record in office and his soft-spoken personal appeal, he would seem a natural to go to the head of a list of only moderately impressive wannabes.

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This is the real end of China's one-child policy

    In January, superstar Chinese film director Zhang Yimou was fined the equivalent of $1.24 million for having three children in excess of the country's strict, so- called "one-child" family planning standards. It was a significant, possibly record fine, meant in theory to compensate the state for the social and material costs associated with those pesky, extra three lives.

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