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June 4th, 2014

Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies

    Low-income families weren’t the only ones hurt by cuts to food stamps last fall. Top Walmart executives also took a hit.

    The cutbacks ate into the discount giant’s sales because so many of its low-income customers rely on this public assistance program to help pay for their groceries. And that made it tough for the company’s top brass to meet their bonus targets.

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What about Alan Gross?

    The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban detainees raises the question: What about Alan Gross, the State Department subcontractor who has languished nearly as long in a Cuban jail?

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What Greenwald Gets Wrong

    Earth to Glenn Greenwald: If you write a book slamming the New York Times, it's naive to expect favorable treatment in the New York Times Book Review. Been there, done that. Twice, as a matter of fact.

    On the first go-around, the NYTBR reviewer -- a Times alumnus -- described mine as a "nasty" book for hinting that name-brand journalists don't always deal off the top of the deck. No inaccuracies cited, only nastiness.

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Not Much to Lose in Move From Coal

    Barack Obama need not ask how well he's doing in coal country, because the answer is always the same: Not well.

    A cerebral black man never had much of a chance in poor, rural white Appalachia; let's be honest (though we don't have to like it). In 2012, Obama lost to Mitt Romney in West Virginia by a 27-point margin. So Obama had little to lose politically in proposing new rules to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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The Mississippi paradox

    Can you hate the federal government but love the money it spends on you?

    The electoral earthquake that was Mississippi's Republican Senate primary has pushed this question to the forefront of American politics.

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June 1st

Where Do These People Come From?

    Growing up in the South I became quite familiar with various colloquial expressions to describe different situations. My mother often used one such in noting bizarre behavior: "It takes all kinds in this old world." That certainly covers the many human foibles of these days.

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No end to the criticism

    Four and a half years ago, President Obama made a speech at West Point in which he announced an escalation of the war effort in Afghanistan. "After 18 months," he declared, "our troops will begin to come home."

    I sipped the Kool-Aid at the time but left a lot of it in the glass.

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When it's not fit to print

    Any freedom, no matter how precious, is subject to abuse. Liberty minus the rule of law equals anarchy. Unless tempered by "a little practical wisdom," Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson famously warned in 1949, the Bill of Rights might become "a suicide pact."

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The rise of the Euro-right

    Who lost Europe?

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Elliot Rodger's misogynistic ravings inspire a powerful response on Twitter

    Yes, all women have been harassed.

    Yes, all women have been judged by our looks, not our merit.

    Yes, all women have been around men who have discounted, denied and demeaned us.

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