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June 19th, 2015

Why I am a centrist

    Is it all over for centrism -- a failed and discredited doctrine? Some people seem to think so. They're mostly wrong, but I'm a centrist, so I'll try to meet them halfway.

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U.S. workers are getting less done, data show

    Friday's jobs report was solidly encouraging. U.S. firms added 280,000 employees to their payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said, more than analysts had predicted. Behind that big number, though, was a troubling question: If more people are working, why isn't the economy getting much larger? It certainly appears as though American workers are getting less done -- and as they become more inefficient, more of them are needed to keep the economy moving at the same pace.

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Pink Tasers, bra holsters: The new girl power?

    There were pink assault rifles, pink Tasers, leopard-print rifle slings, peach pleather concealment handbags and the Bosom Buddy, a handgun holster that attaches to a bra.

    There was plenty for us chicks at the Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia, this past weekend.

    The gun industry's numbers are saying we're the hottest thing going in the weapons world.

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Mexico City cabbies are getting physical with Uber

    The study guides given to prospective drivers for the Uber car service in this plugged and glutted megacity contain warnings that they might find certain neighborhoods and intersections less than hospitable.

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Driver hit by 'shamed' girl who jumped from bridge: I could have died, too

    It is the hair that haunts her.

    More than a week after the accident, after seeing the tiny girl plummet from the highway overpass, after feeling the girl land on the roof of her car with a sickening thud and a shattering of glass, Chelci Frutos still cannot forget the girl's hair.

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Conservative court win may backfire on Republicans

    The Supreme Court could make June the cruelest month for Republicans.

    The court will hand down two decisions fraught with political implications. One will decide whether same-sex marriage is protected by the Constitution, and the other whether to throw out a central piece of the Affordable Care Act, the federal subsidies for about 8 million Americans.

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Alabama Football Follies

    Well, that didn't last very long, did it?

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Fighting the Derp

    When it comes to economics - and other subjects, but I'll focus on what I know best - we live in an age of derp and cheap cynicism. And there are powerful forces behind both tendencies. But those forces can be fought, and the place to start fighting is within yourself.

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Black Dads Are Doing Best of All

    One of the most persistent statistical bludgeons of people who want to blame black people for any injustice or inequity they encounter is this: According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013 in nearly 72 percent of births to non-Hispanic black women, the mothers were unmarried.

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June 9th

From Paris, With Tough Love

    I'm a little worried about the French ambassador.

    Sure, he's good-looking and charming and popular and lives in the most romantic chateau in town.

    But I fear that he's one glass of silky Beaujolais and one tart tweet away from blowing up his life.

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