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July 3rd, 2015

Decades of battles converged for momentous decision

    It feels like the blink of an eye. At the turn of this young century, states were still free to prosecute gay couples for being intimate; as of Friday, states are required to offer them marriage licenses.

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A Refuge for Racists

    In one of the little acts of subversion that creeps into “The Simpsons” every now and then, a helicopter from Fox News was shown in 2010 with a logo, “Not Racist, But #1 With Racists.”

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Supremes Hit a High Note

    Wow, Supreme Court — what a week.

    “The Supreme Court just upheld Obamacare yet again,” Jeb Bush said in a fundraising shout-out. “This is the direct result of President Obama. He deliberately forced Obamacare on the American people in a partisan and toxic way.”

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Renounce the battle flag; don't whitewash history

    So how far do we take this whole Confederate battle flag thing? That's the debate gripping the nation 150 years after the end of the Civil War.

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Kennedy presents a Supreme decision on gay marriage

    In three majority opinions spanning 12 years, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy gave dignity to the lives of lesbians and gay men. His rulings respected their struggle for full inclusion in the American Dream and opened its doors to them. And with each successive decision, Kennedy presented the aspirations of gay and lesbian Americans not as a claim to special rights, but to equal rights.

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Justice Roberts' constitutional consistency

    Chief Justice John Roberts knew a torrent of conservative invective was headed his way, so perhaps praise from a left-of-center columnist is the last thing he needs.

    Sorry, chief, here goes.

    Roberts saved the Affordable Care Act, a second time, for the man who voted against confirming him. It was the right decision, a wise one, for the law, the court and the country.

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Conservatives attack, rescue Obamacare

    What a deal. The Supreme Court's Obamacare decision reminds me of a demand that an aide to the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley is said to have given to reporters: Don't say what the mayor says, say what he means.

    Conservatives hoped that the high court would hold congressional Democrats to what they wrote in the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, which they passed without a single Republican vote.

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Confederate flag controversy heats up

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call on her legislature to remove the Confederate flag from the state Capitol grounds has triggered a scramble among leading Republicans to find politically safe ground on the issue, aflame in the wake of the Charleston church massacre.

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The right to be free from guns

    Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said "Enough" after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying "Enough" after Charleston. But this time, we don't even expect anything to happen.

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The fall of the Confederacy

    One hundred fifty years too late, the Confederacy may finally be coming to an end. Finishing it off, however, will require more than getting rid of an offensive flag.

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