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January 14th, 2015

Race, the Police and the Propaganda

    Welcome visitors to New York City! This has been the best time ever to urinate on a street, sneak onto the subway or run a red light, for the police force has been on a virtual strike.

    Police officers may be making a point for contract negotiations. But many also are genuinely frustrated and, along with millions of other Americans, seem sympathetic to an argument that goes like this:

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Arrest of inspirational editor Shen Hao marks end of an era for Chinese journalism

    He was an inspiration to a generation of Chinese journalists, a writer whose belief in the power of truth symbolized an era of optimism and idealism in the profession, an editor who helped direct a surge of investigative reporting meant to defend the helpless and hold the imperious to account.

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AFL-CIO is on sound political ground to push for wage increases

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Riddle of the Pyramids

    "We're doing God's work," said William Ackman, the hedge fund manager, on CNBC this week. He was referring to his $1 billion bet against Herbalife, the company that he accuses of being an illegal pyramid scheme.

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On Duty for the Hug Watch

    As we move into a big football weekend, one exciting question uniting fans and nonfans alike is: What will Chris Christie do if the Dallas Cowboys win?

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Journalists must stand firm

    Je suis Charlie Hebdo. If "freedom of expression" is to be more than an empty slogan, Wednesday's terrorist attack in Paris cannot be allowed to have the chilling effect its murderous perpetrators intended.

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Is It Really A New Year?

    A week into the new year and I am taken aback when someone wishes me a happy new year. I've already forgotten. Of course, realistically no one expects a dramatic change just because the calendar changes but we do go through a lot of hoopla of fireworks and all manner of promises for great things to come. Alas, in looking all around today was like yesterday, that was like the day before and on and on.

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Charlie Hebdo and the true power of the pen

    The pen, by the way, is not mightier than the sword.

    There's no equation between the two.

    If you fight words with violence, the violence wins every time.

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Can the two parties disagree without being disagreeable

    Mitch McConnell's debut as the new Senate majority leader served at least one worthy Republican cause. It made Speaker of the House John Boehner, who easily turned back an intraparty challenge on the other side of the Capitol, seem the soul of sweet reasonableness by contrast.

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Can Jeb Bush clear the field for the GOP nomination in 2016?

    In preparing his path for a 2016 presidential bid, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is unlikely to emulate the brash and even flippant style of his brother, the 43rd president. He is too level-headed and thoughtful for that. But on the tactical side, he appears to be firmly in step with the George W., who ran and won in 2000.

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