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January 8th, 2015

The GOP's bad habit

    Here's some advice for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that also applies to the Republican Party in general: If you don't want to be associated in any way with white supremacists and neo-Nazis, then stay away from them.

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Martin came, Reddit conquered. Now what?

    A day before he was to speak at Harvard, Erik Martin was walking his 5-year-old mutt, Mog, down a few Brooklyn streets to a park.

    Martin is in roomy blue jeans that fall over faded blue Nike sneakers. A few weeks ago, he was managing Reddit, one of the largest websites in the world. Now, he's unemployed.

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Mario Cuomo's airborne lesson in sexual tolerance

    It was 1983, and the newly elected governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, was flying on a small state plane from upstate down to the New York City. Tim Russert, his brilliant young press secretary, and I, a political journalist, were with him.

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Hillary Versus History

    When Hillary Clinton thinks about running for president, do you think she contemplates the fact that no Democrat has been elected to succeed another Democrat since James Buchanan in 1856?

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Disentangling feminism from the fad of feminism

    Last year was an immense year for feminism.

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Twin Peaks Planet

    In 2014, soaring inequality in advanced nations finally received the attention it deserved, as Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" became a surprise (and deserving) best-seller. The usual suspects are still in well-paid denial, but, to everyone else, it is now obvious that income and wealth are more concentrated at the very top than they have been since the Gilded Age - and the trend shows no sign of letting up.

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Questioning our questions

    It is a mark of our pluralistic moment that I learned of an old joke among rabbis from the writings of a great Christian scholar, Jaroslav Pelikan.

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Pragmatism, not emotion, must guide Cuba policy

    "With all due respect." That's a fitting sentiment to express to Cuban-Americans angered by President Obama's decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.

    Their emotions run deep, an indication of the decades of loss and hardship they and their parents experienced as exiles making a new life in a foreign land. To dismiss that pain would be cruel and unjust.

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Obama bids good riddance to a dismal political year

    Despite a late-year appearance of hopeful economic indicators and an 11th-hour boost in his Gallup Poll approval, 2014 bowed out as a distinct disappointment for President Obama as he faces the last two lame-duck years in his presidency.

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Hens, Unbound

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