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Friday, July 3, 2015 - 3:09pm
    Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation's 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.     The move against the...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 3:09pm
    Judge A. Joseph Antanavage, with shotgun in hand, stood before a modified Confederate battle flag, and looked as if he had planned to defend whatever it is that the Confederate flag stands for.     But, this wasn...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:53pm
    The Supreme Court's decisive 6-3 vote confirming the right of all Americans to federally supported health-care insurance should end the Republican Party's losing war on Obamacare -- but it probably won't.   ...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:53pm
    It is impossible to know whether the Charleston tragedy will someday be seen as a turning point in the nation's long, difficult struggle with race. But we can hope.     At Friday's funeral services for the...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:46pm
    How will the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage alter the way Americans feel about the country, and how we feel about ourselves?     I can’t speak for everyone. But I can speak for this one 12-...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:46pm
    On one point the four dissenting justices in the gay marriage case are quite right: Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion shows how deeply the politics of identity have penetrated American culture and, now, jurisprudence...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:46pm
    If you subscribe to the caricature of devout religious believers as mostly sanctimonious hypocrites, the kind who rake in cash and care about human life only when it is unborn, come visit the doctor here.     Dr. Tom...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:45pm
    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.     But the...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:44pm
    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.”     So...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:44pm
    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...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:43pm
    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.     It took the massacre of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:42pm
    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...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:41pm
    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.    ...
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:41pm
    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....
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:40pm
    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...
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