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In praise of Yellen

In a moment marked by political chaos, terribly nonrepresentative politics and men abusing their power, Yellen has been a trailblazing woman in a male-dominated field, applying her big brain and equally large heart to the challenges presented by the modern economy.

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Thank you, George W. Bush and Sally Yates

I am profoundly grateful to the many men and women who, often at great personal cost and risk, have stood up to the authoritarian in the White House. President Donald Trump has done much damage, particularly to our international standing and our civil culture, but it would be so much worse without these profiles in courage.

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Because Sarah sez so, that’s why

For a press secretary to require professional journalists to essentially beg for their supper, surrendering their adversarial posture like a dog commanded to Drop The Bone, is an infantilizing tactic. The effect is to neutralize the opposition.

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Be very grateful for our farmers

If there’s one thing for which Americans should be grateful, it’s that we don’t have to depend on other countries for our food supply. If there are two things, it’s that there are still people who will do the hard and dirty job of picking crops – even if we have to import them.

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Jeff Flake spoke up. Time to put up.

The Arizona senator condemned President Donald Trump for his “flagrant disregard for truth and decency.” It was some speech. And if he follows it by handing Trump a victory on tax reform, it was merely that: words. Pretty, yes. But pointless in the end.

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Sacramento must quit stalling on lead cleanup

After ignoring warning signs about lead hazards at the Mangan Park gun range for years, the city pledged to clean up contamination. Contaminated soil was removed from the leafy park surrounding the range. But in cleaning up homes, the city has engaged in delay after delay. Now officials have employed a new tactic with a dubious assertion – it’s not their fault.

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There is something truly historic about Trump

He surely has no rival in trying to assert the historic nature of everything he does. A search of the White House website finds that the president and his team have declared their actions historic nearly 400 times in their first 10 months in office.

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How evil is tech?

Some now believe tech is like the tobacco industry – corporations that make billions of dollars peddling a destructive addiction. Some believe it is like the NFL – something millions of people love, but which everybody knows leaves a trail of human wreckage in its wake.

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Lies, incoherence and rage on tax cuts

Republicans can’t even seem to get their fake story straight – and they literally start yelling obscenities when someone tries to point out the facts. GOP lies about taxes generally involve two issues: who is hurt or helped by tax changes, and what these changes will do to the budget.

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In Alabama, is morality more important than tribe?

The fact that most of Roy Moore’s supporters, thus far, are sticking with him – enough to cow the state Republican Party into sticking with him, too – means he has convinced many Alabamians that child molestation is a lesser sin than believing in the Constitution’s separation of church and state.

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