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Democracy goes trivial with the Donald Trump/Lindsey Graham feud

Apparently, the six months leading up to the first presidential primary can now be aptly christened as the Silly Season. Four years ago, it seemed as if the nuttiness could not be topped, with Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain setting a high mark for unintentional comedy, but that mark has now been surpassed, thanks to Donald Trump and Lindsey Graham.

Trump strode onto this election cycle’s crowded...

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The Internet universe contains both marvels and monsters

Imagine a world without North Koreans hacking Sony, without Russian cyber-crooks raking in personal financial data, without terrorists recruiting on social media, without pedophiles making online hookups with children, without brutal pornography seeping out of Eastern Europe and into your teenager’s laptop. Imagine it.

Actually, those of us over 40 should find it easy to imagine because it is the...

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Trump gets away with insulting Mexicans, but not dissing McCain

One of the least appealing aspects of modern presidential candidates is that, to avoid saying anything that might prove to be an embarrassing, costly blunder, they cling to a rigid set of talking points that reveal as little as possible about what they really think and who they really are. What sets Donald Trump apart from that kind of timid, scripted politician is that he blurts out any thought that...

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Gardena cops' quick trigger fingers cost an innocent life

Two-year-old videos from a police shooting in Gardena have further churned the debate about violent police actions in non-white communities.

The videos, shot by cameras on squad cars, show two angles of the scene. Police officers had just rolled up to confront three Latino males after a call went out that a bicycle had been stolen in a robbery. To the cops, the word "robbery" opened the possibility...

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GOP hard-liners reflexively decry the Iran nuclear deal

Hard-liners in both Iran and the United States reflexively oppose the landmark agreement that was just reached to put a tight hold on Iran’s nuclear weapons program. On the Iranian side, the militants do not want to give up their drive to build nuclear weaponry and are appalled that their country’s representatives have been talking with the Great Satan, the U.S.A. On the American side, the militants...

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Scott Walker presidential? Do not believe the hype

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now officially in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and many folks in the GOP believe that he has the right combination of electability, experience and conservative appeal to be a major contender. Then, again, he may be just an overrated, pandering weasel.

Walker has gone through contortions to change his positions on immigration and ethanol to...

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