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Climate change: A matter of geophysics, not belief

A week after the fact, I had to force myself to go back and read The New York Times report on climate change: “Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace,” which documents nothing less than the destruction of creation as we know it.
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More hypocrisy from Trump

An ordinary hypocrite would know better than to demand absolute freedom of speech for his friends and deny it to his critics in the next breath. But then Donald J. Trump is no ordinary hypocrite.
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William Barr's failed attempt to save another GOP president

Fixing legal matters for troubled presidents — make that Republican presidents — has been William Barr’s calling card for 30 years. He pushed for a grand jury to be convened in Little Rock to investigate Bill Clinton shortly before the 1992 election.
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Going for Democratic electability

The beloved humorist Will Rogers surely put it best. "I am not a member of an organized political party,” he said. “I am a Democrat."

The UVa story: More than basketball

As we went to bed last Monday, I told my wife that maybe it was time I retired as a sports fan. It was never going to get any better than this. The Virginia Cavaliers had just won the national championship in a nerve-wracking overtime game against a tenacious Texas Tech team, and I was feeling jittery and euphoric. I can’t think when a ballgame has made me happier.

Legislators take page out of Trump's playbook to victimize vulnerable women and girls

This year, state legislators in Little Rock have been staging an all-out, unrelenting attack on abortion access in Arkansas.

GOP's health care quandary

Republican officeholders, in Arkansas and everywhere, have found themselves in an impossible catch-22 — caught between mutually conflicting political demands by their voters. I’m talking about the political dilemma of choosing between the widely hated Obamacare and the highly popular provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Kisses from Biden

If you didn’t know Joe Biden was of Irish descent, you might think he was French, or Italian. The man exudes personal warmth. He touches people, leans in close, pats their shoulders, whispers in their ears, and plants unsolicited kisses. Upon women, that is.

The worst legislature ever

Anti-women. Anti-poor. Anti-black. Anti-people. Anti-old-style Republicans.

'Exonerated'

So President Trump says the Mueller Report proves his innocence: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION.” As usual, he’s making it up.

Buying way into the Ivies: What else is new?

If it’s news to you that social climbers see buying their children’s way into fancy, name-brand colleges as the functional equivalent of wearing Rolex watches or driving Maseratis, then I don’t know where to start.

How to speak cat

Many people find cats aloof and mysterious, so much so that a small academic/journalistic industry has sprung up to explain the animals to their owners.
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