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With health-care bill, the GOP is mounting a historic heist

The “health-care bill” that Republicans are trying to pass in the Senate, like the one approved by the GOP majority in the House, isn’t really about health care at all. It’s the first step in a massive redistribution of wealth from struggling wage-earners to the rich — a theft of historic proportions.

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Democrats and the losing politics of contempt

Whatever else might be said about Democrat Jon Ossoff’s not-so-narrow loss on Tuesday to Republican Karen Handel in the race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Democrats didn’t lose for lack of political talent, campaign financing and organization or enthusiasm among their base. They lost because of their brand.

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Mis-educating the young

Childhood is more structured than it has ever been. But then the great engine of the meritocracy spits people out into a young adulthood that is less structured than it has ever been.

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The great Muslim civil war — and us

The United States shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. The great Muslim civil war, centered in Syria, is approaching its post-Islamic State phase. It’s the end of the beginning. The parties are maneuvering to shape what comes next.

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Where did ‘we the people’ go?

What we’re experiencing is an assault on the very foundations of our society and democracy: the twin pillars of truth and trust. Americans signed up to have a relationship with ideals that are greater than us and with truths that we agreed were so self-evident they would be the foundation of our shared journey toward a more perfect union.

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Adapt or stagnate

In 1859, when Manhattan still had many farms, near the Battery on the island’s southern tip The Great American Tea Company was launched. It grew, and outgrew its name, becoming in 1870 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which in 1912 begat the first A&P Economy Store, a semi-modern grocery store.

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Can words be lethal?

What rules apply when a teenager allegedly persuades her boyfriend to kill himself? Aren’t we free to say whatever we choose in a private conversation?

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Bill Cosby and the crumbling of an icon

I’ve watched the crumbling of Bill Cosby’s iconic persona mostly with peripheral vision, glancing and then quickly turning away. I haven’t wanted to delve too deeply into the allegations or even closely follow the trial. I didn’t want to deal with the fact that a man I admired so much was accused by dozens of women of being a serial sexual predator.

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The poetry of life

The poet Billy Collins wrote that “everyone is born a poet, but life crushes the poetry out of you.” When I asked my children what they thought of this idea, my teenager Gray literally shouted: “I knew it!” — as if one of life’s great mysteries had finally been solved.

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Getting smart on crime helps fathers, families and children

On Sunday, families across our state will come together to celebrate fathers. A parent’s influence in the life of a child is unmatched, and holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day provide an opportunity to recognize the essential work moms and dads do every day to build strong families and raise healthy and happy children.

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Limiting technology begins at home

Last summer, my husband and I canceled our cable television. With two young children, we were beginning to feel a need to set boundaries with our own use of that most addictive of all modern vices — screens. We quickly learned that television is the least exotic device in the home.

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Big tech doesn’t care about your problems

The largest internet companies want our personal data, but they don’t want the transparency and responsibility that should come with it. While they generate billions of dollars of ad revenue with our information, they remain opaque and unaccountable.

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Being a good loser leads to life’s triumphs

I’m not just a good loser. I’d go as far as to say, in all modesty, that I am an excellent loser. I won’t say I’m one of the world’s best losers; I acknowledge there are others who are better at losing than I am. I can’t even come first in failure.

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From polygamy to pornography, a more permissive America

Over the past decade and a half, tolerance for polygamy has more than doubled among the American public. A similar trend applies to human cloning. Stunning as they are, these findings from the latest Gallup survey of moral opinion in the United States may tell more about the political future than the daily drama surrounding President Donald Trump.

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Jake Bentley works out with the Mannings

South Carolina sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley practiced Friday with Super Bowl winners Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. Bentley is working as a coach at the Manning Passing Academy.
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