Thomas Jefferson Street

July 2013


Anthony Weiner, David Vitter and Republican Sex Scandal Hypocrisy

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Republicans, the party of forgiveness ... unless you're a Democrat.

Anthony Weiner ain't no Bill Clinton, although many Republicans consider them one and the same, which is why many on the right are perplexed about Weiner's popularity rapidly dropping in the polls this week in his bid to become ...

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Republican Party
Weiner, Anthony
Spitzer, Eliot
Sanford, Mark
Clinton, Bill
Vitter, David
sex

Thoughts on a Class Reunion

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It's hard to come to grips with the past. It can be a welcome friend or a dangerous enemy. It can even be both at the same time, something of which occasions like class reunions abundantly remind us.

When you attended school in a community that easily could pass for the setting of a short story by ...

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money
happiness
high school

The Problem With John Boehner and the GOP's Desire to Repeal Everything

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We are, as our leaders as well as activists often remind us, proudly a nation of laws. But do we have too many laws?

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, seems to think so, as do many of his GOP colleagues. Presented with the sad facts of the state of the U.S.  Congress – an institution which has ...

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Congress
financial regulation
Affordable Care Act
health care
health insurance

Immigration, Gun Control, Syria and Obama's Disappointing Second Term

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In the Oval, you know things are bad when the best prospect before you is peace in the Middle East.

Washington loves a winner, and even President Obama's friends (like me) wonder why he hasn't put any points on the board in his second term, with a busy game of political hoops going on in Congress.

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Obama, Barack
Middle East
gun control and gun rights
immigration reform
Kerry, John
Zimmerman, George

What Helen Thomas Understood

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When I think of Helen Thomas, the veteran reporter who died on Saturday, I think not just of her glass-ceiling-breaking moves (for example, forcing the admittance of women into the White House Correspondents Association, then becoming the organization's first female president). I think not just of ...

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journalism
Twitter
Thomas, Helen

Can President Obama Create a Dialogue About Race After Trayvon Martin's Death?

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The not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial has led to visceral outrage from individuals across the country, especially those in the African-American community. The verdict has sparked protests, riots and violence across the country. This week a group of African-American youth senselessly beat a ...

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Obama, Barack
Zimmerman, George
Martin, Trayvon
Florida
race
racism
politics

Trayvon Martin, Erick Erickson and the Persistence of Racial Hostility

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Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder said Trayvon Martin's death was "tragic and unnecessary." The continuing American tragedy is the lingering racial chasm in American society. The U.S. has a black president and a black attorney general. But Paula Deen uses racial slurs, the Supreme Court guts the ...

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Zimmerman, George
Martin, Trayvon
Republican Party
demographics
immigration reform

Trayvon Martin's Hoodie Is Just the Latest Piece of Clothing Used to Explain Away Violence

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Is the hoodie the new miniskirt? Of all the politically – and emotionally – loaded details of the George Zimmerman case, the matter of Trayvon Martin's hoodie may be the most telling.

Martin, after all, was not just a black teenager walking in a gated community where he did not live. He was wearing ...

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Martin, Trayvon
Zimmerman, George
clothing
sexual assault
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