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  1. GREG SARGENT: A battle over 'personhood' is ahead of us

    Thursday, Apr 17 2014 11:04 PM

    Some of the most hard-fought Senate races this fall are likely to feature big fights over "personhood." A number of GOP Senate candidates, many of whom are still in primary races, are on record supporting measures that declare, in some form, that full human rights begin at the moment of fertilization. Once the general election races get underway, Democrats are likely to attack Republicans over this -- broadening the battle for female voters beyond issues such as pay equity to include an emotionally fraught cultural argument that Democrats have previously used to their advantage.

    This has already appeared in Colorado. Republican Rep. Cory Gardner renounced his previous support for personhood after entering the Senate contest, admitting...

  2. OTHER VIEWS: This is a tax break that is worth saving

    With lawmakers showing little enthusiasm for an ambitious proposal by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., to overhaul the byzantine U.S. tax code, Congress has to decide what to do about dozens of temporary tax...

  3. MICHAEL GERSON: Nostalgia for disaster

    The 50th anniversary of passage of the Civil Rights Act is also the 50th anniversary of the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Barry Goldwater, voting against the Civil Rights Act. Goldwater, his defenders effectively argue,...

  4. OTHER VIEWS: New password: It's 'sur**nder'

    Have you changed your passwords since the security flaw known as Heartbleed emerged? Have you made sure they're all long, alphanumeric and randomized? Did you use a unique one for every site -- every bank account, every e- mail address,...

  5. OTHER VIEWS: Two realities of contentious cable merger

    In the hot debate over the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, there are two competing versions of reality. In one, increasingly massive communications firms gobble up ever-larger shares of various, increasingly interrelated...

  6. OTHER VIEWS: Hey, Congress: Extend jobless benefits again

    How's this for irony: Having allowed federal unemployment benefits to run out in December, some lawmakers are balking at a bill to renew them retroactively because it might be hard to figure out who should receive them. Congress made this...

  7. OTHER VIEWS: Our markets need to stay open and fair

    In "The Financier," his great novel of American capitalism, Theodore Dreiser describes the thinking of his hero, Frank Cowperwood, who exploited banks, the state and investors. It isn't wise to steal outright, Cowperwood concludes; that...

  8. EVAN SOLTAS: Explaining the gender pay gap

    President Barack Obama commemorated Equal Pay Day this week by saying that women are paid less than men, only to undercut his argument with a lousy comparison. The larger problem isn't that women are paid less than men for the same work;...

  9. GRAY BRECHIN: FDR's New Deal lives today

    Imagine what the U.S. might be like had President Franklin D. Roosevelt not launched his New Deal in 1933, and you might get something like the 19th century. Not the Hollywood version, mind you, but a nation of often-impassable country...

  10. ESTHER CEPEDA: Getting strung along on immigration reform

    The week's award for truer words were never spoken goes to David Martin, who served as deputy general counsel at the Department of Homeland Security in the first two years of the Obama administration. Martin made a blunt observation to a...

  11. TRUDY RUBIN: Why recent elections in Afghanistan matter

    When Afghans went to the polls last week to elect a new president, Afghan social media enthusiasts sent out some incredible photos of women voters. The long, snaking lines of women in burkas, holding up sheets of plastic for protection...

  12. OTHER VIEWS: Why? Another violent attack on a quiet campus

    In the midst of shock and sorrow, there is bewilderment. The mass attack Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa. -- with 19 students and a security guard stabbed or slashed, including at least one critically...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: To curb waste, ease rules on healthy stuff

    No one should have expected that putting more vegetables in front of elementary school students would instantly turn them into an army of broccoli fans. Plenty of food has been thrown out since new federal rules took effect in 2011...

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